CaVa Forza, $100
- Steep rock: 3 Star
- Face climbing: 4 Star
- Long routes: 3.5 Star
- Upper: Leather, unlined
- Rubber: 4.2mm Stealth Black Magic
Climbing in the Forza was like meeting an old friend. With its lilac-navy colors and soft, supple leather upper, this shoe resembles Boreal's sadly discontinued Vector. The Forza won praise from our testers for its all-around performance. This is a shoe that really can climb anything, and be comfortable to boot. The cambered last is powerful enough for technical climbing. Yet the supple leather upper and fit are forgiving enough to wear on long routes. I'd recommend the Forza to anyone looking for a solid shoe for myriad types of climbing.
+ Good value. Excellent all-around shoe.
- The leather uppers will str-e-tch, so don't over-size.