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Red Chili Sausalito

RED CHILI SAUSALITO 2 $89Redchili.de3 StarsThe lace-up Sausalito was the stiffest shoe I tested and, not surprisingly, excelled at edging. The low-top...

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RED CHILI SAUSALITO 2 $89

3 Stars

The lace-up Sausalito was the stiffest shoe I tested and, not surprisingly, excelled at edging. The low-top provided for excellent mobility and ameliorated some of problems that generally hex a super-stiff boot. On low-angle smears, for example, I could radically drop the heel to get more of the Red Chili rubber (some of the stickiest stuff I tested) onto the rock. The fully lined, all leather Sausalito was obviously made to last. Though the applications were limited by the stiff mid-sole, the Sausalito is an excellent choice for high-angle face climbers, people who experience foot fatigue with soft shoes and those who want an all-day, all-around multi-pitch shoe.

FIT:I found that a 42.5 (U.S. 9.5) fit my size 11 U.S. foot the best. I have a very narrow foot, but I could size the Sausalito with my toes almost completely un-knuckled and there was still plenty of room left to tighten down the laces. This shoe is a good choice for people with narrow feet.

—JJ