The Vasque Grand Traverse is a lightweight shoe that bridges the gap between approach shoes and hiking shoes. The upper incorporates breathable mesh panels - rather than all leather - to reduce weight and create breathability. The sticky rubber Vibram sole provides better traction on smooth rock than hiking shoes, but doesn't edge well compared to other approach shoes. We love this shoe for multi-pitch climbing, where its light weight is much appreciated.
If you are looking for a do-everything approach shoe that can climb technical rock, our Editors' Choice winner Five Ten Guide Tennie is a great choice. The La Sportiva Boulder X, our Best Buy winner, is a heavier do-everything shoe that hikes better with heavy loads, but doesn't climb as well compared to the Guide Tennie.