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by Stefan Glowacz Sun set when Uwe and I reached the summit plateau of El Cap tired and exhausted, after climbing the "West Face" in only one day. Our feet were burning like hell in the way too tight climbing shoes we were wearing. And then it came upon on us, like a flash, like a vision. We saw a pair of shoes. A shoe that fit so perfect and so customized that even after twenty hard core pitches, or after half a day of bouldering, nothing hurts and climbing still is nothing but fun. The vision disappeared, but after this enlightenment, we knew that something had to happen. At this time Uwe and I were trying to distribute a Spanish climbing shoe brand in Germany, but over and over again we had to drown our frustration about late delivery and unsatisfied customers in gallons of Rioja red vine. It was on one of these nights, sitting in Uwe's apartment drinking and listening to loud Red Hot Chili Peppers music, when we had our vision again. "Why don't we fu**in' start manufacturing our own fu**in' climbing shoes? Who knows better than a climber what a climber really needs? You are a sales genius and I know how to develop and to build rock footwear." We began writing this vision down and after waking up the next morning the first thing we saw on this red wine soaked piece of paper, were two words – Red Chili. We knew what we had to do. Two years later the first pair of Red Chili rock shoes hit the stores. We were as proud as could be and still are. In a pretty short time, the Red Chili brand established itself as one of the leading climbing shoe manufacturers worldwide. Uwe still is the "marketing and sales force" behind everything that we are doing, whereas I am the front man and the master mind in developing and researching new products. Meanwhile, Red Chili exists over 20 years. We have gained loads of experience in all respects and are more motivated than ever to build the most perfect rock climbing shoe in the whole wild world. Who else than we, the climbers, could do this job any better? Rock'n'Roll'n'Rock

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Red Chili Mystix

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For beginners taking their first steps on the rock, or more experienced climbers looking for a foot-friendly rock shoe for long routes and lower-grade days, a flatter and more neutral model may be preferable to the toe-cramping asymmetry of a d...

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New Climbing Gear Autumn/Winter 2021

For the past couple of months, we've been finding out about all the shiny new gear that's hitting the shops this Autumn/Winter. We've taken a look at everything from the latest harnesses and helmets, to new rock shoes and cool cams. Tak...

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Red Chili have released a number of new products throughout 2021, but here's a quick overview of some of the highlights - all of which are in store and available to order now.

New Climbing Gear Spring/Summer '21

Next up in our Spotlight gear round-ups is climbing gear. We've chatted with brands about the latest hardware, ropes, harnesses, helmets and every other form of gear. Plus, everything is hitting the shops imminently...

New Footwear Spring/Summer '21

In the absence of any trade show this year, we've created our own. Normally, shows tend to focus on products hitting...

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Red Chili 2020 climbing shoe range

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After our success in Germany, we've bought the Red Chili Urban Tour over to the UK.


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Competition WINNER - Win a pair of Red Chili Mystixs

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Red Chili are giving two lucky climbers a chance to win a pair of either the Voltage or Ventic Air. All you have to do to be in a with a chance of winning is have a read about the shoes and answer the simple question!

Competition WINNERS - Win 1 of 3 pairs of Red Chili climbing shoes!

Your chance to be part of the legacy of Red Chili with the chance to win either the Voltage, the Fusion VCR or the Charger.

Competition WINNERS - Win Red Chili Rock Shoes & Bouldering Gear

Red Chili rock shoes are about to make a comeback in the UK, and we've teamed up with UKClimbing to offer two lucky climbers the chance to win a pair of performance rock shoes, a boulder bag, brush and chalk worth over £135.

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