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This Vision Venture Camper Concept Is the Future Of Travel

We love it when folks go all out in their concepts. This one, travelers will surely love. The Hymer Vision Venture is a concept camper that imagines what traveling will look like in a few years.

Hymer, a German firm that makes campervans and motor homes, teamed up with a chemical engineering company called BASF to build a concept what spending a few days off the grid will look like in 2025, realistically.

At the heart of it? A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter — the same van drivers use to deliver Amazon packages. But this one comes with a custom-made body that hides such humble origins, then clears out plenty of space for a pretty sick cabin that can comfortably shelter two passengers.

Some of the components involves 3D printing, a method that makes this campervan terribly unfit for mass-production. However, only some parts go through that process. If you look at the back part, you’ll see that the Vision Venture fully opens to give the passengers a nearly uninterrupted view of the surrounding nature.

Step inside, look down, and you’ll see the wood flooring, which makes the whole floor seem like an outdoor deck. A small but clever touch that bridges the gap between indoors and outdoors. Hymer even added a built-in BBQ if you feel the urge for some good ol’ backyard grub.

In the cab, you’ll find a full kitchen, a bathroom, and a staircase leads to the roof-mounted bed. For a camper, the Vision Venture surprisingly looks organized and not cramped at all. Much of what you’ll see inside also come from natural materials like wood. As a result, it almost looks like a super chic nature-inspired abode.

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Adidas Adds The Terrex Free Hiker GTX To Its Outdoor Gear Repertoire

Among all other things, the modern man desires gadgets, an awesome home, a fancy car, and a lot more. Most of us probably want the same, but we can’t deny the fact that we occasionally want to get away from it all. The cool thing about it is we can always drop everything and head outdoors. Adidas is here to get you started with a pair of rugged footwear. The Terrex Free Hiker GTX might look like your average sneaker but the technology it packs is anything but.

Not to worry because these will still look great as casual wear, but know that you can do more with it. The thing is, hiking and camping will take you through some of the roughest terrains out there. Thus, what you need is a set of high-performance kicks that will take you where you want to go. Despite the laid-back design, Adidas assures us that it is a heavy-duty piece of gear.

It features a Primeknit upper for superior comfort and just enough stretch adapt to the user’s foot. Unpredictable weather and bodies of water along the way are no match for the GORE-TEX membrane lining. This combo makes the Terrex Free Hiker GTX waterproof and breathable at the same time.

The Boost midsole provides exceptional cushioning that quickly adapts to your movement. The ever-changing terrain is merciless, which is why the Terrex Free Hiker GTX is ready for anything. Some surfaces can become slippery and very dangerous, but the Continental Rubber outsole enhances the grip. Adidas is gradually expanding its lineup and the outdoor gear it is offering is quite promising.

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Cheetah Plains Game Lodge Is Surprisingly All About Relaxation

Don’t get the name wrong. The Cheetah Plains Game Lodge puts relaxation front and center. Set in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, the lodge turns traditional safari-style architecture on its head. All this to create a new kind of safari experience that feels authentic. But also as soft-blowed an experience as possible.

Employing state-of-the-art sustainable architecture that incorporates an afro-minimalist aesthetic, the Cheetah Plains Game Lodge pits many different forms against each other, challenging our notions of landscape. The result? A beautiful contrast between things that usually don’t go together but find, here, a thread of harmony amid differences. Here’s lead architect Stefan Antoni on the design:

“The architecture exists to enhance the experience of the outdoors — not to mimic it, but to complement it so that guests may experience the bush more directly, more immediately.”

You’ll find three private houses, comprised of a central building that houses a formal lounge, living room, dining area, and gourmet kitchen. Individually housed bedrooms make up the bulk of this space. They come arranged around the main structure and complete with their own outdoor bathrooms.

The interiors of the Cheetah Plains Game Lodge loosen into an expansive sun terrace and heated swimming pool. Moreover, you’ll find the African greenery enveloping this calm and serene unwinding spot. To protect this slice of paradise, the resort runs mostly on off-grid energy through solar power. What’s more, their grey-water is recycled to lower consumption. Plus, game drives are taken on electric Land Cruiser safari vehicles for least pollution footprint.

Oh, and did we mention each house comes with its own hospitality team? Check it out by hitting the link below.

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Mountain Life At The Casa MM

Nothing says American like one hand on the wheel, with the other hand hanging lazily by the convertible’s door. This image, of hightailing to the spotless fields of America’s numerous anyplace dirt-lined sojourns, is one of endless drive. The impulse to go somewhere, to keep going. Which is why we don’t bother much with destinations. But if it’s the Casa MM you’re going to, where you end up is just as important as getting there.

Sitting at the foot of a mountain range, the Casa MM not only draws in tourists, but those daring at heart. The spirits seeking the adventure of a lifetime, or at least someplace they can let loose. The nearby trails illicit a sense of wonder and curiosity for travel.

The dwelling itself, too, is a portrait of calm and peace. To combat the high traffic area, it uses a wedge shape: the narrow end of the house is oriented toward the paths, while the roofline is inclines toward the peaks. Positioned this way, the house takes the focus off visiting hikers and places it on the surrounding scenery. The solution seems simple enough to overlook, but the designers of the Casa MM integrated it cleverly.

You’ll also see that it features a sloping profile that mimics the rolling terrain enveloping it. Meanwhile, the concrete and stone facade complements the rugged environment. Some external materials remain exposed on the interior and intersect with wood tones. The combination evinces a unique atmospheric calmness, as if two different properties found a way to get along and converge. The result? Sheer beauty.

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Photos courtesy of Alarcia Ferrer

The Tera Cabin Is A 3D-Printed Getaway In The Woods

3D printed homes don’t come as a shock anymore. Ever since this unique method of building entered mainstream techniques we’ve seen a number of experiments employing this kind of printing. The Tera Cabin is one such example, though the difference this time is that it’s far more utilitarian than its superfluous contemporaries.

Using the same space-grade technology as Marsha, which won the NASA Centennial Challenge, SpaceFactory takes 3D print to a whole new level with the Tera Cabin. In and of itself, the dwelling is an impressive experiment. But it stretches beyond just being great because its aesthetic underpinnings have a purpose. The Tera Cabin gives a taste of what life on another planet would be like. And you don’t even have to leave Earth to experience such a sensation.

