Built on our new Verdon last, this very asymmetric climbing shoe is designed for superior edging with out-of-the-box comfort in mind. We accomplish this by constructing the shoe in a new way. A molded thermoplastic and EVA midsole fills in the dead space of the foot's natural curves to support your bone and muscle structure, all while locking the foot into place. The perforations in the tongue and the Clarino lined leather upper offer unmatched hot-weather comfort.
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|Weight|| 260 g|
Single : 260 g / 9.5 oz (Size 9 US)
US sizes : 4-13UK sizes : 3-12|
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||
Sport / Face|
|Last Details|| Shape: Arched (technical)|
|Midsole Material||Molded Thermoplastic and EVA|
|Sole Material||Stealth® C4™|
A good stiff shoe with excellent C4 rubber. Not quite the same as the laser precise 'White' but with a more comfortable and better heel and a more asymmetric shape. The plastic midsole and thick feeling rubber give a lot of support for long edgy pitches, and the upper, tongue and liner are very comfortable. The thickness does mean a loss of sensitivity and not a great ability on smears. The pointy front end doesn't affect the fit, but does slot in to some pockets. Good shoes, great on the limestone, and a good arrow in the limestone sport climber's quiver.
Overall I really liked the Verdon. It offers superb all-round performance and stands up well to heavy use. That said, I can imagine the last shape of the shoe being something of a Marmite issue, with some climbers loving it and others not. Whilst it certainly is usable out-of-the-box, due to the hefty sole unit it did take a little wearing in before I considered using it on very small edges, but this is more a consideration than a criticism and once worn it functions well in this regard.
I went for the Verdon, simply the best fitting and nicely aggressive while still flexible enough for slabs... I bought 3 half sizes down from my usual size and though tight were definitely the right size to break in. The good news is that I had a great session; the rubber is super sticky, the toe found everything and I shifted a V5 project. Sadly, that’s where the good news, and my ownership of these shoes ended. In a sentence, do not buy.
The Verdon is made of suede leather lined with an exceptionally smooth polyester material. We found that these stretched about 1/4-1/2 size after a few dozen routes and we expect that they will stretch another 1/4 size–just enough to make a little more room for toe knuckles. The tongue is made of a soft perforated foam and keeps the fit comfortable even when cranking down on the laces for a solid fit. The rubber on the heel goes all the way up the back so heel hooks with the tight fit are solid and predictable. Although the toes are covered fairly well with sticky rubber, the shape does not lend itself to really strong toe hooks, decent, but not great.
Since the Blancos were discontinued last year, people are asking how these compare. For one, the toe is much pointier on this, making it better for pockets. The toe box is wider, so if you have big feet, these will probably feel much better, though the asymmetric shape might be a factor to consider if you aren’t used to wearing those kinds of shoes. The Verdon is also stiffer than the Whites, which could be good or bad depending on your preferences. The heel is much more comfortable, and doesn’t dig in like it does on the Blanco. Sized big, these could be great all day trad shoes, like a stiffer Katana Lace.