Garmont Sticky Cat
I just got back from my first climbing trip of the…
Materials: suede and mesh
Use: day hiking, rock approach, on belay
Break-in Period: comfy out of the box
Price Paid: $90
I just got back from my first climbing trip of the season and am really pleased with these shoes. I also have to say that they are really burly. Comfy to stand in for long periods of time while on belay. The narrow toe combined with the great rubber sole allows for easy access on the rock - Heck, I would even use these to climb 5.8 if need be! The only fault I could find is that the toe box may be too narrow for those with a wide forefoot, but it grips well around the heel.
Contrary to the other reviewer I have to say that…
Contrary to the other reviewer I have to say that these shoes perform really well on rocky terrain. I have used them a lot in our rugged limestone mountains for easy climbing and have always been satisfied with their grip. You have to consider that these are fairly lightweight shoes and that they cannot be compared with heavy duty boots. They would not be my choice for very long hikes over mixed terrain. The materials show marked signs of usage after a short period, therefore only 4 stars.
These are much more comfortable comfortable but less…
Price Paid: ~$60
These are much more comfortable comfortable but less sticky than my other/previous approach shoes (La Sportiva Cirque Pro, Montrail CTC, Merrell Jam).
I was attracted to how light yet cushiony they were.
Sticky what???? I'm the unfortunate owner of a pair…
I'm the unfortunate owner of a pair of those shoes, which I bought thinking mainly in their scrambling aptitudes. Well I was wrong. The sole doesn't stick at all, plus the mesh lining on the side punctured after just one day out. They are confortable to hike on, but you will have to look out for good footholds when it gets steep.
Here's what other sites are saying:
CLOSEOUTS . Garmont’s Sticky Cat approach shoes are designed for a combination of light bouldering, scrambling and hiking, with a unique Vibram(R) multi-terrain outsole and wide rubber toe rand. Comfort Climate System insole Padded collar and tongue Suede and nylon upper Weight: 2 lb. 2 oz. pr. Medium width CLOSEOUTS . China. Visit our Shoe Sizing Guide
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version
The Garmont Sticky Cat is an approach shoe that sticks to all kinds of rock for mixed climbing and scrambling.Lace-to-toe throat, sticky outsole and rand + secure foot retention = climbing performance, but stability plate + comfort ride dual durometer midsole enable it to hang casually with little performance sacrifice.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
Put on the Garmont Men's Sticky Cat Approach Shoes, and meet your friends for a full day of climbing. Garmont made these approach shoe's midsole with a medium durometer heel and midfoot for comfort while walking, and a firm durometer forefoot to compliment the sticky Vibram outsole. The Sticky Cat shoes give you support and impact protection while shouldering your gear on flat trails, and the technical scrambling ability you need for slabs and low-grade climbing. A firm insole sheet makes it easy to stand on etriers all day while aid climbing or belaying.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
Serving up a little bit of rock shoe, a touch of running shoe, and a pinch of hiking boot, the Garmont Women's Sticky Cat Hiking Shoe is a solid choice for the person who gravitates to rock, whether it's slickrock rambling, casual bouldering, or approaching the biggest of big walls. A sticky Vibram Crossover outsole provides traction on dirt trails or exposured ridgelines, and a performance lace-to-toe fit offers the sensitivity necessary for making confident 5th class moves. A dual durometer EVA midsole is another contributor to the shoe's fabulous sensitivity, placing firmer material underneath the forefoot for better feel on rock and softer material beneath the heel for cushioning that feels like a road running shoe. The Garmont Sticky Cat Hiking Shoe for women does not shy away from hauling heavy loads of climbing hardware. A firm EVA protection plate underneath the midfoot zone supports and stabilizes the extra load on the feet, making long marches back to the car a much more pleasant experience, especially after peeling off your shrink-wrap tight rock shoes. And to further care for the feet, a mesh upper with quick dry lining provides a low moisture interior environment that reduces the possibility of blisters and odor build-up.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the women's version