Price Paid: $65
This shoe is sticky. It makes a terrible climber like me stay on the wall long enough to grab the next hold. I wouldn't call them comfortable because no climbing shoe is, but it's great for short sport and gym workouts.
Break-in Period: forever
Price Paid: $45
It's taken me about 6 months to properly break in this shoe. I purchased it a half size smaller than my normal climbing shoes, and although now it's fine, these shoes literally brought tears to my eyes on an easy sport route. I always brought backups to the gym, and wore these on a problem or two before changing into more comfortable shoes. Then one day, low and behold, they became the Best Climbing Shoes!!!
The shoes finally molded to my foot, I developed the proper upper toe calluses, and learned to really power moves with the big toe. I now love these shoes, but they are still difficult to get on and off, and must be removed now and again between problems to avoid the dreaded arch cramp.
Price Paid: $30
I got it for real cheap through some European company, but I love this shoe. You do have to wear it A LOT to get it somewhat confortable. The smearing on this shoe is amazing. The heel is sick for heel hooks and the shoe focuses your power to the smallets spots on your feet.
The negatives.... the shoe does come apart after a while if you are an advid climber. I climbing on it 6-7 times a week and the rubber in the front is de-laminating. I have added some super glue, haha, for time being and it helps. I am just doing this to hold me over a month until I buy a new pair.
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Focus your foot power on either indoor or outdoor routes with Montrail's super precise Zealot slipper. Your foot will be kept comfortable by the interior, snug fitting slipper that hugs your foot with stretch nylon mesh while you make your way through technical moves with the sculpted Gryptonite rubber heel pocket.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version
The Montrail Zealot Climbing Shoe uses a combination of stretch mesh and synthetic leather to hug your foot like a glove and give you a feel one step from bare feet. Of course, your bare feet don't have Gryptonite rubber to keep you on those tiny crystals, so maybe you should stick with these shoes. Two straps let you in and out in seconds, so you can pull on the Zealot shoe and send as soon as the moment feels right. Montrail also added cotton canvas lining to keep stretch to a minimum, so you don't have to spend a month breaking in these shoes like you did with your last pair.
- Backcountry Outlet
On Sale. Free Shipping. Montrail Zealot Climbing Shoe - Vegan (Spring 2008) The Zealot by Montrail is a hybrid between a powerful edging shoe and a sensitive slipper for monkeying around on steep terrain. The slightly cambered design of the last emphasizes the power of the big toe, while the synthetic upper ensures performance for the life. Weight: 7 oz./213 g. (size 39) Stick Gryptonite GC for durability - Sticks to polished slopers and micro edges - Highly sensitive Fit Wear with toes flat Elastic mesh puts power on toe in comfortable position Snug heel cup Design Low-profile toe for jamming Pointed for pockets 1mm edging midsole Velcro adjusts for power edging Animal Bouldering Footwork problems Thin crack jamming Sport climbing Standard setting Rad trad
- Moosejaw refers to the unisex version
If you spend time memorizing the moves on your latest project, whether it is at the crag, the boulder, or the gym, then the Zealot is your shoe. The Zealot is a high-performance synthetic Velcro brand fasteners slipper. It is built on a super precise, cambered last to focus your foot power right to the spot where the rubber meets the rock. To maximize its precision, there is a 1.0 mm molded nylon midsole for excellent edging power and control. The Zealot is really two slippers in one: first, it is a sock-like slipper that hugs your foot with a breathable, stretch nylon mesh, then there is an external harness made from a rubberized synthetic which closes with two opposing Velcro brand fasteners straps to securely lock your foot into the lined, synthetic Nubuck upper. The heel is made from multiple layers of Gryptonite™ rubber to create a secure, sculpted heel pocket that is vicious for heel hooking.Features:Features:Gryptonite™ Rock Shoe IntegraFit Technical
- US Outdoor Store refers to the unisex version