Reviewed by Climbing Dad from San Diego on Friday, November 22, 2013
It seems the hardest part of buying climbing shoes online is the sizing. I bought a 43.5 for my son who is 10 1/2 street shoe and I wear an 11. I figured if they were too big for him daddy would get a new pair of shoes. Out of the box they were extremely tight for me and my toe knuckle was slightly bent. After a few sessions they did loosen up a bit and I could use them. They weren't comfortable but had a "performance fit." My son is very happy with them using them primarily outdoors bouldering on granite edges. They are a good balance between comfort and tight enough to climb well for his 10 1/2 foot. They would not be an all day shoe for an 11 foot. He did say that he was working a problem that had a key micro-edge little pocket and he taped the back of his heel to really cram his toes forward. Other people have mentioned that this is a fairly stiff shoe and the rubber on the sole is thick so it's not a super supple, flexible shoe. So this is probably not the best for super aggressive indoor climbing. However, this is a great all around shoe that will worrk in the gym but is probably better for granite slabs and edges. With a STP coupon the price was fantastic for the quality of the shoe.