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Rock Climbing Shoes

Special shoes for rock climbing differ from mountaineering and hiking boots in many important aspects. Many types and styles of rock climbing shoes are available and are listed below with their features.

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Breakdown and explanation of the sections of the rock climbing shoe

Rock Climbing Shoe SectionsThere are different features that would make a style or brand better suited for the different forms of rock found in mountaineering, and the different types of climbing.

1. Rubber. All rock climbing shoes have sticky rubber on the sole and rand. The qualities of rubber vary. The difference in rubber characteristics is minor. Hard rubber will perform better for edging and small ledges. Soft sticky rubber performs better on face climbs.
2. Sole. The sole of the shoe is several millimeters thick. The thickness varies to provide firmness or flexibility.
3. Midsole. This section is composed of a thin layer of material between the sole and the upper section . The rock climbing shoe gets its stiffness from the midsole.
4. Heel Rand. A thick piece of rubber that extends from the sole to the top of the heel. The heel rand is used during heel-hooking. It provides protection to the shoe and traction on the rock.
5. Heel. The shoe's heel should cup your heel. Some don't cover the sides of the heel with rubber. This generally provides a better fit, but makes heel hooking a little more difficult.
6. Heel Loop. A rock climbing shoe should fit tight. To get tight shoes on your feet, you will need a loop on the heel.
7. Lining. The inside of the shoe may be padded or bare. Padding makes the shoe feel more comfortable but adds a little weight.
8. Material. The side leather or cloth should breathe. This will allow moisture from your foot to escape and keep your foot securely in place.
9. Lacing. Both lace up and slippers are popular, and perform equally well. It is a matter of preference whether you get a lace up or slipper style rock climbing shoe. The real test is if your foot feels comfortable, tight at the toes, but not painful.
10. Curvature. The curvature is the shape of the "last". This is the basic shape of the shoe. The shape of the last provides advantages for different types of climbing. A down turned toe gives the rock climber support for edging and technical climbing. A "last" that shapes to the foot is more comfortable and performs better for longer climbs.

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Mad Badger Climbing Shoe - Kids

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The Mad Rock Mad Badger is an excellent beginning shoe for your son or daughter. With 3D Toe Cap technology, these shoes will last significantly longer than your usual shoe.

Mad Monkey 2.0 Climbing Shoe - Kids

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The Mad Rock Mad Monkey 2.0 is an upgrade of Mad Rock's ever popular Mad Monkey with two rear closure straps for even more adjustability. Mad Rock's new dual closure system prevents straps from scratching delicate ankles when cinching down for a tighter fit. Constructed with their stretch SynFlex...

Mad Rock Mad Monkey 2.0 Rock Shoes

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Introduce your kids to the sport of rock climbing with the comfortable Mad Rock Mad Monkey 2.0 rock shoes.

Evolv Defy Lace Climbing Shoe

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When you're ready to take your climbing to the next grade but you're not quite at the down-turned toes stage, step into the Evolv Defy Lace Climbing Shoe. This plush shoe uses laces, a leather footbed, and a perforated synthetic upper to keep you comfortable during long days at the crag.

Venga Kid's Climbing Shoe

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The Venga unisex kids shoe sports a modern look and comfortable fit and a size adjusting heel strap for growing kids.

Evolv climbing shoes Venga lime/purple yellow/black

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Climbing shoe: Category: leisure shoe Type bands: children Applications: Beginners children’s climbing Climbing shoe material: Outer material: Synthratek (Synthetic) Sole: TRAX Sole strength: 4.2 mm Midsole: half-length sensitive 1 mm MX-P Lining: nylon Climbing shoe equipment: Bands: asymmetrical...

Stickit Climbing Shoe - Kid's

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La Sportiva designed the Stickit to adjust to the growing foot of those monkey powered crimping machines we call kids. The lacing system allows the heel of the shoe to adjust so kids can get the best fit possible and you have to buy fewer pairs of shoes. The lace that wraps around the heel can be easily...

