Designed specifically for a women’s foot, the Women’s Momentum climbing shoe was built with ultimate comfort in mind, but excels in performance. With Engineered Knit Technology for exceptional breathability, and innovative NeoFriction molded rubber, the Momentum is the perfect entry-level climbing shoe for all day comfort at the gym or crag.
Designed to provide unparalleled comfort for all day cragging and gym sessions, the Momentum is a two-strap Velcro shoe built with a women’s specific last and combines innovative technology with a classic, flat-last design to create an entry-level shoe that excels in performance. With an upper fabric that consists entirely of our Engineered Knit Technology, the Momentum provides stretch where you need it, support where it matters and all around exceptional breathability. We’ve also added a micro-fiber liner to the front of the shoe to minimize stretch and maximize comfort. The Momentum’s durable, NeoFriction rubber is unique in that it’s molded—inspired by the way we forge our carabiners—versus cut from one sheet of rubber. This is our engineered solution to optimize our shoe’s rubber and rands for weight, consistency and comfort. Built for all-day comfort on moderate routes, boulders or gym sessions, the Momentum features a soft-flex midsole for sensitivity and is the perfect entry level climbing shoe.
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|Weight|| 187 g|
Single : 187 g / 6.6 oz
US Women sizes 5-11.5|
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||
|Last Details|| Shape: Flat (comfort)|
Construction: Slip Lasted
|Midsole Material||Soft flex|
|Sole Material||4.3 mm NeoFriction Rubber|
|Footbed Lining|| |
In terms of quality of construction, Black Diamond falls around the middle of the pack. Given that the Momentum is their first house-made climbing shoe, it’s not surprising that there are a few kinks to work out. The straps lack the high quality craftsmanship of brands like Butora and La Sportiva, the closure system needs some improvement (see the comfort section above), and the knit upper certainly prioritizes breathability over durability and fit. At $90, the Momentum is one of the least expensive climbing shoes available, and you definitely get what you pay for.
I fit the Momentum in my street-shoe size and it was spot on. My big toes did feel pressed at the end of the toe box, but that is likely specific to me, a bigly big toe. I also have an extremely high arch, and yet the fit was snug. Overall, for those wanting an all-around, comfortable, quality shoe, at a good price point, with sound construction, the Momentum will not disappoint.
Overall, the Black Diamond Momentum performed as well as expected. It can edge and hold its own on vertical terrain and we didn't notice a huge difference between the new fabric uppers and the classic leather uppers regarding breathability. Unfortunately, the women's version of these shoes is very narrow, and our wide-footed testers found the women's Momentum to be very tight and borderline uncomfortable. We were not blown away by these shoes by any means, but they are a good buy for newer climbers on a budget.