Who Says You Can’t Buy a Good Pair of Climbing Shoes for Less Than 100€?
That’s right. Maybe not so long ago the sub-100€ (or 74£) category of climbing shoes caused people to turn up their noses and snort derisively; shoes that cheap can’t possibly be any good. Can they…? The answer is (as you may have gained from the title), yes. It’s easy to stick with brands we know and love, trusting that a high price tag equals better quality, but if you could see some of the shoes emerging from deepest, darkest Europe and the USA right now… Better yet, we’ll just show you. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced climber, there’s a reasonably-priced shoe out there for you. And, of course, we know they're great shoes because they’re available to buy from EpicTV Shop right now!
Mad Rock Pulse - 97€ / 70.80£
Growing Californian company, Mad Rock, have recently brought out the revolutionary Pulse climbing shoe. It comes in two different volumes, which not only knocks gender stereotyping out the park but means you can get the best possible fit for your foot without having to change to a different shoe. The Pulse Positive (above) is designed for people with high-volume feet, while the Pulse Negative has a lower-volume to accommodate narrower feet. The Pulse not only has a glove-like fit, it also boasts an EVA padded heel and a mega-breathable upper, which is ideal for sweating through your first challenging climbs. But perhaps the best thing about the Pulse is that it’s not just an entry-level shoe, its superior comfort and supportive sole mean it’s great for any climber who wants Scarpa Force-X-style comfort for all-day use; there’s no other shoe like it on the market.
Crest LU Climbing Shoe
Ocun Crest LU - 61.95€ / 44.52£
Small Czech company, Ocun (formerly Rock Pillars), bring us the cheapest shoe in the list, the Crest LU (lace up), which may be incredibly cheap but is by no means the most limited. Often likened to the Five Ten Anasazi Lace and the La Sportiva Katana Lace, it’s been designed with comfort, versatility and your wallet in mind. The lace closure means you can make it as tight or as loose as you like, and it has just the right amount of support to take you into more difficult climbs without holding back your progression. If you’re at the gym a lot or you love bouldering, try the Quest QC, which utilises a quick-closure Velcro system instead of laces for easier ons and offs.
Pantera 2.0 Climbing Shoe
Wild Climb Pantera 2.0 - 99€ / 72.26£
The Pantera 2.0 is Wild Climb’s most advanced shoe, and with good reason. It’s supportive without being too stiff and down-turned without being overly aggressive, so you can easily climb anything from micro-edges and pockets to slabby overhangs. The upper is constructed from WildClimb’s own ‘Wildfiber’ fabric, which is designed to be ultra-breathable and soft, without stretching out over time. The Pantera 2.0 is definitely one of the best all-round, advanced shoes out there, that rivals the La Sportiva Testarossa in terms of fit and edging power, but is just that bit cheaper. The Pantera 2.0 has a pretty narrow profile, but if you have wide feet try its close relative, the Pantera.