Mad Rock Men's Drifter Climbing Shoe

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Don't let this shoe's looks fool you. Having climbed grades up to V15, the Drifter proves an astonishingly great value. By steering clear of some of Mad Rock's more technical features, this wallet friendly classic puts competition on it's wake.

La Sportiva Tarantulace Shoe - Women's

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FEATURES of the La Sportiva Women's Tarantulace Shoe Quick pull lacing harness that delivers a snug precise fit Durable FriXion RS rubber compound for great grip and durability Lined tongue for moisture management SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva Women's Tarantulace Shoe Weight: 7.69 oz /...

Mad Rock Men's Flash 2.0 Climbing Shoe

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Mad Rock's iconic Flash has finally gotten a total redesign. The Flash's blend of comfort, durability, and performance has lead to its embrace by multitude of climbers. Over the years, the flash has been the subject of raving reviews and has won many accolades. So what could we do to make it...

Evolv Royale Climbing Shoe

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Whether you're cranking your first lead or looking for an all-day shoe for multi-pitch routes, the Evolv Royale Climbing Shoe gives you a super-comfortable fit without breaking the bank. The unlined leather upper stretches slightly over time to mold to your foot, and the double toe rand withstands...

La Sportiva Men's Nago Rock Shoes

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Go from the climbing gym to the crag with the all-around La Sportiva Nago rock shoes.

Evolv Shaman Climbing Shoe

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Evolv's mad scientists melted down lightning bolts, kryptonite, pure attitude, and locks of Chris Sharma's hair to create the mold for the Shaman Climbing Shoe. At a top secret unveiling, several people were carried away on stretchers after fainting at the sight of the Shaman's revolutionary...

Five Ten Blackwing Climbing Shoe - Men's

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Designed on a last similar to the renowned Dragons, the Five Ten Men's Blackwing Climbing Shoes provide the sensitivity and power required for steep double-digit boulder problems and 5. 14 sport climbs with the convenience of dual hook-and-loop closures. The down-turned Stealth HF outsoles allow...

La Sportiva Men's Mythos Rock Shoes

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One of the most popular climbing shoes around, the venerable La Sportiva Mythos rock shoes are adored by both beginners and pros.

La Sportiva TC Pro Rock Shoes

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Designed for edging and crack climbing, the La Sportiva TC Pro rock shoes get you through sections of smearing on dime edges and jamming your feet in finger cracks.

Climb X Kinder Kids Climbing Shoe with FREE Climbing DVD ($30 Value)

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A consistent bestseller, the Climb X Kinder kids climbing shoe is a favorite of parents and their kids alike thanks to its smart design and excellent performance. The Kinder utilizes a new heel filler adjustment system that makes the shoe expandable ensuring a long life span and possible hand-me-down...

Climb X Icon Climbing Shoe with FREE Climbing DVD ($30 Value)

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The Climb X Icon climbing shoe is the perfect all around shoe for bouldering, gym, sport, and multi-pitch climbing. The synthetic fabric allows for a comfortable low-stretch fit while the hemp footbed helps keep odors down. The Icon features a neoprene tongue for breathability and comfort. Size up for...

CLIMB X Technician Lace Climbing Shoe with FREE Mammut Carabiner ($10 Value)

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The Climb X Technician Lace climbing shoe hosts a number of innovations including a slingshot rand, molded 3D heel with the super sticky X-Factor rubber, and anti-microbial hemp footbed lining to keep these climbing shoes smelling fresh. A most useful tool in your ongoing fight against gravity. A technical...

Evolv Axiom Climbing Shoe with FREE Climbing DVD ($30 Value)

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A technical all-around climbing shoe that has an asymmetrical toe profile with a low top-of-foot volume. The Axiom is non-aggressive when fitted flat-toed and high-performance when down-sized. Whether the climber is a beginner or advanced, this lace-up will offer all-day comfort and precision. One of...

La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe

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FEATURES of the La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe Quick pull lacing harness that delivers a snug precise fit Durable FriXion RS rubber compound for great grip and durability Lined tongue for moisture management SPECIFICATIONS of the La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe Weight: 9.3 oz / 260 g Upper:...
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