November 2, 2017
Cade – Men’s
It’s great to have such a breathable approach-style shoe. My feet always run hot and these shoes have plenty of ventilation without compromising performance. It’s a slightly roomier fit than most of my other Sportivas which is good for my wide foot. They are comfortable for all-day wear. I use them for hiking and for paragliding as well. On our road trip to Squamish for the Arcteryx Climbing Academy, I got to try them out both on the way to the crag and on an evening hike-and fly mission up the Chief. We made a quick ascent and flew our speedwings back down to town. It was great in the TX3’s–the trail is a long mix of steep rocky trail and stairs with a little rock scramble at the end. The sticky rubber is great on the rock and they have plenty of traction in the dirt as well.
As a beginner climber, I was looking for a shoe that was comfortable above all else. The last pair of climbing shoes I owned were way too aggressive and climbing wasn’t any fun. So when I chose this shoe I was expecting a comfortable shoe with less performance. I was pleasantly surprised when we took them out in Squamish. They do really well in cracks– I was able to smear without issue and my toes stayed put while edging. The lacing makes it easy to be precise with tightening the shoe and when you loosen them up they are like slippers. I was happy standing around in them at the base of the climb and wasn’t racing to get them off my feet like my last pair of climbing shoes. I would recommend these to anybody looking for a little more comfort, I don’t feel like I sacrificed any performance, and my feet are much, much happier.
Synthesis GTX Hiking Shoe
These shoes are the perfect blend of a hiking boot with a lighter-weight trail shoe. They are really breathable which is a big plus over bulky hiking boots. My feet run hot, so breathability is a must for me, especially in hot weather. They feel really low-profile on your feet as well which is another plus over most bulky hiking boots. The fit is a bit narrow for my wide foot especially in the beginning of the toe box. The traction is great and the mid height makes my ankles feel stable even with a heavy pack. It is so great to have a shoe that will take some weather or hiking through wet terrain, but won’t make my feet sweat on the warmer days.
BECCA – Women’s
TX3 Approach Shoe
These breathable, grippy, synthetic approach shoes have impressive traction. The adjustable toe box makes it easy to get a snug fit with my narrow feet, even when they are a little swollen after a long day of hiking in the heat. The sticky rubber provides plenty of grip, and the high amount of rubber coverage is perfect for getting technical while on the way to a climb (or on the way to a paragliding launch!). I wear these while on hike-and-fly missions, and also on rocky terrain for dog walks. I loved the agility on the way to the crag and while hiking and scrambling up the Chief in Squamish. They offer a lot of rigidity and support while still flexing with your foot in demanding environments.
I was totally amazed at how comfortable these shoes were out of the box, and how well they performed at the crag. I didn’t get a chance to try them out before our trip to the Climbing Academy in Squamish, so I was pleasantly surprised at how well they did the first day on rock. As a beginner climber, it makes a huge difference to have confidence in your shoes, especially with tricky moves or small cracks and holds, so it was great to be able to trust these shoes right away. They are low profile and easily adjustable just by tightening or loosening the laces in different conditions. I was able to climb in them for hours at our Gym-to-Crag workshop straight out of the box.
My first time wearing these hiking shoes, I pulled them straight out of the box, threw on a 30-pound backpack, and hiked 5 miles. They are lightweight and lower-profile than your standard bulky hiking shoe, which I love. They Gortex uppers keep your feet cool on hot days and dry even if you’re hiking in soggy terrain. The soft uppers conform to your feet and the simple cinch laces are easy to tighten up and adjust throughout the day when your feet get hot or tired. The traction is impressive, which I learned when I took them on an impromptu mountain climbing adventure the second day I wore them! They have hung with me whether I’m carrying a big pack or scrambling up to a rocky summit.