Acopa Aztec, $89
- Steep rock: 2.5 Star
- Face climbing: 3 Star
- Long routes: 3.5 Star
- Upper: Leather Unlined
- Rubber: 4.2mm Acopa RS rubber
This competitively priced shoe is a smart choice for beginner and intermediate climbers, or anyone looking for an all-around model that will do anything pretty darn well. Its medium-stiff midsole provides a solid edging platform. Yet the forefoot retains enough flexibility to paste on smears and the unlined leather uppers give decent sensitivity. Full rands boost crack-climbing performance and reduce stretch. On long routes you'll appreciate its comfortable padded tongue and a wedge of EVA foam that cushions the heel during hikes and descents. Hobbits (i.e. testers with broad feet) liked this shoe. Elves with pointy feet found the toe box too wide and its toe point too centered.
+Good all-arounder; suits wider feet.
- Conservative last limits high-end performance.