Boreal Kintaro

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Supper comfortable aggressive climbing shoe. Amazingly…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100


Supper comfortable aggressive climbing shoe. Amazingly sticky rubber (these shoes literally stick together). The new V2 Rand system keeps an aggressive fit forcing the toe forward and keeping heels tight for heel hooking.


  • Rubber stickiness
  • V2 rand system
  • Comfort


  • Rubber durability

After ten years of climbing and trying to find a shoe that performed at the highest level, while maintaining a comfortable fit, I have come full circle to the inventors of sticky rubber.

The heel cup fits my narrow heel with no dead space. The forefoot knuckles the toes into a good position of power with out the pain of Chinese foot binding usually associated with high end shoes. I bought them as directed on the Boreal website in my street shoe size.  With this sizing they are great for sport or multipitch sport routes, they also boulder well and stand on smeary edges wonderfully.

Onlined leather comfortably wraps around the foot with out losing shape over time and does not gain the death sent of synthetic shoes. The V2 rand system works like a charm maintaing positive forward control of the foot, a secure fit for heel hooking and does not cause pain in the achilles.

Oh, and the sticky on this rubber smears and smedges better than any other rubber on the market. Boreal has me as a customer for life.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The Boreal Kintaro Men's Climbing Shoe is a precise and sensitive shoe is ideal for bouldering and steep/overhanging climbs. Easy to use closure and a glove-like fit.


Get through steep sections of bouldering and sport climbing with the sticky rubber and secure fit of the Boreal Kintaro rock climbing shoes. High-quality split leather uppers feature reinforced rip-and-stick closures that allow quick on and off and simple adjustment. Extra-wide upper straps and a glovelike fit provide secure hold of your heels. 5 - 5.5mm-thick Boreal Zenith rubber is extremely sticky and highly abrasion resistant; rubber provides consistent performance across a range of temperatures. Shoes have aggressive down-turned profiles that make them ideal for bouldering and climbing steep sport routes. Padded mesh tongues are comfortable on the tops of your feet. The Boreal Kintaro rock climbing shoes are not lined.


Boreal Kintaro

previously retailed for:
$104.27 - $148.95

The Boreal Kintaro is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen December 17, 2013 at

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