Materials: Leather upper, CTX thermo-moldable foam, HT Gryptonite rubber
Use: Bouldering, toproping, sport on steep to overhanging
Break-in Period: 2 minutes if you stick them in the oven
Weight: Under a pound
Price Paid: $80
The rubber is as sticky as C4 or Onyx, although softer (might wear faster?). The fit is comfortable, no hot spots that I've felt. The plant is medium-wide, fits the foot very nicely, but might constrict exceptionally wide plants. The edging is superior, reminiscent of the Galileo, but with quite a lot of sensitivity. Extremely aggressive asym foot puts a *ton* of power in the toe. It's unreal.
The leather takes a little bit of break-in, but the interior has the CTX foam. Stick 'em in an oven for two minutes, put them on, and they mold to your feet. Very, very, very comfortable shoes, especially for being two full sizes smaller than street. In fact, I might've been able to go a 1/2 size smaller.
In summation: my favorite shoes to date, and they seem to work well as all-around shoes, as well (or better) than my 5.10 Galileos. I would recommend them to an intermediate to advanced climber that has some foot strength, and is looking for an aggressive, super-sticky climbing shoe. Me, I don't leave home without 'em.
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CLOSEOUTS . Montrail's Method slip-on rock climbing shoes are your new method to achieve better performance on the rock wall. Gryptonite HT (high test) outsole for insane stick Dual side gores for a secure, comfortable fit PRFRM moldable foam in heel and toe section Rubber reinforced suede uppers Weight: 1 lb. pr. CLOSEOUTS . China. Size Euro (US): 371_2 (5) 38 (51_2) 381_2 (6) 39 (61_2) 391_2 (61_2-7) 40 (7) 401_2 (71_2) 41 (8) 411_2 (8-81_2) 421_2 (9) 43 (91_2) 431_2 (91_2-10) 451_2 (111_2) 46 (12) Climbing and other related activities are inherently dangerous; anyone purchasing or using equipment for this purpose is personally responsible for getting proper instruction on its correct and safe use.
- Sierra Trading Post
On Sale. Free Shipping. Montrail Method Climbing Shoe (Spring 2008) The Method by Montrail looks radical -- and it doesn't disappoint. The mind-blowing CTX thermo-moldable heel and toe box usher in a new era of custom-fit climbing shoes. Weight: 8 oz./234 g. (size 39) Stick Gryptonite HT for unearthly stick - Stick heel hooks - Stick toe scums - Stick Anywhere Fit Low-volume radical slipper fit CTX in heel cup for custom break-in Leather accommodates foot differences Design Power focal point on big toe Best heel hooking of any slipper Innovative hole in midsole for sensitivity with edge power Animal High performance Bouldering Sport climbing Training Standard setting Rad Trad
Montrail Method CTX Climbing Shoe - UnisexColor Shown:Red"The Method looks radical, like it means business--and it doesn't disappoint. I expected high performance climbing out of them because of the extreme look, but was completely surprised by the comfor
- US Outdoor Store
The Method Rock Shoe by Montrail is a smooth-fitting slipper with an emphasis on sensitivity for everything from boulder problems to multipitch sport routes. Built on the same last as their popular Zealot, the Method places your foot into a good cambered power position with asymmetrical toe focus.