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28 oz per pair; men’s and women’s versions.
“These rugged approach shoes afforded significant support,” our tester said. The Velour leather upper took a few days to break in, but as the leather became more supple, the shoe fit better on our tester’s wide foot. Meanwhile, a Gore-Tex membrane kept our tester’s feet dry during sudden spring rains in the Flatirons.
“These shoes shined on the approach,” said our tester, who hiked on the slabby terrain of Eldorado Canyon and the Flatirons. A rubber toe cap added reliable friction and kept our tester from stubbing his toe on loose talus. The shoes’ stiffness, which gives it a low-cut-boot feel, allowed for solid support on scree and talus.
Our tester found that the Gripex Sticky Rubber adhered to the rock well. For technical edging, the shoe’s stiffness helped. However, smearing and crack climbing in the Wall Guide Low GTX became a bit more difficult. “While I’d choose a softer shoe for more technical climbing, the Guide Low excelled on big footholds/scrambling terrain,” our tester said.