WINNER: Andrew Jennings
These two models of climbing shoes are an unconventional solution to bring about performance, but with the belief that precision does not necessarily rely on cramming your foot into very small climbing shoes.
The innovative construction of the upper responds instantaneously when pressure is applied to the Michelin outsole. These two key elements of the shoe perform together in unison to compliment the biomechanics of the foot, redefining precision.
Inspired by John Dunne's superlative hard grit route Parthian Shot (E10 6c now the infamous flake is no more), the Parthian is a new generation of performance shoe. It has a narrow, glove-like fit and high precision toe to effectively stick micro edges, shallow pockets and blank smears. Ideal for high-end technical trad climbing, sport climbing and bouldering, it climbs equally well both indoors and out.
Its snug fit, moderate stiffness and support make the Parthian versatile and suitable for a variety of different angles from slabs, through vertical walls, to moderately overhanging routes. The gently asymmetric shape and narrow, straight toe box allow the toes to stretch out and provide the required rigidity for toe-in-pocket or toe-in-crack moves.
Seb Grieve made the first ascent of Meshuga (E9 6c) in 1997 – in a pair of Velcro shoes – and it's remained a dynamic, overhanging three-star test piece ever since. Our Meshuga is a new breed of performance Velcro shoe with flexibility and sensitivity. Designed for bouldering, sport and steep trad climbing, it excels on dynamic vertical pitches and steep, sustained overhanging routes where it will hook, grab and edge to glory.
The close, wrapping fit, moderate-to-flexible stiffness and support, and softer, edgy sole make it suitable for a wide variety of different angles. The gently asymmetric, moderately downturned shape offers instant comfort and has a wider, more flexed toe box than its counterpart, supported by a thermoplastic insert the Meshuga allows you to pull more with your toes.
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