The perfect climbing shoe. Comfier than your old pair of sweatpants that your significant other is too embarrassed to let you wear in public, but built to send a new level of 5.16 climbing. Supple enough to walk up those blank friction slabs, but so wildly down turned you’ll be crawling up your next inverted cave proj’ like you’d been bitten by some sort of radioactive spider. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, no such shoe exists just yet. In this article, we'll give you a few key points to help you understand the different builds of a climbing shoe as well as their different purposes.
Out of all the climbing equipment, ropes are by far the piece of gear that has the most certifications and tests performed. This results in a lot of information and data printed on labels of climbing ropes. Sometimes, more information just makes our choice more confusing than it should be. In this article, we'll try to help you better understand all those numbers in order to enable you to buy the best rope for your needs.