/ Approach/Technical Shoes
La Sportiva Boulder X
Addidas Terrex Swift Solo
5.10 Camp Four, great for approach/descents, very grippy soles but fairly round toe. I've climbed diffs in rain no problem (except slightly wet feet by end of day). I've had issue with durability of sole/toe rand interface which means they now leak (not that they're very waterproof anyway) but I have been wearing them every day as they're a really comfy shoe. In summary - great approach/low grade climb shoe for dry conditions.
Mammut Redburn with or without GTX lining depending on preference/use.
Salewa MTN Trainer. Very stable light approach shoe.
I've got a pair of La Sportiva Trango Light Low which are very similar to the Boulder X in design they are good shoes well made but seem really heavy . I've climbed some short 5b & 5Cs in them but wouldn't like to try any harder routes wearing these , way to chunky for serious climbing I'd say .
Think next time I may try some Scarpa Crux or the adidas terex solos .
Have owned 5.10 Prodigy/camp 4s for years, and when the current pair wears out i will almost certainly by another without looking elsewhere. Great all rounder, smear beautifully and despite being "not waterproof" do a pretty good job of keeping water out on approaches. They don't edge very well, but then they are a trainer!
I wear 5.10 Camp 4s for things like alpine ridge scrambles up to about UIAA IV or so, for which I find them very good. One thing to watch out for in the UK might be the rounded & rather bulky heel on grassy & muddy descents. And they're quite big; I generally choose something else for routes where 'm going to be wearing rock shoes and carrying shoes for the descent.
Saw loads of people in the Dolomites last summer in La Sportiva Gandas, but they are (a) very expensive and (b) more "climbing shoes that aren't completely crippling to walk in" rather than "walking shoes in which one can climb a bit". If that makes sense.
I'm pleased with my Boulder Xs in similar use to what you anticipate. The toe box is quite narrow (and I have fairly narrow feet) which means that they are not the warmest in cold conditions when not moving.
Not water proof and not good for edging, but very sticky soles and very comfortable.
A lot of our instructors and route setters use Boulder Xs, they love them for the durability. They're a really solid build, nice and grippy too.
I have a pair of the Adidas ones, not climbed in them but they have a smooth sole under the toe so imagine they are quite good. Comfy and light as approach shoes too. They do fit funny though, rather narrow and need sizing up. Plenty of B-grades on eBay for £30-50.
Mind you, for rougher ground or lots of walking it's Camp 4s all the way.
If you're not wading through too much mud on your 'approach', I think the Evolv Cruzer might be worth a look. Grippy low profile sole, which is good enough for easy routes, and they're light, come in funky colours and have a loop to karabiner them to your harness.
And when I got them they were significantly cheaper than some other, admittedly more burly, approach shoes that were more like light hiking boots.
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