If you are playing basketball, you’d want
to wear basketball shoes, right? Most sporting and outdoor activities require
specialty footwear, and it’s certainly true for climbing. Because when you need secure footing while
scaling a climbing wall, you certainly don’t want to wear Chuck Taylors that offer no grip. So if you’re thinking about pursuing climbing
as a new hobby, you want to make sure you have the right gear, and it all starts with
the shoes. Before we get started with our video detailing
the best climbing shoes on the market, we have included links in the description for
each product mentioned, so make sure you check those out to see which one is in your budget
range. Starting off with the best overall climbing
shoes we have the Scarpa Vapor V. The Vapor V from Scarpa is a solid choice
for most climbers, from overhung boulders to multi-day trad climbers. The shoe does a great job of mixing comfort
with performance, thanks to a moderately downturned shape that allows you to push off smaller
edges but without the discomfort associated with super aggressive shoes. In this update to Scarpa’s well-loved shoe,
randing (the rubber layer on top of the suede upper of the shoe) at the toe and heel has
been improved for more grip and a less restrictive fit. The air-mesh tongue and microsuede upper make
the shoe comfortable enough for long days and a variety of foot shapes. I was initially skeptical about the Velcro
closure, but I found the two straps and elastic cover on the tongue allowed me to dial in
the fit without creating hot-spots. These shoes are a little softer than the La
Sportiva Solution and other aggressive shoes, which makes for more comfort and sensation
but might compromise performance on the smallest edges. But, for me, this shoe struck the sweet spot
between accessibility and longevity, and it’s comfortable enough to be an intro shoe but
also technical enough to last as your climbing skills grow. The Vibram XS Edge rubber sole and microsuede
upper combine to provide a lot of grip and a little stretch, which means these shoes
should stay the same shape after months of use. There’s a clever feature, called the Bi-Tension
Rand, which, according to Scarpa, transfers power from the heel to the toe without jamming
the toes painfully into the front of the shoe. I’m not sure how much power was transferred,
but I could happily climb, belay, and boulder away a rainy Saturday at the gym without being
forced to take off my shoes to check if I still had all my toes. For most beginners, the Vapor V from Scarpa
will be a huge upgrade from rental shoes. Certainly, it will feel unfamiliar, but after
a few minutes on the wall, the performance benefits become clear. Experienced climbers will often amass a collection
of shoes, with something in their quiver (collection) for every possible contingency. But starting out with the Vapor V might mean
you can hold off your next shoe upgrade, as it really delivers great performance outside
and in, on a variety of routes. Next up we have the best climbing shoes for
beginners which goes to The Five Ten Gambit’s. The box for these shoes came with the instruction
that climbing shoes shouldn’t feel uncomfortable. I scoffed at the thought that a shoe could
be both comfortable and useful on challenging routes. When I slipped on the Five Ten Gambit, I was
ready to dismiss the shoe as not stiff or aggressive enough for anything but simple
gym climbs designed for beginners. But, as I challenged myself outside and in,
I was really impressed with what the Gambit offered, and I didn’t have to take the shoes
off to belay. The flat shape and low level of asymmetry
mark the Gambit out as a more comfortable shoe and one that is well suited to multi-pitch
routes where climbers will keep the shoes on for an extended climb, which allows for
resting periods on ledges in between difficult sections. The version I tested uses Velcro straps, but
a lace-up version is also sold for people who feel they need more adjustability. Expert testers liked the semi-technical fit,
with a slight bias toward the big toe and a grippy heel cup that allows for surprisingly
technical climbing in a comfortable shoe. The shoe’s padded tongue felt comfortable
and seemed to mitigate the pressure points and hot-spots I sometimes feel with Velcro
shoes. The cotton-lined leather upper didn’t stretch
much, but after a few weeks, I noticed a bit of expansion. In general, I would say these shoes fit true-to-size;
I ordered the same EU size that I wear in street shoes and have been happy with the
fit. The stiffened midsole helps with arch pain
on long climbs but makes the Gambit less sensitive than the softest slipper. Most beginners will notice this stiffness
and find it helpful as they progress to smaller footholds where the stiffer sole provides
a more solid platform. I also found the Stealth C4 rubber to be both
durable and grippy — again, a major upgrade compared to gym shoes that are often worn
out. The Gambit isn’t the ultimate performance
shoe, but it is more than adequate for any beginner or mid-level climber wanting to progress
out of gym shoes without the extreme discomfort of more aggressive shoes. If you want to go from the gym to climbing
outside, these are a great shoe to straddle both and, at less than $100, are extremely
affordable. Up next we have the best climbing shoes for
