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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award   Top Pick Award 
Price $149.94 at Amazon
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$195.00 at REI
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$180.00 at REI
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$185.00 at Backcountry
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Pros Excellent edging, reasonable price, great for cracksVersatile, durable, comfortableGreat precision, aggressive/down turned toe tip, sensitive, great toe and heel hooking, precise fit, comfortable, easy on/offIncredible sensitivity, great edging, durabilityBest edging shoe on the market
Cons Painful break-in period, limited usefulness on steep terrainExpensiveNot comfortable for all-day climbing, expensive, not the most versatile, hard to fit, single strap broke prematurelySpecalized use, expensive, might be hard to resoleExpensive
Bottom Line A simple shoe with solid performance for trad climbingAn awesome shoe for long climbs requiring a variety of crack climbing and edging techniquesA tried and true modern classic, this model excels while steep and technical climbingAn incredibly sensitive and comfortable shoe that excels at edgingThis high performance model is the ultimate balance of support and sensitivity
Rating Categories Black Diamond Aspect La Sportiva Katana Lace La Sportiva Solution La Sportiva Futura La Sportiva Genius
Edging (20%)
9
9
9
9
10
Cracks (20%)
9
9
8
7
6
Comfort (20%)
8
9
7
7
7
Pockets (20%)
6
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9
Sensitivity (20%)
8
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10
Specs Black Diamond Aspect La Sportiva Katana... La Sportiva Solution La Sportiva Futura La Sportiva Genius
Style Lace Lace Velcro Velcro Lace
Upper Leather Leather/Lorica Leather / Lorica Leather/Synthetic Leather Suede leather / Microfiber
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Lining Hemp Pacific (forefoot and back) HF in toe box and arch area only Unlined Unlined
Rubber Type NeoFriction Force Vibram XS Edge Vibram XS Grip 2 Vibram XS Grip2 Vibram XS Grip2
Rubber Thickness (millimeters) 4.3 mm 4 mm 4 mm 3 mm 3 mm
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