The cone-like exterior seems rightfully futuristic, like something you’d see in a Ridley Scott sci-fi movie. This structure comes formed thanks to a sustainable mixture of sugar and basalt. It boasts a living area, a sleeping loft, and a bathroom. The windows, which you’ll see come in diamond shapes, provide views of the rural vastness outside. You can also go to the outdoor terrace that overlooks the riverbank for more spectacular voice of the wilderness enveloping the dwelling.

Each stay in this futuristic getaway will contribute to research and development. Comfort and science; two birds with one stone. It will also help SpaceFactory fund future projects. The Tera Cabin will open its doors for visitors starting March 2020. Hit the link below for more information.

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Columbia SH/FT Collection Dare You To Brave The Wilderness

Whoever said hiking boots couldn’t slip inside a streetwear get-up should eat their words right this second. Columbia Sportswear unveiled just recently a line of sneakers and boots hybrid, marking the outdoor apparel company’s first venture into the world of sneakers. The SH/FT collection is, compared to its other offerings, much sleeker but still retains the expertly crafted utilitarianism.

The sneakers feature bright yellows and teals, and they unsurprisingly boast sneaker-like silhouettes, to boot (pun intended). With the SH/FT collection, Columbia Sportswear hopes to get some traction from the sneakerhead community, whose members prefer the slick, stylish profiles of Nikes and Adidas rather than the heavy-duty appeal of outdoor wear. Market analyses says there’s an audience for hybrids like this. Here’s Matt Powell, sportswear expert at NPD:

“The sneaker-boot trend has been around for a while, and we’re definitely seeing more blending and blurring of the lines between what’s athletic footwear and what’s fashion footwear.”

The SH/FT collection has much in similarity to Nike’s outdoor-focused ACG line, which couples industry-leading styles and silhouettes with characteristics typical of hiking gear. These urban kicks boast a 100% waterproof stretch-knit composition and call forth the spirit of streetwear’s most reliable footwear.

But they don’t stop on style, of course. This is, after all, a hybrid, so you get the best of both worlds. The gauzy stylish brio of conventional kicks and the robust, skillful craftsmanship boots bring to the table. The SH/FT collection is a win-win situation, in other words. Hit the link below to check out the collection.

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This Land Rover Back Packer Concept Needs To Become Reality

There are many ways to enjoy an outdoor adventure. Some choose to go on foot and challenge themselves, while others prefer to use a vehicle to reach their destination. It doesn’t matter how you get there as long as you end up happy and content. Having a form of transportation is always handy if you are lugging around a lot of stuff. However, ATVs and UTVs normally offer limited space. On the other hand, the Land Rover Back Packer is a unique ride that dares to break the mold.

Before any of you jump the gun, it’s important to know that the Back Packer exists only as a concept. It’s a shame because we really love what it will supposedly offer for nature lovers out there. Inspired by the overlanding capabilities of Land Rover’s four-wheelers, Edwin Senger created an exciting all-electric all-electric modular transport. What’s so intriguing about his proposal is the convenient function of turning into a form of shelter. This means that we no longer have to pack a tent or sleeping bag because this EV is a mobile sleeping pod.

By default, it is an open-top two-seater. When bad weather comes along, just open the headrest extend the roof over. At night-time, the interior becomes a comfy shelter with a see-through section to view the stars. Given its battery-powered nature, the Land Rover Back Packer can recharge using its solar sail. This off-road EV is ready for any surface with a set of airless tire. This needs to become a production model in the future.

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Joshua Tree Desert Retreat Offers A Minimalist Getaway

Look at pictures of Joshua Tree and you’ll see an unmistakable gateway to paradise — the kind that coaxes you to explore and venture out, an interactive kind of vacation marked with the restorative powers of seeing nature unveil itself if you look more closely.

But if you want a more relaxed trip, read on. Smack dab in the Joshua Tree reserve is a minimalist space called the Joshua Tree Desert Retreat. The sophisticatedly subdued house reeks of modern but also scales it down to compliment its barren environs. If you want to get away from the spoils of modern urban life, this is the place to hightail to.

The Joshua Tree Desert Retreat sits on a sandy plot. Inside, you’ll find an office area that cantilevers over a natural slope, propped up thanks to a foundation of stilts. Glazed windows that span from the floor to the ceiling let light in, and also offer a spectacular panoramic view of the mountain landscape enveloping the house. The concrete facade offers protection from the harsh sun and wind.

The entire Joshua Tree Desert Retreat space operates off-grid, too, by the way, and depends on solar panels and a battery back-up system for power. Like the place on which it sits, the Joshua Tree Desert House serves as a reminder of the beauty in spite of precarious living. Yes, the creature comforts don’t come readily available. But that’s kind of the point. Real life, out here, doesn’t come easy and smooth and straightforward. You’ll have to make do with the limits of comfort with amenities taken out. And only then will you truly realize the meaning of getaway.

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Photos courtesy of Northworks Architects + Planners

Lexus GXOR Concept

For outdoor adventures, Toyota’s Land Cruiser and other rugged models are great platforms to ride. Meanwhile, the Japanese automaker’s luxury vehicle division is the last place to browse for more elegant alternatives. However, it seems that that’s going to change soon with the introduction of the Lexus GXOR. As the name suggests, the company is taking the regular GX SUV and upgrading the heck out of it. It hopes to attract consumers who want a slice of luxury alongside a large helping of off-road reliability.

Although the GXOR is still in the concept phases, it gives us a preview of what the brand can do for overlanding enthusiasts. Making its debut at the 2019 FJ Summit, this SUV is looking already looking like a winner. Lexus understands what buyers want and hopes to meet their expectations when this finally becomes a production model later on. The one on display during the show comes with third-party upgrades. These aftermarket parts are turning an already capable transport into a more powerful off-road beast.

