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Red Chili 2020 climbing shoe range Product News

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Red Chili have been making high-quality climbing shoes since 1996. Throughout this time we have continued to push innovation in both climbing shoe performance and comfort. For 2020 we have 7 new models! The new additions cover everything from all day multipitch climbing to hard bouldering.

Check out the range below!

M Y S T I X (RRP: £135)

The Mystix is a high-end climbing shoe with a powerful downturn for steep overhanging routes in the climbing gym and at the crag. Built on an aggressive and pointed last, the shoe allows for very precise footwork on both vertical and overhanging terrain. It offers great support on small edges while remaining flexible enough to allow for smearing.

  • Powerful downturn
  • High-end bouldering and climbing shoe for steep to extreme overhanging routes in the climbing gym and at the crag
  • Especially soft forefoot with extra sensitive Vibram XS Grip sole (3.5 mm) for even more feeling when stepping or hooking
  • Individual adjustment to the foot and toe shape thanks to crossed fasteners and leather in the toe area
  • Specially designed 2-zone midsole
  • Breathable tongue made of fine, elastic knitted fabric
  • UK sizes 3 – 12

V O L T A G E L A C E (RRP: £125)

The Voltage Lace is a stiffer version of our popular Voltage. It's perfect for difficult routes on steep and overhanging crags. The wide, anatomically designed last and powerful downturn carries over from the Voltage. A thin lining in the toe box increases comfort and prevents the stretching of the upper material. The asymmetrical lacing makes individual adjustment possible. In addition, this arrangement provides more space for the large toe patch, which remains flexible thanks to well thought-out cuts.

  • High-end bouldering and climbing shoe with a powerful downturn for steep to extreme overhanging routes in the climbing gym and at the crag
  • Asymmetric lacing for quick and individual adjustment
  • Special overlapping tongue construction for more comfort
  • Upper made of high-quality leather and microfiber mix
  • UK sizes 3 – 12

C H A R G E R (RRP: £95)

The Charger offers the ideal balance between comfort and performance. Thanks to the unique double rand in the toe area it offers an extra durability and it also has an indicator to show when it is time to either resole or replace the shoe. Due to the relatively stiff design it offers a lot of support to the foot and is particularly suitable for beginners and long sessions!

  • Comfortable and durable climbing and bouldering shoe for extensive training sessions inside and outside
  • Double rubber layer in the toe area for durability, with an indicator for resoling
  • Two offset VCR straps
  • Low pre-tensioning
  • Upper made of high-quality leather and microfiber mix
  • UK sizes 3 – 12

C H A R G E R L V (RRP: £95)

The Charger LV takes all the benefits of the Charger and puts them into a lower volume shoe. The LV is perfect for Women or those with a slimmer foot.

  • Comfortable and durable climbing and bouldering shoe for extensive training sessions inside and outside
  • Double rubber layer in the toe area for durability, with an indicator for resoling
  • Two offset VCR straps
  • Low pre-tensioning
  • Upper made of high-quality leather and microfiber mix
  • Low volume – especially shaped for slimmer feet
  • UK sizes 3 – 12

S A U S A L I T O (RRP: £85)

The Red Chili classic gets a redesign. Extra padding in the heel area ensures the Sausalito remains extremely comfortable. The footbed is constructed from hemp, due to its anti odour and antibacterial properties. Due to its slightly broader last shape and the large adjustment range offered by the extended lacing system, the Sausalito fits almost anyone looking for a super comfortable climbing shoe. It is especially good for climbers with problematic feet.

  • A very comfortable all-rounder for long sessions, multi-pitch routes and alpine tours
  • Wide range of fit due to the variable and extended lacing
  • Antibacterial hemp footbed
  • Upper made of high-quality leather
  • Soft padding at the upper edging for maximum comfort
  • UK sizes 3 – 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

C I R C U I T L A C E (RRP: £75)

The Circuits VCR's name is based on the "circuits" in the famous bouldering paradise of Fontainebleau. These circuits often last a whole day and you go from boulder to boulder – so a comfortable shoe that you can keep on for a long time is a big advantage. The extended lacing means the Circuit can be optimally adjusted to the foot. Like the Sausalito, the footbed is made from hemp, which is antibacterial and effectively blocks odours.The extended lacing means the Circuit can be optimally adjusted to the foot.

