2017 Approach Shoe Review: Boreal Sendai Vent

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The Boreal Sendai Vent approach shoe.

The Boreal Sendai Vent approach shoe.

Weight

26 oz per pair; unisex.

Comfort

The Sendai Vent carries itself well, with good flex and interior comfort thanks to its slip-lasting (think: trail-running shoe), but also, noted our tester, “plenty of support like a boot.” He liked the breathable synthetic uppers, which were great for cooling his feet on long, warm days in Eldorado Canyon.

Approach 

Our tester felt that the Sendai Vent, with its stable, burly construction, was ideal for long treks and kicking steps in soft snow for moderate snow travel. “Great for long approaches and snow terrain with sections of rock,” he said—e.g., the Diamond on Longs Peak or Mt. Sill.

Scrambling/Climbing 

The Sendai Vent was an edging beast, and cranked on 3rd- and 4th-class terrain. Our tester lauded the lugged Vibram Password sole, with Megagrip rubber and a flat climbing zone, as especially sticky on techy rock terrain. Smearing and cracks.

$129, borealoutdoor.com

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