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So Ill Holds - Free Range Pro Climbing Shoe

So Ill Holds Free Range Pro Climbing Shoe

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$93.47 Original price:$169.95
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Tech Specs

Upper Material:
synthetic
Closure:
hook-and-loop
Midsole:
stiff
Rubber:
Dark Matter
Profile:
downturn
Asymmetrical Curvature:
aggressive
Recommended Use:
bouldering, sport climbing

Free Range Pro Climbing Shoe

So Ill's Free Range Pro Climbing Shoe has the same aggressive shape as the original Free Range, except So Ill stiffened the midsole and toe box to enhance power ideal for professionals, competitions, and making new FA's. An aggressive downturn gives the Free Range Pro a precise performance on overhangs and the micro-est of all footholds, and Dark Matter rubber sole solidifies traction on plastic and rock alike. So Ill split the sole for better flexibility and heel-hooking.

  • Professional model of one of So Ill's most aggressive climbing shoes
  • Sharp downturn assures aggression on overhangs and micro-footholds
  • Reshaped heel optimized for heel-hooking security
  • Split outsole stiffens the toebox and heel for better flexibility
  • Dark Matter rubber ensures traction on rock and plastic alike

Great for steep routes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I found this shoe to fit my heel really well and like the sensitivity of the split outsole. Not a smearing shoe, but great for steep and overhangs. Best if fitted pretty snug.

Expected more

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sized for an aggressive fit: .5 up from street size.
2 months of climbing in the gym and a bit outdoors. 1.5hr+ sessions for 5-6 days a week.
The good: Great for edging and smearing, which are it’s only redeeming qualities. Quick break in time. Perfect for about 2 weeks.
The bad: Shoe began to show a lot of wear and tear within a week or two of climbing. It never seems to stop stretching, which makes a snug fit impossible to get. The sole appeared to be peeling away from the shoe very quickly but it held up at a cost to a more roomier feel. There are a lot of spots in this shoe that are not snug: heel is the worst (absolutely terrifying to heel hook in these), top of the foot, and the arch area are also bad. My foot moves around in these a lot making them less of a performance shoe and therefore unreliable most of the time.
I would recommend getting your street shoe size in this and enduring a more painful break in. It could possibly bring a more desirable broken in climbing shoe. Or I would wait until some of the issues are resolved by So iLL in the future.
I will be switching to another brand at this point unfortunately.

I wanted to love this shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The split sole is nice for a bit of flexibility, and the rubber is very sticky, but this shoe is pretty limited to steep overhanging routes requiring precise toes. It doesn’t smear very well (as expected), but I don’t love it for vertical or slightly overhanging climbs and edging. Prior to this shoe, I used the Scarpa Chimera which I’ve found to be much more versatile than the FR Pro. Also, I want to support small businesses, but find the quality to be less than that of Scarpa. The heel fits me better in the FR Pro than in the Chimera so my heel hooks feel more secure and powerful, but after following the sizing recommendations I still find the heel to be a bit baggy. With the stickiness of the rubber, and the heel fit of the FR Pro, I will probably try the New Zero Pro a half size smaller and hopefully that will be my new all around bouldering shoe. I’ve used this in the gym, and on SoCal granite.

This is a highly specialized shoe, and I would not recommend it for beginner, and lower level intermediate climbers. I think it’s best for higher level intermediate and advanced climbers looking for a shoe suited for hard cave and roofs problems.

So Ill

Climbing Footwear
Find your sneaker size, then use the sizing guide below based on each model.
Sneaker SizeUS MEN 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 12.5 13
US WOMEN/LV 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12 12.5 13 13.5 14 14.5
UK 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 11.5 12
EU 34 34.5 35 35.5 36 37 37.5 38 39 39.5 40 41 41.5 42 42.5 43 44 44.5 45 46 46.5 47
CM 20.5 21 21.5 22 22.5 23 23.5 24 24.5 25 25.5 26 26.5 27 27.5 28 28.5 29 29.5 30 30.5 31
 
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2020 Gold
Free Range
Kick
Runner
Street
The New Zero
The One
x TOMS Street
Beginner / Intermediate Climber - V4/5.12a and below
Men:
Order 1 1/2 sizes up from street shoe size for performance fit
Women: Order street shoe size for performance fit
Advanced Climber - V5/5.12b and above
Men:
Order 1/2 size up from street shoe size for performance fit
Women: Order 1 size down from street shoe size for performance fit
Free Range LV
Runner LV
Street LV
Tokyo Streets
x TOMS Street
Beginner / Intermediate Climber - V4/5.12a and below
Men:
Order 3 sizes up from street shoe size for performance fit
Women: Order 1 1/2 sizes up from street shoe size for performance fit
Advanced Climber - V5/5.12b and above
Men:
Order 2 sizes up from street shoe size for performance fit
Women: Order 1/2 size up from street shoe size for performance fit
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Women: Order 1/2 size down from street shoe size for comfort fit and 1 size down for performance fit
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Women: Order 2 1/2 sizes down from street shoe size for comfort fit