Since starting climbing ever so frequently, I decided that the first piece of equipment that I would need would be rock climbing shoes. After climbing for a few months I was sick of renting from the climbing gym which were not only pricey, but they smelled liked Danish rotten cheese and to top it off had holes in some of them.
As someone who is just starting off and still learning to the different techniques, I was told not to invest too heavily in expensive climbing shoes. The reason being is that people will tend to climb considerably rougher in the beginning and will wear out the shoes quickly. So what I was looking for to was a shoe that was both economical and durable and yet comfortable at the same time.
Living in Malaysia, the choices that were presented were not what you would call an abundance. However I was quickly drawn to the Climb X Rave climbing shoe which was very comfortable, durable and did not leave my wallet empty at the end of the day. And I have to say for the price, they do look quite stylish and not like rental shoes I must add.
I have been using these shoes for about 2 months now and to my surprise they have held up very well despite the beating of sharp rocks during outdoor climbs and the countless hours in the climbing gym.
Another important feature is the organic hemp foot bed or as Climb X calls it “Dope lining” which prevents the shoes from smelling. I’m pretty sure that most climbers have faced the smelliest of climbing shoes and it certainly a relief to have your shoes smelling like brand new pair every time.
These shoes are quite commonly available at online shops and as well as local climbing shops. The Climb X Rave will set you back between USD $50 – $80 depending on where you shop. Definitely a bag for the buck.
Also a small tip when making a purchase of climbing shoes is that they need to be very tight and also take into consideration as these shoes are made from leather they will expand slightly after a few climbs.