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So Ill Holds Runner LV Climbing Shoe

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    Skinnier means faster sprints up climbs.

    The only difference between So Ill's Runner LV Climbing Shoe and its bluer brother is the lower volume that accommodates a skinnier foot. Ideal for boulders and routes at the gym, this shoe sports a moderate downturn with thin midsole so your toes can feel the subtlest jibs on vertical to overhung climbs. Its Dark Matter rubber comes from So Ill's Unparallel Rubber family, which the US Navy Seals use for reliable traction during covert missions, and its non-marking convenience ensures long-lasting durability. The synthetic upper features a padded tongue, and since it won't stretch much, So Ill recommends sizing this shoe like a regular street shoe.

    • Downturned climbing shoe for aggressive boulders and gym routes
    • Thin midsole in moderate asymmetry
    • Dark Matter rubber from UnParallel Rubber family
    • Synthetic upper with padded tongue with minimal stretching
    • Item #SIH001O

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    padded tongue
    Dark Matter
    moderate downturn
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

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    Great climbing shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Unfortunately, I bought these online and learned the hard way that you really do need to buy then big. Started off with an 8.5 when I wear a 9.5, then tried the 10, then finally landed on the 10.5 which fits like a climbing shoes should. That's no reason for a bad review though. I love these shoes. Super sticky and agressive enough to Boulder and sport climb in. I climb V6 and 5.11 and these work great for both.

    Make sure to try it

      This show looks great and feels great, but is incredibly narrow at the toes. If you have wide feet, I would not recommend, and I ended up returning it because of that comfort. Size also runs a bit small. I normally where size 8 shoes and could not fit into a size 9.5.

      A Review on the Fit

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Gave it a 4/5 because I haven't actually gotten to use them yet. I bought this shoe as a segway into a more aggressive style of shoe - my first pair was the So iLL bowlers and I've loved them as a beginner shoe. This style RUNS SMALL - I know some other reviews (not limited to this site) have mentioned this, but just be aware. If you have the option to try them on in-store, that would save you the hassle of dealing with exchanges. For reference, here are my sizes:

      Regular street shoe = 8.5 (women's)
      So iLL Bowler = EU 39/US 6.5 (men's)
      La Sportiva Women's Oxygym = EU 40
      So iLL LV Runner = EU 41.5/US 8.5 (men's)/US 10 (women's)

      Originally, I purchased a women's 8.5 (don't ask me why I thought that was going to be big enough...) and it was a miracle I could even get my foot in one shoe. I was genuinely afraid I wouldn't be able to get it off without help. Needless to say, I returned those. I went out on a limb and just guessed, based on the fit of the 8.5, what size would fit better - I ended up getting a women's 10 and it fits perfectly. I knew that it wouldn't stretch much, which is why I went up 1.5 sizes, and they're tight (still need to be broken in) but MUCH more comfortable. I wouldn't want to walk around or belay in these like I do my bowler's, however.

      Initial review: so far so good!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 10

      I'll admit, the first reason I wanted these was simply the color scheme. I think these are hands down the coolest climbing shoes ever made, so I was hoping they would live up to the hype.

      I'm a male but have narrow feet and as mentioned earlier I loved the colors which is why I went with the LV instead of the regular Runner. So Ill recommends 2 sizes up for guys (all LV shoes are sized in Women's sizing) from street shoe size and it is Spot On. Originally they recommended 1 1/2 sizes up and that was just too small. I'm an 8 street shoe so I ordered the 10. I ordered the 9.5 during the kickstarter and I just couldn't do it, especially knowing they wouldn't really stretch. And I've broken in a couple pairs of Miura VS's, so if you've owned Miura's you know how painful that process can be until they stretch haha.

      Anyways, about the shoes themselves. Only climbed in them once so far in the gym but they seemed to do pretty darn great. I wasn't looking for an all day comfy shoe and I didn't size them to be that way either, so for what I want them for they are doing great. I honestly bought them for harder routes in the gym because they are cheaper than my Miura's but I'm definitely going to test them on some projects I have at the local crags soon too.
      The rubber felt soft and sticky on all types of holds. I felt stable at all times and never had any foot placement issues. Given the downturn form and stiffer soles, these wouldn't be great for smearing, but that expected in my opinion from agressive shoes. However, the rubber is soft/sticky enough it probably wouldn't do too bad if you needed to smear.

      My main concern right now would be how long the rubber last since it seems soft. Which is great for sticking on everything but in the long run it would suck if I burned through these shoes pretty quick. Time will tell.

      I really love what So Ill is doing with their shoes, as long as the quality proves to last I will definitely come back for more and try some other models as well, because c'mon, you can never have too many pairs of climbing shoes =)

      Lastly, I mostly sport climb with little bouldering. Maybe 70/30 sport to bouldering

      Great shoes, but hard to get on at first

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: US women's 6
      • Height: 5'00"
      • Weight: 102lbs

      These shoes are amazing on small holds. They make me feel like I'm 2 inches taller because I can really press up on my toes on them without feeling like they are going to slip. They are great on small edges, but not so good for smears or small smeary foot holds.

      I have a normal volume foot and I got a size US women's 6, which is the same as my street shoes. They were a real struggle to get on and I wasn't sure I could wear them, but I pushed through and they stretched a tiny bit. They are still hard to get on and not super comfortable, but they work. I would probably order a half size up, so if you are a size 6 street shoe get a 6.5 or even 7 if you like a more comfortable fit.