Best Performance Climbing Shoes of 2016
To conduct our performance climbing shoe test, Mike Summers used these shoes 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. He compared the shoes side by side rating them on our five main criteria—rubber, edging, smearing, heel/toe hooking, and comfort/fit. The Gear Institute Rating is the combined score across all categories, representing the highest overall level of performance.