Ratings Overview - Approach Shoes

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La Sportiva TX2
The La Sportiva TX2 is the best approach shoe we've ever put on! Stop reading and go buy these right now! Or keep reading to find out if these lightweight, comfortable shoes that climb and hike...  read more >
$130

Editors' Choice Award
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91
Climbing Ability - 9 of 10
9
Hiking Comfort - 10 of 10
10
Support - 8 of 10
8
Weight/Compactness - 9 of 10
9
La Sportiva TX4
The La Sportiva TX4 takes home this season's Top Pick for Heavy Loads and Big Walls. While it doesn't climb as well as the Five Ten Guide Tennie and weighs more than the Evolv Cruzer Psyche, this...  read more >
$140

Top Pick Award
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83
Climbing Ability - 8 of 10
8
Hiking Comfort - 9 of 10
9
Support - 9 of 10
9
Weight/Compactness - 7 of 10
7
Five Ten Guide Tennie
The Five Ten Guide Tennie gets our Top Pick For Climbing. This product started the approach shoe category 30 years ago, and the small changes over the years have refined its all-around performance...  read more >
$120

Top Pick Award
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79
Climbing Ability - 10 of 10
10
Hiking Comfort - 7 of 10
7
Support - 8 of 10
8
Weight/Compactness - 5 of 10
5
La Sportiva Boulder X 2017
La Sportiva Boulder X
The La Sportiva Boulder X wins our Best Buy Award, delivering the most bang for your buck. Durable and supportive for rough scrambling, it still climbs well on technical rock. The Vibram Idro-Grip...  read more >
$120

Best Buy Award
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77
Climbing Ability - 9 of 10
9
Hiking Comfort - 7 of 10
7
Support - 10 of 10
10
Weight/Compactness - 4 of 10
4
Arc'teryx Acrux SL
Known for high quality and attention to detail, Arc'teryx is like the Lexus of outdoor clothing, and the Acrux SL is like a sleek Lexus SUV, well made, but lacking the four-wheel drive. These...  read more >
$170

Top Pick Award
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76
Climbing Ability - 8 of 10
8
Hiking Comfort - 7 of 10
7
Support - 6 of 10
6
Weight/Compactness - 9 of 10
9
Evolv Cruzer Psyche
The Evolv Cruzer Psyche is one of the best climbers due to its balance of support and snug-fitting sensitivity, while still looking slick enough that we'd wear straight from the crag to the bar...  read more >
$79

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72
Climbing Ability - 9 of 10
9
Hiking Comfort - 4 of 10
4
Support - 5 of 10
5
Weight/Compactness - 10 of 10
10
Scarpa Gecko
The Scarpa Gecko is a good, versatile approach shoe. If your foot is on the narrow side, it hikes and climbs well, but not quite as well as our Editors' Choice award-winner, the La Sportiva TX4. The...  read more >
$180

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Climbing Ability - 7 of 10
7
Hiking Comfort - 7 of 10
7
Support - 7 of 10
7
Weight/Compactness - 6 of 10
6
Five Ten Access
The Five Ten Access is genuinely unique to the approach shoe line-up. It feels more like a casual athletic shoe than a stiff approach shoe designed for jamming cracks and standing in aiders all day...  read more >
$140

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Climbing Ability - 6 of 10
6
Hiking Comfort - 9 of 10
9
Support - 6 of 10
6
Weight/Compactness - 4 of 10
4
Salewa Firetail 3
The Salewa Firetail 3 is a wide fitting, comfortable hiking shoe, with sticky rubber and a durable upper. Our testers enjoyed wearing this shoe while lugging packs full of cams all over Indian...  read more >
$139

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Climbing Ability - 5 of 10
5
Hiking Comfort - 8 of 10
8
Support - 7 of 10
7
Weight/Compactness - 6 of 10
6
Evolv Zender
The Evolv Zender is a more supportive iteration of the favorite Cruzer line. Built on Evolv's trail-runner last with an all-leather upper, these shoes a more durable and supportive than their...  read more >
$99

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Climbing Ability - 8 of 10
8
Hiking Comfort - 4 of 10
4
Support - 6 of 10
6
Weight/Compactness - 6 of 10
6
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Total 10 products tested