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Boreal Flyers Mid Women Approach Shoe
  • Boreal Flyers Mid Women Approach Shoe
  • Boreal Flyers Mid Women Approach Shoe

Flyers Mid Women


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A climber’s best friend, Boreal Flyers is THE original technical approach shoe. Often imitated but never equalled. Flyers mid has evolved to stay ahead of the game and now packs more versatility and comfort than ever.

Flyers mid has a slightly closer fit than our regular approach shoes and has an extended rock-shoe-like lace closure for a precise fit and great control. The upper is made from premium quality split leather with PU Air Net lining, and the generous rubber rand both protects from scuffs and aids grip in foot jams. 

Unlike lesser approach shoes, Flyers boasts a fully board-lasted construction for superior comfort and support on rough terrain.

The Vibram Appeal outsole combines a precise climbing zone at the forefoot with a deeper tread pattern. This provides excellent grip on rock and soft ground, whether approaching, climbing, or descending.

Flyers mid is the benchmark technical approach shoe.

Retail price

US$ 150.00

Half Pair - size UK 4
390 grams (0 lb 13.8 oz)

Full Pair - size UK 4
780 grams (1 lb 11.5 oz)




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.


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.


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.



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)


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


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.



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.


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.


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.


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
Low toe lacing
Sizing UK: 4 - 8 (half sizes) ­
Materials & Construction Upper: Premium quality 1.8mm split leather. Laces to the toe for a precise fit. Rubber toecap for protection and TPU heel rand to reduce weight. HFS padded heel system.

Midsole: Boreal PXF with shock absorbing EVA layer for comfort. ­

Insole / Liner: PU Air Net

Sole: Vibram Appeal rubber outsole in high friction Megaprip formula ­
HFS: Heel Fit System Technology

HFS: Heel Fit System

Padded foam heel fit system developed by Boreal to hold the heel in place and avoid movement.

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UK Climbing Gear Review no rating given just a review

I got the Flyers Mid expecting it to be quite a specialist shoe. Perhaps it is, but what's actually impressed me most about them is how much of an all-rounder they are and as a result of this, they're a shoe I've reached for more often than I expected. They're supremely comfortable, handle brilliantly on a wide variety of different surfaces, and offer a good amount of protection and support. The fact that they're built to last, both in terms of its construction and the way in which the shoe has been reinforced, means they're a good investment, because they've got a whole lot of life in them. 

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