Garmont Sticky Cat
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 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.
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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
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.
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
On Sale. Free Shipping. Garmont Men's Sticky Cat Shoe (Fall 2008) The Men's Sticky Cat Shoe by Garmont is for approach, low-grade climbing, and bouldering. Features Supportive, reinforced upper Performance lace-to-toe fit Sticky approach outsole Specifications Upper: 1.8 mm suede + mesh Lining: Garmont QDS Structure: Sticky Ride Insole: Firm EVA Midsole: Dual Durometer EVA Sole: Vibram Crossover Weight: 430 grams ( pr. Men s 8.5) Weight: 15 oz.