Review: Red Chili Amp Climbing Shoes

By Drew Higgins ,

Shoe Profile

Moderate.

Performance

Slightly downturned and rigid, the Amps send on vertical to moderately overhanging terrain. Unlike most slippers, “You can heel hook without worrying about losing a shoe. Two thumbs up!”

Fit

“It’s not easy to pull on the Amps. But once you do they suction themselves around your foot like a second skin.” A synthetic upper and rubber toe cap minimize stretching. Size comfortably (aka up) for crack climbing.

Stiffness

Not your typical soft and flimsy slipper thanks to a three-quarter length midsole and an overall flatter profile, including a spread-out toebox. Slingshot rubber in the heel drives the foot forward for precise edging.

Conclusion

They’re the “sweet spot” between an aggressive shoe’s performance and a slipper’s comfort. A powerful, technical slipper that lets you stand on small edges and pockets for a long time with help from a stiff, rubber-wrapped toe.

$129; camp-usa.com

Further reading
Review: Our Top New Climbing Shoes for 2016

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