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Montrail Smoothy

With a dove-gray synthetic upper and translucent gel-like flashing, the Smoothy is an eye-catching shoe.

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Montrail Smoothy, $105

  • Steep rock: 1.5 Star
  • Face climbing: 4 Star
  • Long routes: 2.5 Star
  • Upper: Synthetic, lined
  • Rubber: 4mm Gryptonite

With a dove-gray synthetic upper and translucent gel-like flashing, the Smoothy is an eye-catching shoe. This stiff, sporty lace-up has phenomenal edging power, but suffers from lined, non-stretch, unyielding synthetic uppers. I kept thinking, “This shoe will be awesome when I break it in!” Three weeks later I was still trying to break it in.

+ Outstanding edging shoe.

– 5.15 to break in.