Climbing - - GEAR BIG REVIEW -

Our tester, newly re­turned to the sport af­ter a long lay­off, ap­pre­ci­ated the flat last (good for her bunions), am­ple toe­box, and all-day com­fort of Scarpa’s per­for­mance all-arounder the Force V Women’s. Out romp­ing on multi-pitch mod­er­ates, she noted, “Wear­ing a com­fort­able shoe is key to this ex­pe­ri­ence, and I found the Force V Women’s to be well-suited for the job. I took the shoes up the Flatirons, the Bastille Crack, and Dome Rock where they were sen­si­tive and re­spon­sive through­out.” Slightly asym­met­ri­cal, the shoes have a 1mm Lexan mid­sole, 4mm XS Edge rubber, sup­ple suede up­per, “lightly charged” V-Ten­sion rand, and bomber dou­ble Vel­cro clo­sure. $130,

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