To prepare the Lexus GXOR for the dynamic terrain, it gets a 2.5-inch lift courtesy of shocks from Icon Vehicle Dynamics. The underside also gains protection from bumps and scrapes with an underbody armor setup alongside frame sliders from CBI. Meanwhile, the set of 18-inch F Sport wheels are equipped with General Grabber all-terrain tires for superior grip and traction. The modifications do not end there, but we want to point out the awesome addition of a Patriot Campers X1H trailer. All that’s left is for everyone to hope that this will eventually go into production with little to no changes.

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Ford Super Duty Tremor Edition Pickup Trucks

You can always count on American carmakers to craft some of the best utility vehicles in the market. We likewise understand that certain Japanese brands are capable of doing the same. What matters the most is that consumers get a machine that can meet their expectations. One of the most reliable automotive companies out there right now is the one sporting the Blue Oval emblem. As such, it’s flexing its muscles with the Ford Super Duty Tremor Edition pickup trucks.

This appears to be a bold move for the company to attract a certain demographic with a love for outdoor expeditions. According to reports, the Tremor Edition trims will be available for two models under its 2020 F-series lineup. To be specific, these are the F-350 and the F-250, which are already capable monsters by default. Nevertheless, you won’t hear us complaining when it comes to upgrades and performance tweaks along the way.

So let’s break it down. The time the Tremor badge made its way onto a truck was back in 2014. This was an older-generation F-150 with a sportier upgrade for both its interior and exterior. Meanwhile, the latest Ford Super Duty Tremor Edition focuses on the off-road capabilities of the pickup truck. Hence, we’re looking at making adjustments to the ride height by at least two inches. This gives it an impressive ground clearance of 10.8 inches. Moreover, this allows your ride to trudge over water up to 33 inches deep. Keeping all of its new powers in check is the brand’s latest adaptive cruise-control tech.

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GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Pro Camp Stove

When you’re out camping, the best approach would be to bring stuff that does not take up a lot of space. We’re here to help our readers discover the latest stuff that can help out and we found one for the outdoor chef. Traditionally, all the cooking is done using the campfire, but the uneven heat can give you undesirable results.

Camp stoves are an ideal alternative, but it’s difficult to find the right balance of portability and functionality. Well, that’s about to change because the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Pro Camp Stove is coming our way.

For the sake of portability, most camp stoves normally utilitarian and feature just one burner. Yet, the Pinnacle Pro manages to sport two and can still collapse into something that measures 1.25-inch thick. This makes it the ultimate camping equipment for those who want to cook like a chef outdoors.

Being able to prepare two dishes simultaneously can greatly enhance meal preparation if there’s a lot of mouths to feed. Thus, it’s awesome to have when you’re with a big group. Moreover, it touts a clever mechanical system that makes it easy to set up and store. A pair of retractable legs keeps the cooking surface at the right height.

Meanwhile, the two 11,000 BTU burners with piezo lighters will handle whatever food is on the menu. As much as we want to have the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Pro Camp Stove right now, we have to wait until 2020. Hence, we’ll have to make do with using regular models for the meantime.

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Wild & Wolf Portable Barbecue Grill

Just like EDCs, there are a few full-size gadgets and accessories getting the portable treatment. True to our nature, men want to have a contingency plan, which is why we want to bring tools for survival. Occasionally, we also want to have certain stuff handy for instances wherein we feel the need to accomplish something. For example, a lighter and pocket knife is ideal for emergency situations. On the other hand, when you suddenly feel like grilling something anywhere, the Wild & Wolf portable barbecue grill is the awesome answer.

Let’s being by saying that this is one of the more interesting products to come out way. What looks like a small suitcase actually holds a nifty little gimmick. Moreover, it somehow resembles one of those old-school metal lunchboxes. Meanwhile, just flip the clasps open to reveal its actual function as a versatile barbecue grill. Its form factor makes it easy to transport using the handle, while the size allows it to fit almost anywhere.

The set includes a coal tray, a cooking grate, and a built-in stand that folds out and locks in place. It’s perfect for camping, picnics, and other outdoor activities that will turn into fun-filled gatherings as your man the grill like a champ. The Wild & Wolf portable barbecue grill is part of the Gentlemen’s Hardware collection of products. For superior durability and performance, its using stainless steel for most of its components. Finally, the Navy Blue coating adds a stylish finish with the logo and a script on each side.

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Grillskar Island

This so-called Grillskar Island is a perfect getaway — that is if you have the money to buy it. On sale now from Sotheby’s, this private slice of haven in Sweden features a timber-clad cabin that screams cozy. More than that, though, what makes this a legitimate Scandinavian retreat is its unbeatable atmosphere.

The seaside residence is a minimalist masterpiece, boasting white planks and natural birch floors. It’s not a grand meditation on space, but it’s one of the homiest spaces we’ve ever encountered. Sometimes, you don’t really need conceptual. You just need practical comfort and solace — crucial must-haves especially if you’re on an island.

Elongated windows pepper the living spaces, allowing the maximum amount of natural light in. Beyond just welcoming plenty of daylight, they also act as your portal to sweeping views of the gorgeous environs. There are only two bedrooms here, which is no surprise considering how small and quaint the house is. Still, what little it has it makes use of well. As such, inspired wooden terraces make up for the lack of space, letting you view the rocky shoreline afar.

Apart from the main residence, the space also comes with a boathouse and a guest cabin, all of which are enveloped by the thick patchwork of trees in the area. This is quite the perfect setting if you’re a writer seeking isolation to write your great next novel. But even if you’re just a regular denizen exhausted by the city’s chaotic bustle, this is a rejuvenating retreat.

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Photos courtesy of Skeppsholm Sotheby’s International Realty

Victorinox Ranger Of The Lost Art

Victorinox is launching this cinematic EDC as part of its National Parks Swiss Army Knives collection, aptly called Ranger of the Lost Art. What sets these EDCs apart from their siblings is that they each feature iconic ‘30s and ‘40s silkscreen posters. These, if you must know, promote America’s national parks.

These posters were actually headed to the dump at one point. However, and rather fortunately, Park Ranger Doug Leen decided they looked too good just to chuck in the garbage bin. Through laborious research, Leen has recovered 12 of the 14 original designs, and now they cover Vioctorinox’s latest line of robust knives.

