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Gear Guide 2020: Butora Icarus Approach Shoe Review

Our picks for the best gear of 2020.


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The Butora Icarus Approach Shoes. 

The narrow-lasted Butora Icarus combined backcountry toughness with après-climb style, making it the perfect approach shoe for alpine bouldering and alpine approaches mixed with city-time. Our tester talus-hopped in Eldorado, kicked snow steps in the high peaks, and bouldered along a crag base. “The NEO Zone flat climbing surface provided ample edging power,” he said. Meanwhile, the shoes’ stiffness provided reliable support on long approaches, and the suede upper and mesh tongue kept out debris. Plus, the sticky NEO Fuse sole with 360 rand “made a technical/scrambling descent a cinch.” MSRP: $129

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