User Review: La Sportiva Men's Cirque Pro
Use: Mountaineering, rock climbing, hiking
Break-in Period: 2 or 3 days (15 miles)
Weight: 1 lb, 10 oz
Price Paid: $95
These are excellent shoes for mountaineering and hiking over rocks. I can easily climb 5.6+ in these shoes. About half of the Exum guides in Jackson Hole wear these for Teton climbs and general hiking. The lacing cinches the toe pocket nicely and the even pressure makes this a very comfortable shoe. The sticky rubber soles provide excellent adhesion to rock, although (as with all "sticky" shoes) this adhesion is significantly less when the soles or rock are wet.
Comparing these with La Sportiva's B5, the B5 has a slightly stiffer sole, better for sticking toe holds. But the B5's tread has a middle strip of non-sticky rubber, so friction climbing is a bit harder. The B5's have more defined tread, better if you expect a lot of mud. But in almost all cases I'd go with the Cirque.
These shoes are not waterproof and the leather takes a while to dry. They also feel heavier when they are wet, and the insole looses some of it's padding. They're fine to kick steps in snow, but expect wet feet at the end.
All in all, a great pair of approach shoes. More durable than some of 5-10's products and more comfortable too. Can't beat the weight.
The leather uppers won't stretch like the Mythos climbing shoes. Buy the correct size to start. I bought a half size up (the shoes run a bit small).