The Shaman is a modern cambered shoe designed for the climber who challenges themselves with different types of climbing. Equally home on overhanging gymnastic and steep routes that require precise footwork. The vegan synthetic upper is built on an aggressively profiled last will ensure your foot is always in a power position and that the shoe will not stretch too much over time. Excelling on every angle and rock type, if there was one shoe to rule them all, it would be Shaman. The tensioned heel rand will provide enough power and support to bear down on small edges, while yielding enough to climb those off vertical angles. The love bump plastic midsole places your toes into a crimped power position, while the knuckle box provides room, so you do not smash your toes against the top of the toe rand, these two features work in parallel to eliminate dead space under your toes and creates a comfortable and powerful sensation out of the box.
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| 493 g
Single : 246.6 g / 8.7 oz (Size 9)
|2 Velcro closures
US sizes : M 5-14 including half sizes, 15, W 6-15 including half sizes, 16
|Best Use (Highest Performance)
Trad / Crack
Sport / Face
|not provided by the brand
| Shape: Downturned (performance)
Construction: not provided by the brand
not provided by the brand
|not provided by the brand Synthetic (Synthratek VX)
|1.6 mm MX-P Half-length Love Bump midsole & dark spine heel
| 4.2 mm
Rand: VTR rand (thicker front toe area)
The Shaman has won the heart of many climbers and a fair few awards along the way. However, when comparing these shoes to our other favorites, we couldn't get past the softness of the rubber as a key factor in our assessment. This rubber limits the edging ability compared to other high-end models, and with a lot of rubber underfoot, it doesn't compensate for that by being more sensitive. The toe also feels somewhat blunt, so it's harder to fit into small spaces or to place on thin edges. As with any high-end climbing shoe, the final decision will come down to personal preference and what you're climbing.