• Rock Runners - Zach

La Sportiva has made a name for themselves in recent years releasing quality shoe after quality shoe. La Sportiva Miura VS is no exception to this rule. The Miura VS is considered “high performance,” but it's actually an all-around tool that would improve every climber’s performance, no matter their skill level. It manages to master almost every climbing discipline and rarely lacks in any category. It's three velcro straps and advanced asymmetric design lends itself to being a very versatile shoe. The Miura's rubber has a perfect blend of stiff and soft that's designed for maximum performance when on vertical slopes and chips. using the same Vibram XS Grip 2 rubber as the genious, it has the same sensitivity and grip potential. The Miura VS also contains Sportiva’s patented P3 platform that retains the shoe’s shape, and hence performance, over a long lifetime.


You can find the La Sportiva Miura VS on Amazon.

Edging

Starting off with one of it's best features of many, the Miura's heavy asymmetric design really cracks down on even the thinnest of foot chips or features. The P3 platform we talked about earlier allows this immense power that can support your body weight on the most minuscule holds. The edging works well all around the shoe and gives the climber a wide variety of possible positions on the wall allowing you to shift seamlessly without fearing a fall.


Sensitivity

One of the few things the Miura VS actually lacks is sensitivity however, it makes up for it with it's overly powerful edging capabilities. They may feel a bit stiff out of the box and may take some time to get used to but most of the time your lack of sensitivity will be overlooked by the ability to stand on features you didn't even know existed.


Comfortability

This shoe hands down was made for performance and nothing more. Don't expect this shoe to immediately be comfortable because quite frankly it won't. I would definitely recommend buying this shoe a half or full size up from your street shoe if you are looking for a more comfortable experience. The low volume toe box fits into thin cracks and likes to apply a to of pressure on your big toe.


Pockets

The Miura's low volume and powerful edging make it a perfect pocket shoe. It's great on steep slopes that would put other shoes to shame, sticking into and hooking like no other. It's a great option if you are looking to climb overhang.


Features

La Sportiva Miura VS only comes with velcro straps so no laces, it also has a leather upper section allowing some stretch but the ability to retain its shape. in terms of width sizes, it comes in only one size but I have heard no complaints about width fitting issues. Miura VS has 4mm Vibram XS rubber, it's very high quality and durable. The P3 plate allows for great longevity and keeps its shape and power over time.


Value

For $185 USD on Amazon, the Miura VS is definitely on the more expensive side however we do think it is well worth the price. If you are looking for a real edge crusher that rarely lets up you have found the right shoe. Over a long time, the edging power may decrease a bit but it's still overall very durable.


You can find the La Sportiva Miura VS on Amazon.


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Updated: May 10, 2020

As we all sit idle in our homes waiting for the quarantine to end, we are in desperate need of something to do. As a rock climber, it's essential to keep up your muscle and tendon strength, or your first trip back may leave you sore or even injured. Your calluses are fading, you feel weaker, and you are just straight-up bored. We have three great methods to stay in peak physical condition for when you get back out to the gym.


1. A Hang board


If you have ever been to a climbing gym, which I would assume you have, you may have seen a hang-board. Either selling, showcasing, using, a hang board is a staple of every gym. Hang boards are a great way to keep up your finger strength without needing to actually climb routs. They will not only maintain your strength but increase it. The basic exercise is a dead hang from small holds. Mount the board so you can easily reach the holds. You should be able to lower your feet to the ground when you are ready to unweight your hands; letting go and dropping to the floor can strain and damage finger tendons. Just let yourself hang for as long as possible and time it. You can do 1 - 3 sets each day making sure that each set you have full strength. If you are consistent you should see results


You can find great quality hang boards like this Amazon bestseller for just $60 USD.


2. Metolius GripSaver Plus

Most of you have never heard of this product, but I assure you it is worth your time to look into. The grip saver meant to strengthen your finger tendons or in their words "your hand, wrist, and forearm effectively and safely." while also acting as a stress ball. I personally own this product and I can say right off the bat that it is fantastic for the price. If you pulled a forearm or sprained a finger the grip saver does an excellent job at stretching and relieving tension in the area. It's easy to use anywhere in your house and even works well as a fidget toy all the while your fingers build up strength.


You can Find the GripSaver on Amazon for just $18 USD.





3. Go Outdoor Climbing

Even if you have never tried outdoor climbing now is a better time than ever! Some national parks that contain boulders have free access due to the pandemic. If it is your first time, I would advise you to bring a crash mat, and helmets in case your boulder routs go south. One great example of outdoor climbing that I have visited personally is Devils Lake, Wisconsin.

