La Sportiva Cliff
Break-in Period: day or two
Price Paid: $90
Overall a very nice shoe. First shoe I bought and it's served me well in the last year. I'm now climbing 5.10+ indoor and outdoor (including longish trad climbs). Decent edging and smearing.
Unfortunately the sole started delaminating after only a few months of use. I've seen this happen with other people's Cliffs too. And the toe on one of my shoes has worn through.
Overall a good shoe for the money but hopefully they'll fix the quality control on the sole.
Use: indoor climbing at least 2 times a week
Break-in Period: 1 month
Price Paid: $75
Great shoe with a great fit, this shoe is very comfortable. After about the first half of the year some of the rubber came off the sides but it was no big problem. The toe isn't the greatest and is not super narrow. Overall it is a great shoe an very comfy.
Price Paid: $75
Very comfortable shoe. Unlined leather with quick break-in. Stiff toe and laces to the toebox make for good crack climbing.
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Grip slabs like no other with the sticky 5 mm FriXion RS rubber soles of the La Sportiva Cliff shoe. Cramped feet won't be a problem for you thanks to the last's roomier toe, narrow heel, anatomical toe profile, and unlined leather uppers that have a little stretch for a good fit.
- Mountain Gear
On Sale. Free Shipping. La Sportiva Cliff Shoe (Fall 2009) The Men's Cliff Shoe by La Sportiva is a great entry-level all around climbing shoe. Features: Unlined leather stretches to fit 1.1 mm Laspoflex midsole is supportive yet sensitive Full coverage rubber rand allows for performance and comfort Weight: 9.6 oz / 273 g Upper: Leather Construction: Slip Lasted Last: RLN50 Lining: None Sole: 5mm FriXion RS Midsole: 1.1mm full length Laspoflex
La Sportiva Cliff Climbing Shoes are made for those beginners who want a comfortable, versatile, and reliable shoe. Slip-last design satisfies a wide range of climbers. Unlined, suede leather upper. 5mm super-sticky Vibram XSV sole performs well on edges, cracks, and slabs. Comparatively roomy asymmetric toe box. Lightweight Laspoflex midsole. On sizing, please note climbing shoe sizes are only a suggestion as fit is highly personal. Foot shape, use, and style all play into size selection.
La Sportiva's Cliff looks like an expensive high-performance climbing shoe, but the price, durability and performance is a custom fit for beginners and developing climbers. The versatility is ideal for indoor and outdoor climbing, but the fit is the key benefit: The Cliff has a roomy toe area and a narrow heel for enhanced comfort. The 1.1-mm. Laspoflex midsole provides support without compromising sensitivity. Like other La Sportiva shoes, the shoe size may run narrower than other climbing brands. When choosing sizes, keep in mind that the unlined leather upper will stretch slightly over time.
- Altrec Outdoors