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La Sportiva TradMaster

As the name implies, the Tradmaster reigns over the crack kingdom.

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LA SPORTIVA TRADMASTER • $110

As the name implies, the Tradmaster reigns over the crack kingdom. Straight lasted, low-topped and stiffer than a slug of homemade Mescal, this shoe will please those climbers looking for a blucher to take them up multi-pitch trad routes. The toe is boxy rather than pointed, but the extra stiffness allows for up sizing. This increases comfort and eliminates the bunched toe knuckles that can impede good ratchets in thin cracks. The Tradmaster is lined with a thin layer of foam, handy for when the going gets wide. The lugs on the bottom of the heel give the shoe some grip on gravelly descents. In fact, the shoe is so comfortable it became a tester’s favorite for all-day and crack use, plus edgy boulder problems where the beefy design also helps cushion landings. lasportivausa.com

BETA: Super comfortable, supportive shoe for multi-pitch and all-day wear. Especially suited for hand-size and beyond cracks.