So Ill New Zero

Climbing - - ESSENTIALS - $ 159, SOILLHOLDS.COM

BUILT FOR

Boul­der­ing, gym climb­ing

FIT

Our male tester wore his SS size, while our fe­male tester wore 1.5 Eu­ro­pean sizes larger than her usual fit.

CON­STRUC­TION

Down­turned, mildly asym­met­ri­cal last; sin­gle- strap hookand- loop clo­sure; syn­thetic up­pers; “ul­tra- thin” mid­sole; seam­less toe­cap; 3.2mm Dark Mat­ter sole ( ground down to 3mm)

CON­CLU­SION

The New Zero scored the high­est marks for smear­ing of any shoe in the re­view, thanks to its gummy rub­ber and barely there mid­sole. “They stuck to im­per­cep­ti­ble nubs like chew­ing gum to a school­room ceil­ing,” noted one tester. Soft, sen­si­tive, and meant for gym climb­ing and boul­der­ing, the New Zero is a spe­cial­ist’s boot that, while it smedges ca­pa­bly, is prob­a­bly not a re­li­able edg­ing shoe.

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