  • A very comfortable climbing and bouldering shoe for long sessions, multi-pitch routes and alpine tours
  • Wide range of fit due to the extended lacing
  • Antibacterial hemp footbed
  • Low pre-tensioning
  • Upper made of high-quality leather
  • UK sizes 3 – 12

C I R C U I T V C R (RRP: £75)

The Circuits VCR's name is based on the "circuits" in the famous bouldering paradise of Fontainebleau. These circuits often last a whole day and you go from boulder to boulder – so a comfortable shoe that you can keep on for a long time is a big advantage. With the assistance of two optimized offset VCR straps, the Circuit VCR adjusts to the foot perfectly, taking the shoe on and off is also quick and easy. Like the Sausalito, the footbed is made from hemp, which is antibacterial and effectively blocks odours.

  • A very comfortable climbing and bouldering shoe for long sessions, multi-pitch routes and alpine tours
  • Antibacterial hemp footbed
  • Two offset VCR straps for optimal adjustment
  • Low pre-tensioning
  • Upper made of high-quality leather
  • UK sizes 3 – 12


For more information visit Red Chili's website

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18 Jun, 2020

Was a big fan of Red Chili shoes back in the day. Seemed to drop off the radar for a while and I believe that shops stopped stocking them due to supply issues and quality control.

I had Red Chili Torro's, Mescalitos and the Phantoms which were great.

The new range seems to be either heavily downturned for steep sports climbs or flat comfort based for beginners. Hope i have got that wrong and there is something for everyday Joe like me.

18 Jun, 2020

Those are just new models (or re-worked models), if you have a look at their website there a number of I guess "performance/comfort" or mid range shoes - Spirit and Fusion, in both standard and low-volume/female fits.

I had Sausolitos a long time ago - they often got sold as beginner shoes in the UK but their rigidity made them excellent for long granite mountain routes - it was like front point on micro edges! Eventually the leather mid-sole cracked under the ball of my foot, the crack would open when the shoe flexed then as it unflexed would nip the skin on the ball of your foot! :) It felt like there was a small but very angry rodent biting you in the shoe!

I may be getting the opportunity to review the new Circuit VCR model for an upcoming UKC review of beginner and all-day shoes, so hopefully there will be more info on these models and how they work, fit etc. in the not too distant future.

21 Jun, 2020

I love my chillis, but currently am staying with spirits and fusion. They fit my feet, but I would like to try on some of the newer models if I could find someone who actually stocks them (If you got to their site, and look for UK stockists, the ones they give don't have stock and try to sell you something else!)(This was at the end of last year) If they can't get stockists, they aught to have a regular roadshow around the walls in winter where we could try out the new models, and buy there, or on-line! I would prefer to support small retailers, but if they don't stock stuff I have to go elsewhere. I currently buy my fusions/spirits from who-ever has them at the best price on-line. I know what size I need so that is not a problem, no faff of buying different sizes and returning the ones that don't fit!

22 Jun, 2020

Have you found their sizing has remained consistent over the years John? I see you answered my question about sizing a couple of weeks ago - so thanks very much with your help on that!

23 Jun, 2020

I have been wearing chillis for about 20 years, ever since I first found them. They fit my odd shaped feet (obviously not that odd judging by the numbers wearing chillis) where other didn't. I am stuill getting the same size I got then, although there have been about 5 slightly different versions of Spirits. The Fusion I got in the same size and they fitted exactly the same.

Some of the new models look good, but I can't be arsed with the faff if they turn out to not quite fit, as I have to buy on-line due to 'stockists', not having them in stock and trying to convert me to others. (One stockist assured me on the phone that they had exactly what I wanted in stock {fusions} and ready to try. I made a 30 mile drive and arrived less the three hours after the phone call to be told that they had none in stock and what about Sportiva! Needless to say I haven't shopped there since and won't as they didn't even manage a sorry or a reasonable excuse for the 'error')


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