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The Momentum is one of our favorite beginner shoes, but it also excels on long outdoor multipitch routes or as an intermediate gym shoe. The relaxed fit is ideal for those who want more toe space, and the breathable knit upper helps keep your feet from overheating.

We caught up with Scarpa's climbing shoe category manager Heinz Mariacher to talk about what's next

We love the Boulder X’s classic leather build, super cushioned sole, and grippy Vibram rubber outsole. Contributor Jakob Schiller fully endorsed it in his article about the best approach shoes. “I loved them so much I wore one pair for four years straight,” he wrote.

It might be sooner than you think

The goal: test Decathlon's budget-friendly beginner climbing gear

Whether you're bouldering, sport climbing, or jamming splitters, choosing the right shoes is about more than fit. These are the best models.

With ultra-sticky rubber outsoles and leather uppers, these sport shoes are perfect for finding the edge on granite faces, climbing in the gym, or, if you’re like this guy, scaling 663-foot skyscrapers.

Our gear editor praised these approach shoes: “I loved them so much I wore one pair for four years straight through my first couple of photojournalism jobs because the thick all-leather build and highly cushioned soles put up with everything I faced daily—from muddy rodeo fields to long, boring press…

It sounds like a great idea. Churches have high ceilings, are centrally located, and, recently, have been falling vacant. But redesigning them to accommodate climbing routes? Not so easy.

Professional climber Kai Lightner recommends this shoe for beginner climbers “because they’re comfortable (as far as climbing shoes go), have an easy hook-and-loop strap system, and sport a vegan-friendly synthetic upper.” This all-arounder also features an odor-resistant lining to keep the funk at bay.

Black Diamond gave us the lowdown on its brand-new line of approach shoes, which includes two technical and two lifestyle models

With Spidey-like Stealth C4 rubber soles, these Guide Tennies excel as approach shoes. They also work for every day because of their clean, not-overdone aesthetics, cushy compression-molded EVA soles, and simple but fun colors. They’re not our first choice for longer hikes, but they’re perfect for overland camping trips where…

Soft and sensitive, the Scarpa Furia S is ideal for steep sport routes and technical boulder problems

Gear editor Ariella Gintzler walks us through new 2019 gear from Gregory, Outdoor Research, and Scarpa.

The apparel and equipment that were fixtures in our kits all year

Sales of the limited-edition climbing shoes and street shoes go to a nonprofit co-founded by Kevin Jorgeson, to build climbing walls in urban communities

When Black Diamond released its first-ever batch of climbing shoes, only a third of the initial line was marketed to women

Still dominant on the crag at 36, Sharma reflects on his greatest climbs and how those lessons have helped him break into the business world

Everything you need to scramble up your local alpine summit

12 pieces of essential gear chosen by our resident climber

After years of testing, I've determined that these must be the most versatile approach shoes around

From the shoes to the harness to the chalk, here are a few tested basics to get you on the rock

Work your project from the ground up

Yvon Chouinard would be proud of these retro climbing shoes

Fashion meets performance in these retro-inspired kicks

All you need to tackle unbolted routes.

How to assemble your first kit.

You need only the essentials, but make sure you know what to look for

Patagonia's Jenna Johnson is on a mission to get women into high-tech gear that can take on real adventures.

Lighten up your kit for faster ascents.

Comfort and support in an unbelievably lightweight shoe

Ali Carr Troxell spoke to Climbing's Julie Ellison and Jes Nelson, a manager at Bent Gate gear store, after they climbed the 5.7 route about the experience and what pieces of gear were pivotal

Scaling rock and ice in the winter is serious business. Bring the right stuff.

The latest addition to Metolius's SafeTech line, the Patriot is a lightweight, minimalist harness that weighs in at just 14 oz.

Five Ten’s Guide Tennie Canvas is a few ounces lighter than the original but every bit as capable on talus and techy trails.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Summer Buyer's Guide, including the 5.10 Coyote Canvas climbing shoes.

A mountaineering boot with adjustable stiffness.

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