Footwear — Rock

Review: Butora Altura Rock Shoe

Review: Butora Altura Rock Shoe

New to the climbing shoe scene, the Korean company Butora (BOO-TORE-AH) has come out with some great shoes and a unique fitting ideology that is sure to please climbers with hard-to-fit feet.  While it would be fun to test the entire line-up we have to start somewhere and so chose the […]

Review: Five Ten Quantum Rock Shoes

Review: Five Ten Quantum Rock Shoes

Five Ten has redeveloped the Quantum and the result is a well designed, featured and finished shoe that’s hard to miss in bright blue suede.  The breathable tongue and lined interior give the shoe a soft feel and soak up the sweat on long days while the always reliable C4 Stealth rubber […]

Field Tested: Scarpa Vapor V 2015

Field Tested: Scarpa Vapor V 2015

The 2015 version of the Vapor V has been on the market since the spring giving me the opportunity to really put them to the test.  I was a huge fan of Scarpa’s original Vapor V which were my go-to shoes for the gym and outdoor face climbing, both cragging […]

Comparison Review: Crack Climbing Shoes

Comparison Review: Crack Climbing Shoes

Comparison Review:  Crack Shoes As a climber, I find that one of the hardest pieces of equipment to get right are my climbing shoes.  They never feel the same in the atmosphere controlled environment of the local climbing shop after wearing them for a few minutes as they do wrapped […]

Long-Term: Scarpa Force X Climbing Shoe Review

Long-Term: Scarpa Force X Climbing Shoe Review

Gear that I like tends to get a lot of use, which is probably why my current pair of Scarpa Force X climbing shoes look like they have been through the tumble drier from hell. I also owned a pair of their precursor, the Scarpa Force. I wore those so […]

Field Tested: Scarpa Rebel GTX Carbon

Field Tested: Scarpa Rebel GTX Carbon

Note: As of July 2013, the Rebel GTX Carbon has been discontinued by Scarpa North America. It is being replaced by the Rebel GTX Pro which, while built on the same last, is insulated, has a front crampon bail and features a different sole. Should you need a pair of […]