Unless you are operating in the higher grades, the key to choosing a rock shoe is comfort, followed by durability. Whilst rock shoes should be snug, with no extra space, learning to climb is very difficult with sore toes so size your shoes accordingly. The Crest LU has a board last, which provides good support for the toes and doesn’t have an aggressive curved shape, this is ideal for people who have just taken up climbing as their feet are not as strong. It wins on durability too thanks to lavish helpings of tough Grippin’ Dura Rubber. There is lots of rubber underfoot and around the toe area, which does reduce sensitivity but will increase the longevity of a shoe designed for novice climbers, who are more likely to drag their toes. A great entry-level shoe.
Review by Lucy Wallace @