The Ranger of the Lost Art series depicts several of those posters. Moreover, this collaboration between the EDC company and Leen seeks to continue the original mission of the posters. Those had aimed to promote art, health, and travel to America’s park hotspots.

Nine of those designs, at $22 apiece, pay homage to some of the country’s largest parks like Yosemite, Glacier, the Grand Canyon, and more. Each Swiss Army Knife boasts the usual suspects: a small blade, scissors, a nail file, a screwdriver, and a toothpick. There’s even some tweezers and a key ring if you need those.

Needless to say this EDC essential has every tool you need to brave the backcountry, which is no surprise. This is, after all, handiwork from Victorinox, whose prowess in this category remains unquestioned. Each knife comes with a lifetime warranty, too, but there’s never been that many cases of them breaking, just so you know. Hit the link below to find out more.

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2004 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500 On Auction

Depending on the auction scene you are following, supercars, one-offs, and other high-performance rides will be on display. On the flipside, if you’re after items that are quirky and maybe odd, there are times when it can pop up. One such instance is the recent posting about a 2004 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500.

For those seeing it for the first time, it looks like a strange hybrid between a pickup truck and a tractor. This is a multi-purpose machine that can handle the most demanding workloads and won’t even break a sweat.

Powering this beast is a 6.4-liter Mercedes-Benz OM906LA turbo-diesel inline-six. This reliable powerplant produces 260 horsepower at 2,200 rpm along with an impressive 700 lb-ft of torque. Using an 8-speed manual transmission it delivers all that power to all four of its wheels. Furthermore, portal axles give the Unimog U500 a towering ground clearance. The 20-inch wheel comes with a central tire inflation system and sits on Michelin X tires.

The original configuration features a single cab enough for two people, but this one flaunts a crew cab from Plastisol. Meanwhile, it’s also sporting a three-way dump bed sourced from a Unimog model with a shorter wheelbase. Likewise, a custom rollover bar with LED lighting and a spare tire mount are welcome upgrades to the package.

Inside the cabin is a utilitarian setup with gray vinyl upholstery and splashes of blue plastic all around. Next, is the floating center console where all of the various controls are accessible. This 2004 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U500 may not appeal to everyone, but it certainly has a badass appeal that will call out to a buyer out there.

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Nike THE10TH Collection

There’s no question that military-inspired themes are popular among men. Almost everything from cars, gadgets, tools, and footwear are regularly coming up with designs showcasing the style. We’re excited to introduce something new from an American sports apparel brand, which they’re calling the Nike THE10TH collection. There are two models included in the lineup: the Nike React Sertu and the Nike React Ianga.

According to Nike, the collection pays homage to co-founder Bill Bowerman’s tenure in the military. The THE10TH label comes from his stint with the United States Army’s 10th Mountain Division. These group of soldiers specializes in operations that involve extreme cold and mountainous areas. Hence you will notice that both shoes are ready to tackle various surfaces that you would find outdoors.

Let’s start off with the Sertu – a sleek mid-top with a combination of leather, nubuck, and woven textile mesh. We’re looking at a combo of colors such as gold, wheat, and black with orange cord lacing. The electric green tongue features a translucent TPE yarn panel to give the shoe a striking contrast. The midsole is mostly white with brown rubber segments and a solitary orange spot distributed throughout.

Next is the Ianga, which sports an upper made of canvas, leather, and suede. It’s mostly in black with wheat tones on the heel, side panels, and the rear tab. You can find the Nike branding sitting on the vamp just above the top cap. The white midsole extends up a little bit up the heel, while elements of light brown creep up the sides alongside an orange dot. The Nike THE10TH collection colorways are looking good and we hope to see more.

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Buck Knives Compadre Collection

As a whole, consumers are always in the market for new stuff, which is why companies strive to refresh their hardware regularly. Nevertheless, we also crave for the classic every now and then. Therefore, it’s not strange for companies to revisit some of the top-selling products from their older catalogs. Here we have the Buck Knives Compadre collection, a set of heavy-duty tools to accompany you on your outdoor adventures.

These include the 108 Compadre Froe, 104 Compadre Knife, and 106 Compadre Camp Ax. Buck Knives reveals that these are not merely reissued products, but rather upgraded version of their popular series. Outdoor enthusiasts will find that each of these will soon become their ideal camping companions.

Starting off with the 104 Compadre Knife, it is a versatile EDC drop point blade for various tasks. Next is the 108 Compadre Froe, a functional go-to tool for clearing, splitting, chopping, and batoning. Finally, the 106 Compadre Camp Ax, is the ultimate accessory that will work through wood with ease.

All of these camping tools feature blades made of Cerakote Cobalt-coated 5160 spring steel. This special coating adds a stunning finish and protects the metal from rust and corrosion. For superior grip and durability, its using handles made of Natural Canvas Micarta. Additionally, all three include black leather sheaths to make them easy to carry around. You can’t go wrong with the Buck Knives Compadre collection, because of the brand’s stellar reputation. You can grab the 108 Compadre Froe for $180, the 106 Compadre Camp Ax for $150, and the 104 Compadre Camp Knife for $125.

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Rat Island Retreat

This gorgeous eco resort would live on New York City’s remote Rat Island if it ever becomes more than a concept. A proposal by Jendretzki Design, the plan puts prefabricated gabled cabins on this remote location. It features large glass facades littered along the island’s edge to provide breathtaking views of the ocean. The off-grid resort’s cabins and buildings would use zero-energy, running only on solar and wind power. The carbon-neutral structures would also have rainwater collection systems for potable and service waters.

Rat Island actually exists, by the way. Belonging to a private owner, the landmark spans 2.5 acres and is located just off of City Island Harbor and the greater Long Island sound. The ground is mostly Manhattan schist bedrock, but it’s got an interesting history — this was once home to a quarantine hospital during the typhoid fever panic in the 1800s. There are no buildings here at the moment, though. Probably because water engulfs the whole island during high tide.

Despite such woes, Pablo Jendretzki remains confident the remote island would make the perfect spot for an eco retreat. As for the high tide, he says there’s a small canal penetrating through the island carved out of rocks about 100 years ago. The firm incorporated this into its concept so canoes and small boats can still reach the island even during high tide.

