Red Chili Sausalito IZ 3
All-day comfort, moderate multi- pitch, trad climbing, slab- n-cracks
Our tester wore his SS size and noted “no dead space.” Wide toebox and narrow heel meant an insta glove- like fit.
Symmetrical, flat last; full leather uppers; lace- up closure; “sturdy” midsole with Impact Zone shock absorber on the heel; 4.5mm RX- 3 sole
The first thing our tester noticed was comfort: Break- in was very quick ( 5 or so pitches), and the shoes stayed comfy throughout, a bonus on slab and crack routes in Tuolumne, with lots of standing and twisting. While the shoes scored strong points for edging and jamming, the built- up toebox left him wishing for greater sensitivity. Still, their neutral last made them ideal for all-day moderates.