• Black Diamond Technician

    MSRP: $135   The Technician is one of four new approach shoes launched from Black Diamond last year, designed for hammering out short approaches. Black Diamond designed it not as your all-day trudging boot, but … Continue reading "Black Diamond Technician"
  • Beer and Gear, Ep. 15 | adidas and Five Ten – Grandstone, Five Tennie and More

    In this special Gear Guide edition of Beer and Gear, Delaney and Michael take a look at some new gear from adidas and Five Ten – the Five Tennie, the Grandstone, the Skychaser XT Mid … Continue reading "Beer and Gear, Ep. 15 | adidas and Five Ten – Grandstone, Five Tennie and More"
  • La Sportiva TX2

      MSRP: $130   BEST FOR: Technical approaches and easy technical climbing   Ahead of trying the Teton Grand Traverse—10 summits, nearly 18 miles and over 12,000 feet of elevation gain—I knew I needed to … Continue reading "La Sportiva TX2"
  • Five Ten Five Tennie

    MSRP: $125   BEST FOR: Scrambles and around town   The original Five Tennie—dreamed up by Five Ten founder Charles Cole back in the ‘80s—was the first real, modern approach shoe: a hybrid running-hiking-climbing shoe … Continue reading "Five Ten Five Tennie"
  • Butora Icarus

    MSRP: $129   BEST FOR: Long approaches   Butora has become one of the biggest players in the U.S. climbing shoe market over the past several years, but the Butora Icarus is the first one … Continue reading "Butora Icarus"
  • Garmont Sticky Cloud Approach Shoes

      MSRP: $159.95 BEST FOR: Approach and hiking  WEIGHT: 1 lbs 12 oz (per pair, men’s size 8.5)   These shoes were delivered to the Big Stone Publishing offices, where we produce Trail Runner and … Continue reading "Garmont Sticky Cloud Approach Shoes"
  • Arc’teryx Konseal FL Approach Shoe

      MSRP: $165.00 BEST FOR: Rocky, mid-length approaches   The Arc’teryx Konseal FL Approach Shoe is designed for when your objective is in that middle distance away—not long enough to justify a super-beefy, weighty shoe, … Continue reading "Arc’teryx Konseal FL Approach Shoe"
  • Boreal Bamba

    Boreal markets the Bamba as a “street shoe” that also performs off road. That’s exactly right. But they might have undersold it. Yes, the generous amount of largely monochrome leather on the Bamba ensures it pairs well … Continue reading "Boreal Bamba"
  • Evolv Cruzer Psyche

    The Evolv Cruzer Psyche is betwixt. It’s built on a trail-running shoe last, but has a sticky rubber sole. The inside is lined with plush microfiber and has a memory foam insole, but the outer is … Continue reading "Evolv Cruzer Psyche"
  • Five Ten Approach Pro

      It has happened. I have become one of those people who wears approach shoes to the bar, even when not coming straight from the crag. The bar isn’t the only place I wear them: I … Continue reading "Five Ten Approach Pro"
  • Lowa Approach Pro GTX Lo

      You can’t tell yet, but I’m fawning over this shoe. Imagine a high- performing alpine boot cut off above the ankle, as if by guillotine. Viola, you now have a shoe, not a boot. This … Continue reading "Lowa Approach Pro GTX Lo"
  • Scarpa Iguana

    Iguanas can climb anything, according to the Green Iguana Society’s guide to iguana-proofing a home. Bookcases, stone fireplaces, even the chimney—and that’s just indoors! It is fitting, then, that these light and nimble approach shoes pay … Continue reading "Scarpa Iguana"