They feature more than fifty routes and boulder and is a great place to go to spend quality time with friends. Outdoor climbing is a great all-day excursion that will surely strengthen your rock climbing game. Gym Climbers be prepared, outdoor climbing is much different from indoor. Bring food and water, and especially bring a phone in case of an emergency.


We hope everyone is able to cope during these uncertain times, we appreciate our emergency services and essential workers that are holding up our communal structure. Please don't put yourself at risk with anything on this list. Be smart and stay safe.

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Updated: Apr 18, 2020

As the world slows down, due to recent events, many people have resorted to large scale online purchasing. Because indoor climbing facilities and gyms across the globe are closed now may be the perfect time to join the masses and buy a new pair of climbing shoes. Luckily for you, we have compiled our top five 2020 climbing shoe picks as of April 2020.


5. La Sportiva Genious

La Sportiva calls the Genious, “the most advanced performance-built design on the market.“ and with a high price tag of nearly $200, you would hope they would be. La Sportiva Genius has a very aggressive style giving it great toe and heel hook potential performing outstandingly well of vertical and technical terrain. The Genius uses Vibram XS Grip 2, this is Vibram’s softest and stickiest compound, it prioritizes sensitivity and grip over edging and durability. This allows you to be a bit reckless on the wall and be confident that you won't slip. Unfortunately, the "no edge technology" means that resoling generally will be more expensive because it requires a custom made sole. Overall the Sportiva Genious is a great option and definitely should be one of your top options when shopping

Check out the La Sportiva Genius on Amazon.


4. Butora Acro

The Butora Acro is a great choice for wide footed climbers. It has a stiff yet sensitive edge, providing immense comfort and versatility. The Acro is almost entirely coated in NEO Fuse sticky rubber prooving its use to be great for heel and toe hooks on overhang and vertical terrain. The Acro comes in narrow and wide foot sizes but as we said earlier, the acro is very well received by wide footed climbers.

This shoe can be picked up for $160 on Amazon.


3. Butora Endeavor



Butora's rise to fame over the last few years has been unexpected, to say the least. With quality shoe construction like this it's not hard to see why. The Endeavor is a great beginner go-to shoe for almost anyone. It's flat sole design and its leather/synthetic upper allows for all-day comfort in almost any setting. With a low price tag of just $100, the Endeavor provides outstanding durability and multiple designs to fit your needs. The Endeavor comes in either a slim or wide foot as well as zig-zag velcro strap designs. Overall the Endeavor has a very simple functionality that is incredibly easy to get used to and work with.

Grab your own pair of Butora Endeavors of Amazon.


2. Scarpa Instinct VS

The Instinct VS is one of the newest shoes from Scarpa and has quickly grown in popularity. I personally have seen this shoe featured in nearly every climbing facility I have recently visited and seen a multitude of people wearing it. the Instinct VS established itself as a great, Versatile, choice for both bouldering and sport climbing. The Instinct VS has a perfect ratio of rubber keeping it light and versatile. The rubber sole is thinner at 3.5mm allowing some sensitivity and flex. They are made with comfortable synthetic microsuede material giving a tight firm fit, they also have an elastic strap near the tongue to stretch and fit around your ankle like a sock. This model stands out to us as one of the best modern shoes on the market. Although the Instinct VS a relatively high price tag at $180, it's without a doubt worth every penny.

Get your own pair on Amazon.


1. La Sportiva Miura VS


Showing up once again on this list La Sportiva takes the number one pick for the all-around best shoes as of April 2020. Take everything we told you about the Sportiva Genious, add better edging, durability, and style. La Sportiva Miura VS is the most precise edging shoe on the market. It has three velcro straps and a not to stiff not to soft feel that is designed for maximum comfort when on vertical slopes and chips. using the same Vibram XS Grip 2 rubber as the genius, it has the same sensitivity and grip potential.

The Miura tends to favor climbers with more narrow feet, but it would surely work with anyone. Its strong toe structure allows you to stand on the tiniest holds throughout your rout. Somehow this shoe fails at almost nothing, whereas most other shoes tend to master one category and forget about the rest, the La Sportiva Miura VS is absolutely nothing but the best. The Miura VS comes with a worthy price tag of $180 sure to make nobody question their purchase.

Do yourself a favor and check them out on Amazon.

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