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Saltic Shiwa

Help! I didn't understand this shoe. Down-to-the-toe laces, stout rands and a blunt toe box are features I'd praise on a long-route shoe.

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Saltic Shiwa, $110

Steep rock: 2 Star
Face climbing: 2 Star
Long routes: 2 Star
Upper: Leather lined
Rubber: 3.5mm Extasy

Help! I didn’t understand this shoe. Down-to-the-toe laces, stout rands and a blunt toe box are features I’d praise on a long-route shoe. The high arch, powerful slingshot heel, and supple, unlined leather upper are features I’d look for in a face-climbing or steep-rock shoe. On the rock, it climbs like a Ford Taurus, nothing special … but it will get the job done.

+ Unique combination of features.

– Enigmatic.