Due to its perilous location, all the structures must have concrete brace foundations. The design also dictates the piers be bolted directly into the landscape. Sadly, this merely is a concept at the moment. However, the firm is presently conducting zoning analysis to determine if it can be done.

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Photos courtesy of Jendretzki Design

TentTube Inflatable Tent

Tents are an essential camping and outdoor gear. That’s annoying because tents, more often than not, are cumbersome to set up. Even someone with heaps of patience might mutter a curse word or two due to how inefficient these things are at setup time. Thankfully, there’s TentTube.

With a similar design to the popular Heimplanet line of inflatable tents, TentTube is itself also an inflatable tent, but one that campers can pitch in just a minute. It’s on Kickstarter right now trying to gather funds, but given how things look, it’s bound to hit its targets.

It’s got a geodesic structure and a lightweight profile that amazingly requires no heavy tent poles.

“Traditional tents are hard to pack, cumbersome to carry, and difficult to set up. We set out to begin a revolution in the tent industry,” says the company behind this effort. By replacing the traditional poles with our Patented inflatable AirFrame, TentTube is 50% lighter and smaller, making it your perfect home on the go.”

A true revolution in the world of camping gear, TentTube features air-filled tubes instead of poles. As a result, it’s way, way lighter than its peers. 50 percent lighter, to be exact. And when you’re done, it folds and slips into an ultra small packing space. This is perfect for those who always travel light. Especially since they won’t be lugging any cumbersome poles along.

Inside, TenTube provides overnight shelter for a maximum of three people. Although you could technically squeeze in more if you’re creative enough. Plenty of handy stash pockets inside too, for your belongings. Really, what’s not to like here?

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Best 20 Rock Climbing Shoes For Men

BEST ROCK CLIMBING SHOES FOR MEN

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The newest release of the Shaman rock climbing shoe from Evolv is the first product in our guide. This takes its nods from the original and builds upon it. Their redesign provides a much-needed improvement in the fit department with performance and comfort with more at the toe end for hooking on those overhangs. They also benefit from the inset-style frontal strap that provides enhanced medial-side scumming with the toe. As they’re made from completely synthetic materials, most notably the Synthratek VX in the upper, they’re vegan-friendly.

Aggressive in style, they have an extremely downturned arch and toe to provide you with a maximum level of performance, while the love bump fills in the empty space below your toes and increases the energy towards the edging. Thanks to the knuckle box design of the toe compartment, there’s room to rest your big toe’s knuckle while its curled up without pushing the rubber or fabric around that can create hot spots.

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  • Material Synthratek VX upper
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Second in our guide, and not for the last time is a shoe from La Sportiva. This is a company that has a long and illustrious history within the boots and shoes manufacturing industry. Founded in Italy by Narciso Delladio in 19928, they started out as being focused on clogs and boots for lumberjacks and farmers. However, nowadays they’re widely recognized as one of the leading manufacturers of skiing, mountaineering and rock climbing shoes. Created in collaboration with Tommy Caldwell, a Team Climbing athlete, the TC Pro are designed for not just technical, powerful edging, but also crack climbing without compromising in either discipline.

They’re an edging machine with a cutting-edge mid-height profile, with soothing and protective though thin layer of padding over the toes and around the ankle for when your navigating the cracks. While the P3, the specially patented platform gives the most powerful and precise, yet sensitive edging abilities. The TC Pro’s flat toes also enhance the comfort in your feet and the lateral rand perforations as well as the ventilation in the tongue encourage a reasonable level of air flor to stop sweating and sores from developing into a real problem.

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  • Material Vibram 20%, Leather 80%
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Back with Evolve, this time highlighting the awesomeness that is the Defy rock climbing shoe from the company. This is arguably one of the best, and undeniably one of the best-selling shoes of its kind in the world. It’s got an anatomical and ergonomic fit that makes it great for both veteran climbers and newbies alike. When you consider how stunningly beautiful, they are, that may be all the motivation you need to invest in them. It also helps that they’ve got a versatile asymmetrical shape and style.

In addition to the vegan-friendly and comfortable Synthratek VX, the company have also used another great material in the Agion Antimicrobial for the lining. So, as well as durability, you get protection against odors. With a hook and loop closure and split tongue, they’re also easy enough to slip on and off and can be tightly secured if necessary.

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Five Ten are a family-owned company and they are responsible for the next pair of rock climbing shoes in our guide. They’ve for a long time been releasing cutting-edge and finely crafted shoes that are fashion-forward and offer high-performance for various areas in the outdoor industry. The Quantum climbing shoe was devised by Five Ten with Thomas and Alex Huber and the brand-new shoe has a lot to offer.

On the outside, there’s the stealth-like c4 outer sole and to ensure that the shoe was as comfortable as possible, we have lined the upper with a soft clarion-style synthetic fabric. Its tongue is made from Ariaprene and has been appropriately perforated to give the wearer breathability. Although it’s not nearly as extreme as some of the others in our guide, the downturn is enough to ensure the Quantum is the ideal choice for those sessions that last longer. Especially those with overhanging and steep routes.

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  • Material Leather 100%
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Back again with La Sportiva for our fifth entry to our guide and this time with the rather fetching and superbly named TarantuLace Performance rock climbing shoes. These shoes have been designed with intermediate climbers in mind to help them edge, hook and smear like the best of them. It has an aggressive-style rubber heel rand and sticky FriXion RS rubber outer soles.

That combined with the lower-asymmetrical RN45 build of them allows climbers wearing them to find enough purchase on those edges. They can achieve this with a greater amount of sensitivity and without causing themselves cramping or pain. As the shoes are classically unlined with a leather upper, they are comfort and soft, while the tongue and its lining help to make the shoes breathable and manage the moisture levels. They look badass and as they’re made from durable materials, they’ll stay looking badass and give you those killer climbs you’re after, for some time into the future.

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  • Material Leather
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With its symmetric shape and lace-up closure, the Nomad climbing shoe is a classic tried and tested if it’s not broken why fix it type of shoe. It features support along the sides. As a result, it’s not only great for more traditional climbing, but those longer routes and crack climbing too.

