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 The Mission XP Leather Women is technically retired but it's still sold online. You've found a page of history! The Mission XP Leather Women is no longer produced by Black Diamond. We're showing it as "available" on WeighMyRack because you can still find it at trustworthy online retailers.

 The Mission XP Leather Women is technically retired but it's still sold online. You've found a page of history! The Mission XP Leather Women is no longer produced by Black Diamond. We're showing it as "available" on WeighMyRack because you can still find it at trustworthy online retailers.

Black Diamond Mission XP Leather Women Approach Shoe
  • Black Diamond Mission XP Leather Women Approach Shoe
  • Black Diamond Mission XP Leather Women Approach Shoe
  • Black Diamond Mission XP Leather Women Approach Shoe
  • Black Diamond Mission XP Leather Women Approach Shoe
  • Black Diamond Mission XP Leather Women Approach Shoe
  • Black Diamond Mission XP Leather Women Approach Shoe
  • Black Diamond Mission XP Leather Women Approach Shoe

Mission XP Leather Women

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Description

Engineered to handle long approaches where precision, durability and comfort are clutch, the Black Diamond Mission Leather is the approach shoe you want for long days in the mountains with rough terrain and off trail ascents. Designed with a durable suede and welded synthetic upper the Mission Leather slips on to provide security and comfort that lasts all day. The Mission Leather features a suede leather upper with welded TPU overlays, which is for season after season of abuse and lined for added fit and comfort. A dual density EVA midsole provides tuned stiffness for technical edging precision with a forefoot midsole shank while providing all day comfort and forefoot protection. The Mission Leather’s high-performance BlackLabel-Mountain rubber is super sticky, enabling confident movement on committing terrain. The rubber toe protection and TPU side panels add durability and protection while multiple webbing loops give you plenty of tagging and stowing options when the approach ends and the hard climbing begins.

  • Gusseted tongue keeps debris out and foot locked down
  • Multiple webbing loops for various tagging options

Retail price

US$ 164.95

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Weight

Half Pair - size 8
282 grams (0 lb 10 oz)

Full Pair - size 8
564 grams (1 lb 3.9 oz)

Style

Style

Running

A running inspired shoe, designed to excel on technical trails. These shoes may have less rubber lasting and a smaller climbing zone on the sole but tend to be on the lighter and less bulky side of the spectrum, similar to a classic technical trail runner.


Casual

Great for flat ground, short approaches, and slabby scrambling. Casual approach shoes are great daily wear for folks that find themselves scrambling and hiking a lot in between trips to the crag and the grocery store.


Technical

A more rugged shoe with more lasting and typically a thicker sole. Made to handle the most technical terrain and talus fields. Technical shoes can also have more ankle coverage and waterproof coatings.

Technical
Volume

Volume

Size vs Gender

Volume refers to the overall sizing of the shoe in relation to the size of the foot from top to bottom and side to side. Many brands make a Mens/Unisex shoe and some have both a Men’s and Women’s model. Brands are slowly updating their language away from gender to Low/High volume -- recognizing that any person may have a high or low volume foot.

Low (women)
Closure

Closure

Flat Laces

Flat laces are found most often on casual or running shoes, as their low bulk helps with aesthetic and having a lower profile.


Cord Laces

Cord laces are found on the majority of approach shoes. Their rounded shape makes them more durable than flat laces and their woven structure makes them much stronger.


Webbing & Buckles

Though fairly uncommon, some approach shoes are made to be closed via a combination of threaded flat webbing and a tightening buckle.

Flat laces
Rise

Rise

Low vs Mid

The rise of an approach shoe mostly affects the support and coverage of the ankle but can also limit articulation and range of motion. Most approach shoes have a low rise. A mid rise should be chosen when scrambling through large loose scree or boulder fields is a regular need or when in wet or snowy environments where slippery surfaces can benefit from more ankle support.

Low
Features

Features

Climbing Zone

The climbing zone is a quintessential part of an approach shoe; without it, we consider a shoe a hiker or trail runner. The climbing zone is a flat or flattened area of the sole directly beneath the toes on every approach shoe. This zone is specifically designed to not have lugs for grip and instead is intended for smearing and edging on rock during an approach to a technical climb. Some manufacturers add splits or shallow texture to this zone, but it is not lugged as in a traditional hiker.


Foldable Heel

A foldable heel is designed to flatten into the shoe so it may be slid on and off easily similar to a clog or a croc. This is becoming more common with newer models and is most likely to be seen in casual shoes than hiking or running.


Low Toe Lacing

Low toe lacing is a feature where the closure of the approach shoe extends greatly towards the toes as compared to traditional hiking shoes. This will most usually be an extra 3-5 extra lacings across the shoe that are usually partially across the knuckles of the toes. The advantage of lacing extending this low is that it allows a greater tightening of the shoe around the toes when terrain requires technical footwork like slab climbing or crack jamming.


Stowable

An approach shoe with this feature either has a built-in elastic or webbing or an accessory strap or band that is designed to connect the shoes to each other when they aren’t worn. This allows them to be hung from a harness or bag on a multipitch climb. This is fairly uncommon and usually found on light-weight shoes.


Vegan

Since there is no standard in the shoe industry for what exactly qualifies a shoe as ‘Vegan’, we only list this if the manufacturer has stated it in the product description.


Waterproof

Refers to an applied coating or material technology that either makes a shoe resistant or impervious to water. Not every manufacturer tests waterproofing in the same way so this can be difficult to compare. We list items as ‘Waterproof’ when the manufacturer states they have one or more of these technologies.

Climbing Zone
Sizing US: 5.5 - 11 (half sizes) ­
Materials & Construction Upper: Suede leather

Midsole: Dual density tuned EVA midsole with Welded TPU overlays ­­

Sole: BlackLabel-Mountain rubber

Last: BD Rockered Approach

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Rock and Run Gear Review no rating given just a review

I found both models to be very comfortable, and break in periods were short (though as noted above, slightly longer for the Technician Leather due to the stiffer upper and narrower, climbing oriented forefoot). The fit of the Mission XP seemed wider in the forefoot than most other shoes, which is good for me as I have relatively wide feet. The lacing system – particularly on the Mission XP, wraps quite wide around the foot meaning that a good fit can be achieved by adjusting the lacing. On the Technician Leather the lacing also extends down to the toe meaning that tweaks can be made to tighten the shoe around the toes – which is something you might do when switching into scrambling or climbing mode.

Technician Leather and Mission Leather Shoes