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LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Group Test Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Jett LU montage  © Martin McKenna

Ocun Jett LU Rock Shoe

"What we low-to-middling climbers arguably need is a shoe that doesn't feel like it's holding your performance back, but not one so extreme that you can hardly wear it" reckons Dan Bailey. Does the Jett LU hit that intermediate sweet spot?

You can see the flexion in the forefoot  © UKC Gear
You can see the flexion in the forefoot  © UKC Gear

Tenaya Mundaka

The Mundaka is an extremely soft rock shoe designed to give a close, glove-like fit. They are so soft that they prompt Theo Moore to ask the question 'how soft is too soft...?'

The UP Lace Heel being tested at Griff's Buttress  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
The UP Lace Heel being tested at Griff's Buttress  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

Unparallel Lace, Sirius and Regulus

Unparallel are the new kids on the climbing shoe block, but with a long pedigree behind them they are already gaining quite a reputation. We trial three models from the range.

Font  © UKC Gear
Font  © UKC Gear

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...

More heel hooking in the Boreal Ninja  © UKC Gear
More heel hooking in the Boreal Ninja  © UKC Gear

Boreal Ninja

As the first ever slip lasted rock shoe, the original Ninja was revolutionary in its time. The modern version stands on its own two feet as a...

The Vapour V, once bedded in, smears surprisingly well  © UKC Gear
The Vapour V, once bedded in, smears surprisingly well  © UKC Gear

Scarpa Vapour V

The original Vapour V came out in 2010, but the latest version has seen some big changes. This is very much a shoe of two halves, says Rob...

BD Momentum in action 1  © Rob Greenwood
BD Momentum in action 1  © Rob Greenwood

Black Diamond Momentum & Aspect Rock Shoes

Black Diamond's new range of rock shoes covers a spectrum of users from beginner to advanced. Here we look at the...


Latest News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

Scarpa Veloce

The Veloce offers comfort and technology with special focus on indoor climbing. A slightly downturned shape with an extra spacy toe box is the secret to its high level of comfort.

Mad Rock Climbing Shoes

Mad Rock's goal has always been to offer climbing shoes with advanced design and materials at a fair price. The 2019 / 2020 range still holds true to this philosophy. Mad Rock shoes combine technical features, with above average durability, at a competitive...

Voltage  © Red Chili
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.

Instinct VS WMN  © Scarpa
Instinct VS WMN  © Scarpa

Scarpa - Women's Collection: Instinct VSRW, Maestro, Vapor, Arpia

For 2019 Scarpa has released three new women's specific climbing shoes, with an adapted...

Asym - Men's   © Five Ten
Asym - Men's   © Five Ten

Five Ten Asym VCS (Men's and Women's)

For beginners seeking performance and advanced climbers looking for comfort, these shoes offer versatility for sport...

Arpia  © Scarpa
Arpia  © Scarpa

Scarpa - Arpia and Vapour V

The Arpia is especially designed for climbers who want to step up to their first high performance shoe. It combines performance...

Five Tennie  © Five Ten
Five Tennie  © Five Ten

Five Ten Five Tennie

1985 Five Ten released the first approach shoe, the Five Tennie. Designed to be a tennis shoe that could climb 5.10 this award winning...


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