Although you may be looking to some of the far more expensive brands, don’t sleep on this one. This is an incredibly functional shoe that will provide you with plenty of opportunities and possibilities to take your climbing to the next stage.

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  • Material Leather upper
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Scarpa are a brand that has a history of both tradition and innovation. The company has been in the hands of the same family through many generations. Even more surprising is the fact that its headquarters and manufacturing process plants are in the exact region where the company was originally founded in 1938.

Compared to another pair of Scarpa rock climbing shoes, the Instinct shoes, the Instinct VS are a bit softer. They took the slipper design and upgraded it to include the Vibram XS edge rubber and single-strap closure. The Vibram XS edge rubber helps to prevent the shoes from deforming when you’re standing and navigating over edges and micro-flakes. This is the shoe for you if you’re also looking to handle those overhangs at the gym climbs and problem boulders.

Specs

  • Material Textile 100%
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The Mythos Eco is an updated version of the classic and world-famous Mythos rock climbing shoes from La Sportiva. As the name suggests, the update is that it’s been given an eco-friendly makeover and around 95% of it is now made from environmentally-friendly materials that are recycled, such as the lacing rods, the laces and even the soles. The adhesives used in the construction of the shoes is water-based and the leather was made using metal-free tanning and is completely biodegradable.

In terms of how this shoe performs, it represents the La Sportiva branding very well and is perfect for longer climbs, giving you versatility and comfort. While the fully-patented lacing system ensures you’ve got a precise fit. So, if you’re looking for a greener option when it comes to rock climbing shoes, these are the babies you want.

Specs

  • Material Suede Leather
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If you’re looking for a high-performance rock climbing shoe that will give you the support you need whether you’re handling technical footwork on overhanging steep rocks, verticals or slabs. Its high-tension Slingshot-style rand is connected to the Powerhinge on sole of the shoe. This means that when there’s small weighted edges, it does not stretch at the front half of the shoe, but instead the back. Making it easier to stick on even the smallest edges on those rocks you can possibly find.

Like many other La Sportiva shoes, this has an awesome and fast lacing system. Comfort-wise the shoe’s lining is made up of 8 different panels to provide stretch in all areas around your feet. While the upper is made from high-quality leather, Dentex, famed for its moisture-wicking properties have been incorporated into the sole to give you a relaxing and dry experience from the start of your climbing session to the end.

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  • Material Leather
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Sticking yet again with La Sportiva. Well, they are one of the best in the business, so why not? The Skwama rock climbing shoe from the Italian company is one that brings together the security of a hook and loop closure shoe with the comfort you’d expect from a slipper. This shoe features components like the P3 rand that’s designed to reduce stretch, and the S-Heel that provides security for heel hooks. The shoe also benefits from additional rubber around the top of the forefoot for scumming and toe hooks.

All in all, the Skwama is a masterful elite-standard rock climbing shoe that will give you the control you need no matter what boulder problems you face or how technical the routes you traverse up are. The Vibram sole is what helps to make this shoe so incredibly luxurious to wear. No matter how far you’re up the side of a mountain, you’ll never feel like you’re wearing such powerhouses of shoes.

Specs

  • Material Synthetic
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Next in our guide is the rather curious and cool character known as the Endeavor for wide-footed individuals from Butora. So, if you’ve had trouble finding a shoe that fits, this may be a great option for you. They provide a good level of comfort with an all-around kind of performance that makes them precise and powerful and suitable for all kinds of climbs and routes. They’ve been designed with an ever-so-slightly asymmetrical shape at the toe, but one that contours naturally with your foot.

Notably, it has a cutting-edge triple-fork system of webbing to ensure it fits perfectly with the unique dimensions of your foot. The tongue has been made from mesh for breathability along with Poron memory foam and an open-cell-style sponge that helps to absorb the pressure placed on the foot from the straps. Additional comfort comes from the split-leather footbed, while the polyurethane midsole for precise handling of edging.

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  • Material Split-Leather
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Five Ten are often referred to as the Brand of the Brave and it’s for that reason that they’re one of the leading producers of high-friction and high-performance footwear. This model, in the stylish strawberry pink coloring has a strong rubber sole that incorporates the company’s stealth C4 outer sole design. The shoes also benefit from a moderately stiff midsole that provides support and a degree of flexibility.

According to Five Ten, the Anasazi shoes are ideal for just about everything from Bombay-style chimneys to cracks, smears and edges. Simply put, if you’re looking for an extremely good-looking pair of shoes that can handle all the technical footwork you can throw at them, these are worth investing in.

Specs

  • Material Polyester
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Another great entry into our guide from Butora is the Acro wide-fit climbing shoe. This has an aggressive downturn-style that makes it perfect for all kinds of steep bouldering and sport climbing. It relies on a combination of natural leathers and soft synthetic upper to provide an excellent amount of comfort and enhanced performance.

With the high-tension heel rand design, all the power is shifted to the front and the toe of the shoe to perform better when edging. Again, like the previous Butora we covered further up the page, it utilizes the triple-fork hook and loop closure and gives all the convenience and comfort of a slipper with the fit and security of a lace-up shoe. Regardless of how technical the climb, the rubbery toe patch is sticky enough to grip those toe hooks.

Specs

  • Material Leather and Synthetic
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Touted as one of the highest-performing shoes in the rock climbing market, the Genius from La Sportiva had to get mentioned in our guide. What does a shoe with such a high opinion of itself have to offer? A lot, unsurprisingly. We especially liked the fact that it wraps around your foot in a snug fashion. This means that the more experienced climbers wearing them will not have to worry about their feet coming loose or becoming uncomfortable. All they need to do is concentrate on those challenging routes and complex technical climbs.

Thanks to its P3 patented midsole with Laspoflex tech they can be worn when taking on all manner of climbing surfaces, whether its at the training climbs in the gym or out there in the great outdoors. Making use of Vibram XS Grip2 sole with a lovely amount of stick and the heel that grips so easily, this really is a genius pair of shoes.

