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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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Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

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Red Chili Voltage

The new and improved Voltage is unrecognisable from its predecessor, which is probably a good thing, says Rob Greenwood. We think it's a fantastic all-rounder, capable of performing on a variety of rock types over a number of disciplines.

Entries within the Performance Rock Shoe Group Test  © UKC Gear
Entries within the Performance Rock Shoe Group Test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes

'Performance' is a huge category, so with UK sport climbing in mind we've narrowed the focus of this review to down-turned, supportive shoes with a good edge. How did they all do?

Comfy Boots Review  © UKC Gear
Comfy Boots Review  © UKC Gear

All Day Rock Shoes

Rock shoes are one of the most important pieces of climbing equipment you will ever buy. So to help you make the choice... We've tested nine pairs of comfortable shoes on lower grade routes.

Charlie Boscoe Shoe Review Montage  © UKC Gear
Charlie Boscoe Shoe Review Montage  © UKC Gear

Red Chili Habanero VCR Rock Shoes

Charlie Boscoe reviews the VCR version of the Red Chili Habanero. "As soon as the Habaneros emerged from their packaging, it...

Same same but different  © Sarah Flint
Same same but different  © Sarah Flint

'All Rounder' Rock Shoes

"I took them all out together in a sort of shoe orgy and became an Imelda Marcos figure at the local crag," explains Sarah Flint,...

Enjoying the pocketed limestone perfection of Chateauvert, Provence  © Viv Scott
Enjoying the pocketed limestone perfection of Chateauvert, Provence  © Viv Scott

Red Chili Habanero Lace Up Rock Shoes

"The new Habanero, designed by Marcus Bock of Frankenjura fame, is a very different beast from Chili's original model of the same...

Jon Ratcliffe reviewing the Red Chilli Corona VCR 1  © UKC Gear
Jon Ratcliffe reviewing the Red Chilli Corona VCR 1  © UKC Gear

Red Chilli Corona VCR Rock Shoes

Jon Ratcliffe reviews the Red Chilli Corona VCR Rock Shoe. Video edited by Ray Saunders.


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Red Chili Urban Tour comes to the UK

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

OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Shoes and Footwear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the world's outdoor industry gathered in Munich to network, drink beer and showcase their shiny new stuff. For us it's a great...

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Voltage  © Red Chili

New models from Red Chili - Voltage and Ventic Air

Now that winter is coming to an end people are starting to think about getting outside and putting that winters worth of training to use on the rocks.

OutDoor 2018 - Rock Shoes and Footwear  © Nick Brown - UKC
OutDoor 2018 - Rock Shoes and Footwear  © Nick Brown - UKC

OutDoor 2018 - Rock Shoes and Footwear

The UKC/UKH team have just returned from the final OutDoor show at Friedrichshafen. We saw hundreds of innovative,...

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Atomyc 2  © Red Chili

Red Chili Climbing Shoe Range

After the success of our recent competition that gave 3 lucky climbers the chance to win either the Voltage, Fusion VCR or the...

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ISPO Final Report  © UKC

ISPO 2018 - Final Report

The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest in Munich: ISPO 2018. Here are some video interviews with brand...

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Red Chili shoes  © Red Chili

Red Chili Returns to the UK

Red Chili rock shoes are making a comeback in the UK this season. For over 20 years founders Stefan Glowacz and Uwe Hofstädter...


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Competition WINNER - Win a pair of Red Chili Voltage or Ventic Air

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!

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Voltage  © Red Chili

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.

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Red Chilli Competition  © Red Chilli

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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