Black Diamond has been one of the most prominent companies outfitting climbers for decades, but not until this year have they offered climbing shoes. The new Black Diamond Momentum - Kids is a great new offering to the kid's climbing shoe market. A couple of things set this new shoe apart from the others. The 4.3mm Neo Friction molded out-sole has good friction and pretty good edging ability making it a tremendously well-rounded shoe. Instead of the typical leather or synthetic suede uppers, they use their Engineered Knit Technology, which allows for excellent support and a much higher level of breathability.
While the knit appears to be quite durable, only time will tell. The flat lasted, neutral shaped, Momentum makes a great new option for any new climbers and would be a good choice unless steep bouldering or crack climbing are the primary uses.