Black Di­a­mond Fo­cus

Climbing - - ESSENTIALS - $ 175, BLACKDIAMONDEQUIPMENT .COM

BUILT FOR

Thin face, per­for­mance al­laround, edg­ing

FIT

Our testers wore their street­shoe ( SS) sizes. The pointy toe­box and stiff mid­sole/ sole made for a multi-day break- in.

CON­STRUC­TION

Semi- sym­met­ri­cal, mildly down­turned last; leather up­pers; knit tongue; dou­ble Vel­cro clo­sure; in­jec­tion- molded Pe­bax stiff- flex mid­sole; 4.3mm molded sole

CON­CLU­SION

The Fo­cus is one of the most pre­cise, sup­port­ive shoes on the mar­ket for dime edges and mi­cro- stand­ing, es­pe­cially on ex­truded footholds—“Su­per- pre­cise; there was no edge too small,” one tester said. One caveat: Break- in takes real pa­tience. Also comes in women’s ver­sion.

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