The Aspect Pro is built for missions to the Hulk, big days in the Valley, and high alpine peaks. Engineered to perform on slabs and vertical terrain, the Aspect Pro has a 3D molded heel, a stiff midsole, and a slightly downturned forefoot. Extra coverage on the toe box provides added durability for crack climbing. A mid-height design provides protection and coverage for ankles in offwidths and chimneys. Finally, the Ecco DriTan™ leather upper is made with a less-water intensive tanning process and the engineered mesh tongue adds breathability.
- Black Label Fuse edging-specific rubber compound and forefoot construction
- Activated slingshot and midsole using a high elasticity tension rubber
- Full-length, stiff midsole provides comfort on long days
- Extra protection in toe box for added durability
- Ecco DriTan™ leather upper is processed using moisture already present in hides. It uses far less water and fewer chemicals than regular leathers
- DriTan™ leathers save 20 liters of water per hide.
- Low-waste molded rubber components round out upper construction
- Mid-height design provides extra ankle protection for crack climbing
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| 626 g
Single : 313 g / 11 oz
US sizes 5-13, including half sizes.
|Best Use (Highest Performance)
|Trad / Crack
|Engineered mesh tongue adds breathability
| Shape: Downturned (performance)
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Black Label Fuse edging-specific rubber
While some have simply tried to copy the most popular model, BD took its own route and created a trad shoe that feels like a change of pace from the norm. If you want a shoe for thin crack projects and super sensitive smearing, we suggest you give the Aspect Pro a shot. While it is only a touch cheaper than directly comparable options, it is worth noting how much technology Black Diamond packed into this shoe without skyrocketing the price. If you're looking for a top-end trad shoe – and, of course, it fits your foot – the Aspect Pro offers solid performance for the money.
We began by testing this shoe on a mixed bolt-and-gear granite slab with a strange, leaning, flaring crack, followed by thin nubbin stepping and faith smearing—exactly the type of climb it’s designed for. The big news here is that the Aspect Pro has such a kind, cushy microsuede footbed, and a softer demeanor than similar trad shoes, that it performed amazingly out of the box, needing almost no break-in period. On its inaugural voyage, the shoe felt grippy and reliable—and even had a dash of sensitivity, despite the full-length bilayer midsole.