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Mammut Goblin

This is Mammut's best shoe to date, and by miles. I rank it alongside any top-shelf steep-rock, sport or bouldering model.

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MAMMUT GOBLIN $129
Mammut.ch

5 Stars

This is Mammut’s best shoe to date, and by miles. I rank it alongside any top-shelf steep-rock, sport or bouldering model. The synthetic-leather, Czech-made Goblin has a powerful toe that can milk micro dinks, and has a stable inside and outside edge that works great on vertical chips. Underfoot, the Goblin feels medium-stiff. A two-piece sole places a pad of Vibram rubber under the forefoot, and a ribbed swath extends up the heel. The ribs are trendy, but I didn’t find them functional. A large entry, Velcro straps and double-heel tabs let you in and out of the shoes without any fuss.

FIT: These shoes run very small; I wore a full size larger than usual.

—DR