Lock ‘Em and Rock ‘Em - Climbing Magazine

Lock ‘Em and Rock ‘Em




How does the saying go — “Build a better mousetrap, and they will come” . . . ? Well, the new VASQUE EQUALIZER ($115, vasque.com) builds that mousetrap, thanks to an innovative “dual zone” closure system that locks your foot in place on approaches. You batten the hatches on these lightweight (2lbs 1oz/pair) shoes by tugging down a cord to cinch the forefoot, and then pulling a strap to tighten the upperfoot and ankle areas. With practice, I dialed fit in half the time of a traditional lacing system — seeick! Other notable features include: a burly suede and SuperFabric upper with Airmesh Nylon ventilation, a dual-density EVA footbed, and a Vibram Spider outsole with GM 100 sticky rubber. —Justin Roth