Tenaya Ra


“I’m in love,” said our longtime shoe tester of the Tenaya Ra ($140; trango.com). “I’ve worn them on everything from slab to dead-vertical to slightly overhanging to roofs, and they perform perfectly everywhere.” Whether you’re running a few dozen endurance laps or trying to redpoint your hardest boulder problem in the gym, you’ll find high-performance edging, hooking, and smearing. The vacuum-sealed fit had our testers confident on pockets, edges, and the polished limestone nubs of Rifle, Colorado, as well as the almost-horizontal cave at the gym. But you won’t have to sacrifice comfort, as they feel good on your foot right out of the box. They’re built to last, too: Five months of testing on rock and plastic have shown no major signs of wear on the fully lined synthetic uppers and the 4mm Vibram XS Grip sticky rubber soles. Two Velcro straps make the constant on and off in the gym a breeze.