The Urban Climber 2012 Gear Guide hit news stands this week with advice on what new climbing gear to buy. The SCARPA Boostic climbing shoe and SCARPA Crux approach shoe both won top honors from the magazine – Editor’s Choice Awards!
New for 2012, the Boostic is the latest masterpiece of the famous climbing shoemaker, Heinz Mariacher. Aggressive enough for the best climbers and hardest climbs, but surprisingly comfortable enough for novice climbers as well. The Boostic is designed to perform all day on longer, harder routes while remaining comfortable.
About the Boostic, Urban Climber wrote, “The Boostic is an all-around outstanding shoe. It has everything I like: a simple heel, powerful downturned toe (but not too intense), Velcro closures, leather uppers, precise edging, and great rubber…This shoe should make a stellar addition to many climbers’ arsenal of boots.”
The Crux is a street savvy approach shoe. Designed to be comfortable on the trail, but perform on the approach and easy climbs, the Crux is a Jack-of-all-trades. The Crux employs the exclusive new Vibram Vertical approach sole that both climbs more effectively and provides better traction for descending loose terrain. As an added bonus, the Crux looks great paired with jeans for the post-climb dinner.
The Crux and the Boostic– together make the perfect climbing pair. Comfortable for all-day use and designed for every type of terrain you might encounter on a climb or on the approach, the Boostic and the Crux deserve their most recent accolades.
Again, Urban Climber raved about the Crux saying, “Not sure why these shoes are named as such, because picking them out of my shoe lineup is the easiest part of my day. They’re beyond comfortable and have proven sturdy and sticky from slabby approaches and snow-covered trails to deep mud and boulder-hopping throughout the West. They fit my low-volume and narrow feet perfectly, and I can wear them under skinny jeans without feeling like a teched-out pariah.”