- Dragon – The best all-rounder in terms of toe-down shoes, performing superbly on the steep arenas for which it is designed, and also working pretty well across a spectrum of angles. If you were to buy one pair of toe-down shoes, the Dragon is king.
- Jet7 – Similarly good on steep ground, however the softer mid sole and minimalist adjustment makes it a slightly less versatile shoe than the Dragon. The soft amenable upper and easy on-and-off nature of this shoe make it a great training and bouldering shoe. Also the best option for those who like out-of-the-box usability.
- Team 5.10 – To me this is the ultimate red-point shoe for steep, hard boulder problems or sport routes, with its aggressive and accurate fit working in perfect equilibrium with an all encompassing rubber clad upper, to offer maximum grab, hook and torque. Although, breaking in is required. A must for all hardcore boulderers who enjoy the steeper side of life.
SummaryIf steep boards, powerful cave climbing and/or burly monkey-up-a-stick compression is your game join the Team, you won't be disappointed.... but bring your own carrier bags!
Upper: Synthetic Microfiber, Sole: Stealth Mystique - 3.5mm, Last: Slip, Triple pull tabs, Slingshot heel, Elasticated closure with Velcro strap, Fish hook midsole, 2mm Stealth Mystic toe cove.