Narsha Narsha Narsha.
It seems like everyone at climbing gyms and boulder fields are talking about Butora's Narsha Tight Fit Climbing Shoe, and not just because of it beautifully designed toe cover. That work of art is designed to give your toe the friction it needs to stick nasty toe hooks on greasy plastic and greasier granite. Butora made the toe—as well as the sole—out of Neo Friction rubber for long-lasting edging performance. The Nasha certainly sports a highly aggressive downturn, but Butora instilled this unique, internal NSF strap that adds room to the upper so you can have a little more comfort when you're sport climbing long routes.
- An aggressive shoe for bouldering and gym climbing
- Harsh downturn assures performance ideal for steep, overhung climbs
- Neo Friction rubber covers toe and sole for edging and toe hooking
- Heel rand with unique pattern that stretches for a better fit
- Internal NFS strap adds or reduces volume for a tighter or more comfortable fit
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: 8
- Height: 5'1"
- Weight: 112lbs
Haven't used these (hence the 4 stars), but did try them on. I wear a size 7 street shoe size and I could manage to put on the 7's but the 8's were the better fit. They feel very sturdy and long-lasting and I felt I had good toe stability. They hurt, but that's almost expected. The best part in my opinion is the heel cup!!! It's incredibly snug and protruding to do rad heel hooks with. That being said, the opening is a little too small for the crazy heel cup, so putting them on and taking them off takes a bit of effort. I decided against them because I'm looking for easy-on easy-off shoes. Otherwise, they feel great to climb in!
Takeaway, 1 size up from street-shoe size!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
As a man with fairly narrow feet, finding a well fitting shoe is painful, literally. If I size the shoe down enough so it isn't sloppy around the arch and heel, my toes will be locked in a hot spot vice grip. For years my go to shoe has been the Five Ten Teams, and while I have had no complaints, I have been looking for a stiffer option for more vertical sections or longer problems. That lead me to Burota's offerings. I started with the blue Acros, and while a good shoe, especially for longer sport routes, it had an odd combination of a baggy, stiff heel, which didn't inspire confidence when I needed to heel, especially off of a small edge. Everything else about the shoe I was a fan of, especially the comfort.
This lead me to the Narsha. It is a nice, stiff, well fitting shoe that eliminates the awkward heel in the Acro. The break in period consisted of me wearing them for ~2 hours while playing video games. I've since taken them to the gym three times and have been pleased. The rubber is decent, they have branded it different than the Acro's but after climbing with it I can tell little difference. From my amateur perspective it feels very similar the Five Ten's C4 and La Sportiva's Grip2, but not quite as sticky as the HF in my Teams. I don't know if that estimation is accurate, but I am not exactly a pro. The shoe is tight, but comfortable, have had zero issues with hot spots. Overall, I am glad that Butora has added another shoe to my arsenal and am looking forward to climbing with these outside at the Red come the fall season.
For reference since sizing shoes online is painful.
Street shoe: 10B
Five Ten Team Black: 9
Butora Acro Blue: 9
Butora Narsha Blue: 9.5
What is the sizing for women on this shoe?
Hey Lynn, from Burtora's website they list the women's sizing as one size down from mens. If I were you I would look at the EU size and compare to your other shoes because it will be more true to the size you want. If you have any other questions feel free to reach out to me directly.