Nike Air Teewinot II
Materials: sticky rubber soles, leather/mesh upper
Use: approaches, around town
Break-in Period: minimal
Price Paid: $55 on sale
A very nice approach shoe from the folks at Nike. They are relatively ligthweight, have nice sticky soles, are very comfortable and seem like good value for money. Frankly I've been a bit put off lately by some of the 'climbing shoe' companies asking upwards of $100 for a pair of approach shoes; then, running into quality problems with them!
To get a comfortable fit, I went up half a size with mine. They are super comfortable now; but, maybe a bit loose for serious climbing. So, for me, I'll use these more for approach hikes and kicking around in than I will for actual 5th class climbing. I've played around a little bit with these -- doing some easy bouldering -- and they aren't bad. Definitely not as good as my old guide tennies for actual climbing. But, my guide tennies aren't very good for the long hike in...
Teewinots offer a double lace system that lets you cinch down the toe area separately from the rest of the foot. It's kind of an interesting idea, but I didn't find it to be a big deal in actual usage.
Overall, a very nice shoe for getting you to the cliff, easy scrambling and kicking around.
Price Paid: $40 outlet
I have never had a better all-weather approach shoe then that of the Nike Teewinot II. Price vs. Proformance no other shoe comes close. In fact I only stumbled on this web site review looking for another low price pair of these great shoes.
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Nike's highly breathable and lightweight trail shoe is ideal for running, hiking, scrambling, bouldering and more. Unlike other Nike designs that feature a toggle lace adjustment above the heel, the Air Teewinot II keeps the toggle up front above the tongue, making it easier to visually monitor your custom fitting progress on the trail or at the trailhead. An encapsulated Air-Sole unit in the Phylon midsole helps cushion the back of your foot on long hard descents. Sticky rubber Vibram optimizes grip and minimizes slip on smooth igneous faces and other unyielding places. If you like to do a variety of trail activities but you can't afford a shoe for every type of adventure, the Air Teewinot II is your all-in-one solution. Breathable and lightweight upper consisting of textile and suede leather Toggle forefoot lace at tongue instead of heel Encapsulated Air-Sole heel unit inside full-length Phylon midsole Internal midsole shank enhances torsional rigidity Multi-directional lug pattern along outsole Sticky rubber Vibram along entire length of sole
- Altrec Outdoors