Unparallel is one of the most exciting climbing shoe brands to land on the feet of climbers around the world in the last few years. These hand-built shoes are produced at the Californian factory over in Redlands, USA, where innovation and performance remains a total obsession for the product team. The team of shoe experts over there have 20+ years of specialist manufacturing experience, which is almost Unparallel anywhere in the world, considering they have worked with climbing, MTB and other outdoor sports.
What then really sets these shoes aside is that they are equipped with a high friction rubber compound that is fully engineered and processed in California. Unparallel (also commonly referred to as UP) became their own brand only last year, and despite their youth, its quick rise to power should come as no surprise taking into account who's behind the Southern California-based upstart.
Unparallel shoes was started by Sang Lee in 2017. A close friend of the founder of Five Ten, Lee handled development and production of Five Ten climbing and mountain bike shoes up until Adidas closed the Five Ten Redlands outlet in 2017 and ceased partnership with Lee's Fullerton-based factory. After parting ways with Five Ten, Lee started UP and brought along former employees for production in California and for a new UP gym in Redlands.
UP shoes are designed for better performance and instant fit to ensure that your climbing experiences are better than you've had before. The Unparallel climbing shoe range is complete from flat all-round shoes to the super technical down turned shoes with different compound and thicknesses of super sticky rubber.
Unparallel SIRIUS LACE - PRECISION & AGGRESSION
The Sirius Lace is the shoe for your most demanding projects! Equally at home in the gym or outside, they excel on vertical and steep terrain. A full RS rubber sole and medium stiffness midsole provide the perfect combination of sensitivity, friction and aggression. The offset lacing system allows you to adjust to the perfect fit and provides extra surface area for toe hooks without sacrificing fit or function. Your climbing partners will swear that you're cheating with these shoes!
- 3.5mm RS rubber
- Medium stiffness midsole
- Lined synthetic upper
UP LACE LOW VOLUME - EDGING & ALL-DAY COMFORT
The stiffest shoe in our line for the ultimate in precision footwork and edging capability. The fast lacing system allows for quick easy on/off and a perfect precise fit every time as well as added lace protection for foot jams when crack climbing. The full RH rubber sole and stiff midsole combination gives exceptional friction and versatility.
Our low volume option allows for a better fit with our female climbers, who without it may be left with "dead space" in the shoe and lower performance. The UP Lace is offered in both low and normal volume options.
- 3.5mm RH rubber
- Stiff midsole
- Lined synthetic upper
Unparallel REGULUS - STEEP TERRAIN ALL-ROUNDER
The Regulus is our stiffest downturned shoe providing both comfort and absolute precision for a variety of terrain and styles of climbing. The unlined synthetic upper provides a super-comfortable feel on foot while maintaining a perfectly snug and secure fit. The full RH rubber sole and stiff midsole provide exceptional edging ability and the extended rubber over the toe box provides extra friction for toe hooking. The highly tensioned heel locks your foot into the shoe providing extra power and bomb proof heel hooks.
- 4.2mm RH rubber
- Stiff midsole
- Unlined synthetic upper
THE Unparallel PHILOSOPHY
One of the unique elements of the brand and the product is that it's massively focused on constant development and delivery of the best performance across all specialisations. The fact that the Californian HQ contains and controls all of the elements that go into product development and manufacturing tells you a lot about how much this is a reality!
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