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Scarpa - Zodiac GTX - Approach shoes tested

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Tim's profile picture
| Wilsenroth

  • Advantages
    Finish
    Good grip
    Stabilizes the foot
    Robust
    Price / performance
    Comfortable
    Waterproof
Daniel's profile picture
| Berlin

  • Advantages
    Waterproof
    Robust
    Stabilizes the foot
Martin 's profile picture
| Kassel

  • Advantages
    Robust
    Stabilizes the foot
    Finish
    Waterproof
    Durable
Bettina's profile picture
| Dortmund

  • Advantages
    Waterproof
    Robust
    Finish
Quentin's profile picture
| Suresnes

  • Advantages
    Good grip
    Robust
    Comfortable
Hanna's profile picture
| Mäyry

  • Advantages
    Comfortable
    Durable
    Waterproof
    Lightweight
    Price / performance
    Robust
    Stabilizes the foot
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| Bonn

  • Advantages
    Price / performance
    Finish
    Robust
    Waterproof
    Good grip
H's profile picture
| Heelsum

  • Advantages
    Finish
    Comfortable
    Price / performance
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| Schillingen

87% have found the reviews
by Oliver helpful

  • Advantages
    Comfortable
    Waterproof
    Good grip
    Durable
    Finish
Christian's profile picture
| Herrischried

  • Advantages
    Finish
    Robust
    Waterproof
    Good grip
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| Baumholder

14% have found the reviews
by Dr. Frank helpful

Thomas's profile picture
| Wettenberg

9% have found the reviews
by Thomas helpful

  • Advantages
    Good grip
    Comfortable
    Robust
    Finish
    Waterproof
Frank's profile picture
| Landau

90% have found the reviews
by Frank helpful

  • Advantages
    Stabilizes the foot
    Durable
    Lightweight
    Waterproof
    Good grip
    Robust
    Finish
Luc's profile picture
| MONTGIROD

  • Advantages
    Lightweight
    Comfortable
    Breathable
    Stabilizes the foot
    Good grip
    Robust
    Finish
Tobias's profile picture
| Königheim

33% have found the reviews
by Tobias helpful

  • Advantages
    Stabilizes the foot
    Good grip
    Waterproof
Jörg's profile picture
| Dresden

  • Advantages
    Stabilizes the foot
    Comfortable
    Waterproof
    Robust
    Finish
Eva's profile picture
| Bremen

66% have found the reviews
by Eva helpful

  • Advantages
    Comfortable
    Robust
    Finish
    Stabilizes the foot
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| BArcelona

  • Advantages
    Breathable
    Durable
    Waterproof
    Price / performance
    Comfortable
    Good grip
  • Disadvantages
    Too stiff
Elisabeth's profile picture
| St. Gerold

  • Advantages
    Stabilizes the foot
    Robust
    Lightweight
    Waterproof
    Good grip
  • Disadvantages
    Too stiff
Holger 's profile picture
| Nürtingen

  • Advantages
    Stabilizes the foot
    Waterproof
    Durable
    Comfortable
    Robust
    Good grip
    Finish
Uwe's profile picture
| Bad Münder

  • Advantages
    Finish
    Waterproof
    Robust
    Stabilizes the foot
    Good grip
    Lightweight
Stefan's profile picture
| Konstanz

68% have found the reviews
by Stefan helpful

  • Advantages
    Finish
    Price / performance
    Stabilizes the foot
    Comfortable
    Robust
    Waterproof

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Sure footing on the rocks with sturdy approach shoes

Approach Shoes

Approach shoes are robust and sturdy half-shoes used by climbers to make their way through rough terrain towards the climbing wall. Since you usually spend more time trying to reach the wall than you do climbing it, all climbers should include comfortable and sturdy approach shoes in their gear.

Sure footing on gravel, grass and asphalt - what can be expected from good approach shoes?

The requirements for approach shoes are as varied as the terrain they have to cover on their way to the rock. So high-quality soles are crucial. The sole should be grippy and should protect the foot from hard, uneven ground. Alpine meadows, hiking trails and difficult terrain should be no problem at all for a good sole. As we said, approaching the climbing wall can be a struggle. Therefore, approach shoes must always fit perfectly and be comfortable to wear. No one wants to reach the rock with blisters on their feet.

Weatherproof approach shoes

Of course, weather protection is essential as well, which is why approach shoes should be water-repellent. This allows your feet to stay nice and dry in light rain showers and damp meadows. When things get rough and your feet start to sweat, breathable membranes allow moisture to escape from inside the shoes. Once you get to the rock the real fun can start! Since most approach shoes are relatively light, you can easily stow them away in a backpack and swap them with your climbing shoes. Shoes with tabs on their heels can easily be clipped onto a carabiner hook. This keeps them out of the way.

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