I'm not an expert, but these are great!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: 8.5
If you are looking to buy an affordable climbing shoe that is reliable, look no further. I tried them out for the first time today at the climbing gym for about three hours and they were perfect.
I do recommend going up a whole size up for perfect sizing. I wear a 7.5 street shoe, but I wear an 8.5 in these climbing shoes. They are still a bit snug with my toes slightly crimped, but this is the fit you are looking for.
The synthetic uppers are also very sturdy and do not have a lot of give, I assume they will stretch slightly over time, but not too much.
Many of the reviews said that they had a lot of slippage, but I did not experience any of this. The rubber was very grippy and felt stable on holds.
Overall, I am very pleased with this shoe and will probably end up getting it again as I wear out my current ones!