Un­par­al­lel Sir­ius Lace

Climbing - - ESSENTIALS - $ 160, UNPARALLELSPORTS.COM

BUILT FOR

Gym climb­ing, steeps, boul­der­ing, slightly steep face

FIT

Un­par­al­lel shoes seem to size small and nar­row; our tester was just— just— able to fit in his street- shoe size.

CON­STRUC­TION

Semi- sym­met­ri­cal, mildly down­turned last; syn­thetic up­pers re­in­forced with TPU film and lam­i­nated with cot­ton can­vas ( lin­ing); three­quar­ter- length mid­sole plus sep­a­rate heel mid­sole; 3.5mm Real Supreme out­sole

CON­CLU­SION

“Hook­ing and scum­ming are what these shoes do best,” said our tester, who put in time on plas­tic and gran­ite steeps. He ap­pre­ci­ated the bendy feel— es­pe­cially on gym jibs, where the toe folded slightly around holds. On rock, how­ever, the toe/sole weren’t stiff enough to sup­port solid edg­ing. That said, the shoes were aces on heel hooks and toe scums, mak­ing them an A-list choice for gyms and steep, hooky places like Maple Canyon.

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