wide feet which goes to Solution from La Sportiva. I love a good aggressive climbing shoe. I inadvertently stumbled into a pair of stiff,
asymmetrical shoes when I began bouldering and since then I’ve always enjoyed the way
a more downturned and sticky shoe lets me trust my feet in a way that I can’t seem to
in a more neutral slipper. However, aggressive shoes can be unbearably
constrictive for climbers with high volume or wide feet. If this is you, the La Sportiva Solution is
just that: a solution to your climbing shoe problem. The Solution fits a broad range of feet in
comfort, thanks to its combination of a shoelace with a hook-and-loop tab that La Sportiva
calls the Fast Lacing System. This system allows the shoe to distribute
tension evenly, rather than creating hot-spots. There’s no mistaking this for a neutral shoe;
it looks like the talons of some kind of futuristic mutant eagle. The drastically downturned toe, stiff sole,
secured heel cup. and grippy Vibram XS Grip 2 rubber make the Solution a trustworthy partner
on aggressive bouldering routes and sport climbs, where tiny edges and heel hooks might
make the difference between sending (a successful climb) and ending up back on the floor. The asymmetric shape lets me stand on my toes
on the smallest of footholds, something that the Solution’s previous iteration was well
known for. This is not a shoe for all-day sessions, but
thanks to the innovative lacing system it can be easily taken on and off. In the first few sessions, I took advantage
of this feature but once the shoes were broken in, I was happy climbing for an hour or so
without the need to relieve pressure on my feet. I found that my high-arch but lower-volume
feet needed me to cinch really far over on the strap to get the tight fit I needed. I would consider cutting the strap down for
longer sessions. I found these fit a little larger than the
other similar-sized shoes I tested, but it may be because of my low-volume feet. If you find yourself between sizes, size down
on these. Backcountry buyers love the solution, with
one raving, “These will get you up some things other shoes just can’t.” Testers at Outdoor Gear Lab loved that they
could use the shoe on tiny edges and shallow pockets. These aren’t cheap shoes, but if the much-loved
previous model is anything to go by, they’ll resole well for years to come. I should find out, as I plan to keep them
in my gear bag for those times when I need a shoe to give me a little extra boost on
tough routes. And for our last pick we have the best climbing
shoes for less than $100 which goes to the Black Diamond Momentum. Black Diamond is to climbing what Coca-Cola
is to soft drinks. For years climbers have relied on the company’s
clothing, helmets, and headlamps, from the Himalayas to the local bouldering gym. Despite this, it wasn’t until 2017 that it
released its first climbing shoe. Thankfully, the Momentum shoe lives up to
expectations and delivers a great fit, beginner-friendly pricing, and excellent performance. The Momentum really shines for its ability
to combine comfort and performance. In large part, this is due to the use of an
innovative knitted material that expert testers at REI loved, saying that “the knit is tight
where you need support, and loose where your feet need to breathe.” The relatively flat and symmetrical shape
of the shoe means it’ll be comfortable when belaying or trad climbing longer routes outside,
as well as on short boulder problems (routes) or gym climbs. The synthetic material should maintain its
shape and deal well with sweat, chalk, and weather. The shoe looks basic, but the Momentum offers
a comfortable fit and surprisingly capable design, despite costing $100 less than other
shoes we tested. This comfort does not come at the price of
performance thanks to a well-engineered rubber sole and toe box. One buyer said, “I felt secure and confident
while smearing [pushing the shoe against the rock face for grip], and I had no trouble
hanging on to tiny nubbins while edging [using only the edge of the shoe to push off a very
slim foothold].” The shoe’s double tongues don’t tend to fold
up and create pressure points on the foot as much as single-tongue designs. When combined with the Velcro closure, one
expert tester found the Momentum “comfortable to wear all day whether climbing or belaying.” If you’re looking to get out of gym shoes,
this is a great upgrade. If you stick with climbing you’ll no doubt
find your shoe quiver growing, but this should remain a staple. I have several pairs of climbing shoes, and
there are certainly times when I reach for the super downturned and aggressive shoes
to help me send a particularly challenging route with a tiny edge. However, it’s the Momentum shoes that live
in my truck and that I know I can pull out for an evening at the gym or a full day of
climbing outside. That is what these shoes a fantastic choice
for any climber, no matter what their experience or climbing preference. So that sums up our top climbing shoes of
2019. We hope you enjoyed. If you did please leave a like on the video
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Dennis Veasley

5 thoughts on “✅ TOP 5: Best Climbing Shoes 2019”

  1. talons of a mutant eagle…. you tried to seem like a flat sounding no frills reviewer but that gave you right away. you are a funny dude. they look exactly like that and now i trust your review more. amazing

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