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  • Material Synthetic
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And back with Five Ten yet again, this time with the Hiangle climbing shoes. These again feature the renowned stealth C4 rubbery outer sole and are the toughest, stiffest and most aggressive of the company’s shoes. However, you’ll find that they’re not quite as aggressive, and therefore downturned, as the Dragon. The leather upper is unlined to provide additional comfort and stretch, while there’s a single strap-style Velcro closure system that makes these hassle-free to put on and take off, even if you’re out there at the base of a mountain or halfway up one.

With a brand like Five Ten, you know your money is going towards a snug-fitting shoe that often feels more like a slipper than high-performance technical rock climbing footwear. The company have been in the business long enough that with every release there’s something special.

Specs

  • Material Split-Grain Leather
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A slightly different take on the Miura from La Sportiva is the next entry in our awesome guide. The major difference seems to be that the Miura is fully lined, while the Miura VS is only partially lined. They’re a performance fit shoe with high asymmetry and the usual Laspoflex midsole you’d expect from the Italian shoemakers. You’ll also get the benefit of the Permanent Power Platform or P3 rand system that helps to maintain the downturned shape of the shoe while giving power to your sole.

As they’ve got the reliable hook and loop closure system, they’re easy enough to take off and slip back on as necessary. A smearing and high-end edging shoe, the Miura VS is ideal for handling all manner of technical climbing and bouldering. Stretch in the shoe is controlled by the synthetic lining that was added to the leather upper and as there’s no lining underfoot, there’s greater sensitivity on smears and micro-edges.

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  • Material Leather
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We were always going to go back to Evolv eventually and what better reason to mention the brand again than with the Oracle climbing shoe? This downturned asymmetrical shoe provides high-end performance and comfort for top-level trad, steep sport climbing and hard bouldering. You can wear them for climbing routes in the great outdoors or at the gym and they’ll give you the same experience. They incorporate the extremely popular knuckle box design for your toes found in the Shaman shoes and combine it with a stiffer midsole around the forefoot, the Dark Spine midsole of the Agro and a high-tension FSS heel rand.

Arguably, its Evolv’s most versatile and refined shoe they’ve released. You’re treated to enough room for your toes to spread out and move as they’re pressed against the surface of the rocks. Thanks to the fit, you’ll have no trouble keeping the shoe in place even when faced with inverted toe-jams and heel hooks. This shoe is perfect for micro-holds taken at all angles.

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  • Material Synthratek VX
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The next funky pair from La Sportiva (yes, we know, this guide is almost turning into a showcase of the best from the Italians, but trust us, it’s with good reason) are simply known as the Solution. The Solution to what, you’re undoubtedly asking. Bouldering, that’s what. They’ve been deliberately downturned to an extreme degree and this is maintained no matter what, thanks to the P3 Power Platform and the 3D heel cup. What does this mean for the shoes? That they’re amazing for handling smears, edges, grabs, hooks and just about anything else the most challenging and technical climbing routes can throw at you.

Different from others in our guide from the company they have a special Lock Harness system that covers your foot and unifies the lower and upper parts of the shoe for the ultimate fit. They’ve still got the easy to adjust fast lacing system that La Sportiva are known for. This is the pair of shoes you need if you’re quite the experienced climber and looking to handle just about anything.

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  • Material Leather 80%, Lorica Synthetic leather 20%
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The last in our guide from the legendary Italian shoe manufacturer is this incredible beast of a shoe. The Otaki is made to be powerful, yet precise and combines the supportive hook and loop closure system featured in other shoes with a more aggressive shape and style. The S-Heel construction is utilized in this shoe like the others for the best degree of manoeuvrability with a perfect-fit heel cup. Its uppers have been laser-cut to reduce bulk and stitching for enhanced comfort.

But really it all comes down to the P3 tech and aggressively downturned design and fit that makes this perfect for dicing and slicing whenever you need to. It may take inspiration from the Katana shoe from the brand, but it has a very performance-based personality that’s its very own. Great for hooking and edging, you’ll never go wrong if you invest in these comfortable animals.

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  • Material Suede Leather and microfiber 100%
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The last rock climbing shoe in our guide is the Scarpa Force X model. This is a compact and reliable shoe that incorporates the cutting-edge V-tension system to give your big toe more room to extend while still ensuring there’s enough power to enable you to stand on those glassy smears and even the tiniest of edges. The Vibram XS Edge sole and the padded tongue also provide additional comfort for your feet.

While the mesh material in the tongue allows there to be much-needed breathability. The suede leather footbed is only partially lined to further increase the comfort. Although it does not have the down turning, this is still a high-performance shoe that won’t let you down.

Specs

  • Material Synthetic

BUYING GUIDE & FAQ’S

Things to Consider when Buying a Rock Climbing Shoes

Obviously, we’ve picked out the rock climbing shoes reviewed above because we believe they’re the best available now. You still need to be careful when buying a pair though, as they’re what you use to connect with the rocks you’re walking over. If you choose the wrong kind or a pair that are ill-fitting, it can stop you from getting the best from your experience and potentially hurt you. You need to think, therefore, about the following three things:

Type: Depending on the type of climbing you want to do, you need to choose either neutral, moderate or aggressive shoes.

Features: Things like the rubber, linings, straps and laces can play a part in how well the shoes perform or not.

Fit: In order to perform well, the fit should be snug but not very painful. When you choose shoes with the correct fit, you’ll be able to climb for longer and harder.

Type of Climbing Shoes

Neutral Rock Climbing Shoes

Neutral rock climbing shoes provide a very relaxed fit that means you benefit from comfort for the whole day. They’re designed so your toes sit flat. As they’re more comfortable, they’re the ideal choice for beginners, but are also a great choice for more skilled and experienced climbers looking for comfort.

Moderate Rock Climbing Shoes

Moderate rock climbing shoes are distinctive in that they have a camber, otherwise known as a downturned shape. This makes them an ideal choice for more technical rock climbing. As all-purpose shoes they’re able to handle sports routes that are ever-so-slightly overhung, longer multi-pitch climbs, crack climbs and slab routes.

