Red Chili Sausal­ito IZ 3

Climbing - - ESSENTIALS - $ 120, REDCHILICLIMBING.COM

BUILT FOR

All-day com­fort, mod­er­ate multi- pitch, trad climb­ing, slab- n-cracks

FIT

Our tester wore his SS size and noted “no dead space.” Wide toe­box and nar­row heel meant an in­sta glove- like fit.

CON­STRUC­TION

Sym­met­ri­cal, flat last; full leather up­pers; lace- up clo­sure; “sturdy” mid­sole with Im­pact Zone shock ab­sorber on the heel; 4.5mm RX- 3 sole

CON­CLU­SION

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.

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