The Scarpa Crux Shoe for men is a versatile, comfortable, and grippy shoe that works well in a variety of climbing situations. With all-day comfort for both hiking and walking, this approach shoe is a good choice for those who want a reliable and durable option.
The Five Ten Access Knit Shoe for men is a versatile, high-grip, and comfortable shoe that works well for long hikes to the beginning of your climb. With a padded midsole that helps with uneven and bumpy terrain, a breathable upper, and rubber that keeps the shoe snug even when walking on rocky trails, you will feel stable and confident wearing this shoe. However, if climbing is your only concern, we would recommend choosing a lighter, less bulky, and more climbing-oriented shoe instead of this all-around and versatile option.
The Arc’teryx Acrux SL Leather Approach Shoe for men is a stylish, supportive, and comfortable option that works well for both walking and climbing. If you want an approach shoe that you can also wear around town, works well during crack-climbing routes, and provides ample traction on wet or slippery surfaces, this could be a smart choice.
The Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX Approach Shoe for men is a comfortable, supportive, and durable option that works well for extended backcountry trips and rough terrain. Despite being heavier than other hiking shoes and lacking breathability, this shoe can work well as a combination of long-distance hiking boots and shorter approach shoes into one product.
The Scarpa Gecko Approach Shoe for men is a functional, supportive, and adjustable shoe that works well on a variety of terrain. Despite not being the best choice for very hot climates and taking a while to break-in, this shoe provides grip, comfort, and smearing abilities.
The La Sportiva TX2 Approach Shoe is a breathable, lightweight, and adjustable option that is well-suited for climbers who want an all-around choice for various terrain. Despite being less durable due to the material and construction, the shoe provides ample mobility, ventilation, and support for approaches and tough climbs.
The Arc’teryx Acrux SL Approach Shoe for men is a high-grip, lightweight, and low-profile shoe that works well on both climbing and approaches. The shoe provides enough support to carry moderately heavy loads on approaches, providing a nice combination of stability and climbing performance.
The La Sportiva TX4 Approach Shoe for men is a supportive, comfortable, and rigid option for those who want high performance for approaches. The tendency for the shoe to run hotter may not make it suitable for those who live in consistently warm climates, but for hikers and climbers who want a grippy and flexible, yet stable shoe, this is a great choice.
The Arc’teryx Acrux SL GTX Approach Shoe for men is a comfortable, lightweight, and stable shoe, that efficiently combines durability and a lighter-weight to provide a highly-versatile hiking and climbing shoe. Despite some issues with sizing and a longer break-in time, once you find the correct size and break in the shoe, you will be happy with the grip, the snug fit, and the waterproofing abilities.
The Scarpa Zen Pro Shoe for men is a durable, rugged, and supportive shoe that is best suited for scrambling due to the tough materials and heavier weight. Once you get the sizing correct, you will be able to securely grip a variety of terrain confidently, and be able to use this shoe for various outdoor activities, ideally for technical approaches.