Aggressive Rock Climbing Shoes

Aggressive rock climbing shoes stand out from the crowd because of their more extremely downturned toes. They also provide a lot of tension for your heel that allows you to position your feet in the most powerful and strong position for taking on those tricky climbs involving overhangs. You’ll find that most of these types of rock climbing shoes have a more asymmetrical shape that curves gradually into your big toes. This helps to direct more of the focus towards the toes so you can achieve more precise and exact placements in smaller foot holds. As they’re not as comfortable as the other types of rock climbing shoes, aggressive shoes are normally used for single-pitch routes and climbs at the local gym instead of those climbs with multiple pitches that take most of the day.

Features of Rock Climbing Shoes

In addition to the type of rock climbing shoes, as outlined above, you also need to consider some of the important features noted below, including:

  • Closure
  • Material
  • Last
  • Outsole

Closure in Rock Climbing Shoes

Lace-up: The most versatile style of closure for rock climbing shoes is the lace-up. This is handy for when your feet start swell or get too hot, because you can loosen the laces off. When you’ve got a difficult climb or pitch though, you can crank them down at the instep and toe to enhance the performance of your shoes.

Strap: Often referred to as hook-and-loop, strap closures offer more convenience when putting the shoes on and taking them off. They are perfect for gym climbing and bouldering when you need to take your shoes off for a break from climbing in between pitches and accents.

Slip-on: Many people refer to them as slippers and these are rock climbing shoes that have elasticated closure systems that provide a lower profile of any other type of shoe closure and enhanced sensitivity. They are particularly useful for training with as they don’t have a stiff midsole or sole, enabling your feet to strengthen more quickly. Because of their low profile, they’re ideal for thin cracks.

Materials used in Rock Climbing Shoes

Generally, the uppers in rock climbing shoes is synthetic or leather. Whether unlined or lined, leather shoes are the easiest to care for. However, synthetic rock climbing shoes tend to be very high-performance and are obviously ideal for vegans and vegetarians looking to avoid the use of animal products.

Last in Rock Climbing Shoes

For anyone that’s new to the world of shoes, you may not realize that the last is the model of the foot that is used by the manufacturer to make the shoes. It’s what gives shoes the width, volume and height, toe and heel dimensions. You’ll find that most shoes designed for rock climbing are slip-lasted. However, there are some that are board-lasted.

Slip-Lasted

These shoes tend to be a lot more sensitive and not quite as stiff than their board-lasted counterparts. As it is unusual for them to have an insole, it’s their midsole that provides the stiffness. This part of the shoe is found directly above its outsole.

Board-Lasted

These tend to have a lot more stiffness and while they lose out on some sensitivity, they make up for that by offering more comfort and are a great choice for wearing all day.

A rock climbing shoe’s shape is also determined by the last. There’s three specific shapes – downturned, asymmetric and straight.

Downturned: Another name for downturned lasts is cambered and this is the one you’ll be familiar with that has a shape that bends towards the toes in a downwards fashion. This last is normally used in both aggressive and moderate climbing shoes and is designed to heel and toe hook up and over overhanging rocks. Shoes that have downturned lasts tend to be asymmetrical and are suited to being worn for taking on routes that are difficult, requiring control and performance.

Asymmetric: This shoe last shape features the longer point of it over your big toe, giving you enhanced strength on the edge of your shoe on the inside and provides you with just one single connection with the rock face. It is mostly aggressive and moderate rock climbing shoes that are built on asymmetrical lasts.

Straight: For a more comfort shoe, you’ll want to consider straight lasts, often referred to as being flat. Most of them are neutral, therefore they’re ideal for neutral situations.

Climbing Shoe Outsole

Normally just referred to as the sole, the outsole is the main part of the shoe that meet the rocks and is made from rubber. The thickness and type of rubber used can have an impact on the performance of the shoe during climbs.

As well as the performance the thickness of the rubber can also impact the feel of the shoe. If you’re looking for thick soles, you can get them measuring anything from 4 to 5.5mm. Not only are they extremely durable, but they [provide a reasonable amount of support around the edging. Compared to that of a thinner sole through, you won’t benefit from the same level of sensitivity that can help with foot placing on the rocks. Beginners should ideally look for rock climbing shoes with thicker soles.

Rock climbing shoes that typically have thinner soles tend to measure between 3 and 4mm. You’ll find that they’re best used for smearing slab routes. However, once you’ve got a feel for things and improved your rock climbing technique, you may want to decide investing in a much thinner sole.

What are the Brands of Rock Climbing Shoes?

As you’d probably image and if you’ve not skipped ahead and looked at this first, you’ll know that through the 20 we’ve highlighted there’s several repeated appearances. The reason for that is simple, although there’s many shoe manufacturers and brands that release models that are suitable for rock climbing, there’s only a handful that we’d consider to be the best.

They include:

  • La Sportiva
  • Evolv
  • Five Ten
  • Scarpa
  • Butora

Slip Them on and Take to the Rocks

Whether you’re new to rock climbing or a veteran, you’ll know just how important the right shoe having is and if it’s time to buy a new pair, we’re sure you’ll find them in the 20 we highlighted above. One thing we learned from our look at the best of the best of rock climbing shoes is that price is only one thing that should be taken into consideration. In fact, although it should guide your buying decision, because you obviously can’t buy a shoe you can’t afford, it should only be used as that – a guide.

The fit, the closure, last and all the other important components are what really matters, which is why we focused on discussing those rather than hard numbers. As there’s such a wide spectrum of shoes out there, we tried to present that variety in our picks. By doing that, there was a better chance we’d picked out at least one shoe that would best suit the various types of climbers reading the guide.

La Sportiva featured heavily, as you’ll have noticed if you were paying attention, but that’s also with good reason because even if we tried to not be biased towards them, they’d still have to be featured. The simple fact is, La Sportiva are one of the top shoe brands, especially when it comes to rock climbing footwear. We’re not saying you should just buy one of those pairs, as you may prefer the Evolvs, Butoras and Five Tens we featured. But we simply can’t ignore them. We wouldn’t be being fair to you and wouldn’t be giving you the best.

So, when it comes to choosing that awesome pair of rock climbing shoes that’ll ensure you can reach every foot hold, manage those boulders and work those smears, we hope you find the right pair above.