- Easy to slip on and off
- Solid edging
- Wide toe box
- Extra space under heel and over toes
- Seriously painful break-in period
- Non-adjustable closure
The Boreal Satori is a high performance shoe that has a uniquely wide and aggressive toe box configuration. Be prepared for some pain as the shoe breaks in. Its hard rubber takes time to warm up, feeling slippery right out of the box but eventually sticking adequately. Awkward dead space under the heel allows the heel cup to pull loose on while hooking and extra room over the toes creates a pressure point on the front big toe.
The Satori edges well in a variety of conditions. Its hard rubber provides support for the foot when using the inside and outside edges. Utilizing the power point, while effective, causes a pressure point on the big toe, making it rather uncomfortable until well broken in.
Smearing in the Satori’s is uncomfortable. Due to its lowered toe box, the toes are forced backwards awkwardly. You may be able to pull off some decent smears, but you might not enjoy it.
The Satori has a different type of rubber on the toe and heel, which our testers found to be less effective overall. A small lip on the back of the heel, while aiding in its ability to catch on small edges, remains rather ineffective: the oddly shaped heel cup moves around when cranking heel hooks due to extra space under the heel. The textured rubber over the toes proved to be the least effective of the test group when toe hooking.
The Satori’s Zenith rubber compound, while professed to be the “stickiest rubber on the market” by Boreal, is very stiff and requires a break in period before it begins to stick. The shoe slipped off of holds unexpectedly at first, but as the rubber wore in our testers found it to be satisfactory.
The Satori’s closure system is simple and secure but lacks adjustability options. Getting the shoe on and off is easy and wide toe box makes wearing them comfortable on face climbs. A lowered toe box, forces them down into a unique and aggressive angle, making crack climbing nearly unbearable. Prepare yourself for pain while these shoes (and your feet) break in. Extra space in the heel cup allows movement while hooking. The toe box is snug without cramping the toes or squeezing the foot to death. This shoe fit comfortably at our tester’s normal climbing shoe size.
How We Tested It
The shoes in this test were used on a massive variety of indoor climbing surfaces at an indoor climbing gym. The climbing terrain ranged from 85-degree slabs to horizontal roofs. Types of climbs varied wildly from face climbing to artificial cracks and everything in between.
The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.
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