The Five Ten Moccasym Climbing Shoe is a good choice for beginners that are looking to focus on easier crack-climbing, bouldering, smearing, gym training, and forgoing small pockets and edging. The comfortable material, short break-in period, sticky rubber, sensitivity, and flat profile make this an ideal choice for climbers looking for a versatile shoe.
The Mad Rock Mad Pad Crash Pad is an inexpensive, versatile, and functional bouldering pad. We recommend this crash pad for those who want a transportable, firm, durable, and no-frills option that withstands wear-and-tear.
The La Sportiva Mythos Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe is an ideal option for those looking for a comfortable, durable, stable, and versatile climbing shoe. The neutral sole and close fit make this the top option for beginner and intermediate climbers, with advanced crack-climbers needing a more aggressive shoe.
The La Sportiva Miura VS Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe is an aggressive shoe that is ideal for various types of climbs due to the edging ability, heel-hooking, stiffness, downturned shape, and sufficient rubber on the heels. The lack of rubber in the toe-box and extreme stiffness may deter crack-climbing specialists, but for a multi-purpose and aggressive-design shoe, this is an outstanding option.
The La Sportiva Katana Lace Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe is an ideal option for all-day trad or crack climbing, that performs well in edging, smearing, and slabs as well. This all-around shoe performs well in all categories and is versatile enough to suit the needs of any level climber.
The La Sportiva TC Pro Vibram XS Edge Climbing Shoe is an ideal choice for edging and crack climbing due to its stiffness, ankle protection, durability, rubber toe box, and cinching ability. If you’re a climber looking for sport climbing or overhang routes, this shoe is not for you. If you’re looking for a shoe that will perform and withstand long, traditional routes, this is your top choice.
The CAMP USA XLC Nanotech Crampon is so lightweight that you’ll find yourself bringing it if there is any chance steep or firm snow will be encountered. The steel points add to its durability. This crampon does not fit all boots, however, so beware.
The Petzl Irvis 10-Point Crampon is impressively lightweight for a steel crampon. As a result, it is durable yet not too burdensome to bring on trips. Unfortunately, those with large feet may not be able to fit their longer boots into this crampon.
Even though they are made of aluminum and are very lightweight, these crampons provide great confidence on ice and snow. They are not made for steep ice, but they have excellent performance in compact snow and lower angled ice. Try to avoid using them on rock, as numerous reviews have noted that spikes broke off.
These surprisingly durable aluminum crampons are very lightweight, which makes them an easy choice to throw in the pack when snow or ice might be encountered. While not intended for steep or technical ice climbing, they are super versatile and easy to fit in the field to different boots. As a result, they are a popular choice for hikers, backpackers and backcountry skiers.