The Permanent Power Platform P3™ is a patented construction system maintaining the downturn shape of the climbing shoe for a longer period of time.
The patented No-Edge™ concept lessens the amount of rubber between the toes and the rock leading to a better sensitivity. The surface area in contact with the rock is hereby increased and supports the exertion of homogeneous pressure.
Zero-Press Construction ™
Specialized construction to eliminate pressure points on the foot preventing potential damages during growth.
Slippers are very easy to put on, but they might come off just as quick when you don't place the hook perfectly. After all these shoes are usually more supple and less stiff so they require a higher level of technique to work with. These qualities make them a good choice for training shoes since they are good for gaining feet strength and clean foot placement. With nothing to adjust slippers can only adapt to your foot via the used materials making them harder to fit but also less expensive in production.
Nowadays also a mixture of synthetic and leather uppers is used on a single shoe. The different parts can be easily spotted so that you know where the shoe might still stretch.
Toe Pad small
Small toe pads offer some protection to the forefoot. This makes climbing and toe jamming in cracks a lot more comfortable and increases the durability of the shoe. This also comes in handy when getting more into climbs where toe hooking or jamming is needed.
Lined suede will stretch only around half a size, depending on the sizing even a little more. While the lining adds to keeping the shape of the shoe and providing a tiny bit more comfort, it also adds material between your foot and the rock. This leads to slightly less precision and potentially the development of an odor over time.
Some shoes also come with partial lining e.g. in the toe box only to reduce the stretch selectively. The advantage compared to fully lined suede might be costs and still better breathability and comfort in the rest of the shoe.
Moderately downturned shoes are the best choice when looking for an allrounder combining both comfort and performance. The slightly arched profile generates more force into the toe section as well as the heel supporting better edging and heel hooking. These shoes are best worn for climbs ranging from a vertical face to slightly overhanging routes.
The higher the level of asymmetry the more pressure is generated towards the tip of the shoe but at the same time forces your foot into a more bend position. This design sacrifices comfort and support for more precision on small footholds.
Toe Angle medium
You can easily compare this to the different grips you are using for climbing holds: the lower the angle the more surface area you can connect and the more friction you can create. Think of gripping a sloper with the full hand, compared to smearing a big part of the sole onto the wall.
This also holds true for smaller features where you crimp up your fingers with a higher angle to create more stability in the grip. Now think of high angled toes within the shoe giving you the ability to stand on really small footholds.
The more tension is provided the more stability you have within the shoe. This increases the ability to put more pressure onto smaller footholds and keeps your foot in place while toe and heel hooking. A shoe with less pre-tension offers more comfort throughout the day and feels more natural for beginner climbers.
How much pre-tension a shoe offers can often be seen at the angle of the heelband towards the sole. Higher tension can also be created with the use of a stronger rubber. This might be indicated e.g. with dots at the back of the shoe.
Last PD 75
Foot Width average Foot Volume high Foot Shape universal Heel Cup wide
Sole Vibram® XS Grip 2™ Rubber supersoft
Supersoft rubbers offers immense friction to the shoe. These excel on volumes and big holds, which can be often found indoors. They completely lack support, but will provide you with good comfort and adaptability to your foot.
Sole Thickness 3mm Midsole none Midsole Type none
If and where the midsole is placed plays a major role in the support and sturdiness of the climbing shoe. It creates a platform where you can place your foot on and distribute the pressure from the point of contact to a bigger surface.
Most commonly the midsole starts in the toe box and might be as small as just an insert to support the toes up to a layer of fabric for the whole length of the shoe. Whereas it increases support it also logically lowers the flexibility at the same time making it harder to bend the shoe for smearing. This additional fabric also adds a thin layer between your foot and the rock reducing the ability to feel smaller features.
Tension System P3-System® w/ Slingshot Heel Cup Sensitivity medium
Weight 400g List Price € 99€ List Price $ 130$
What does the manufacturer say? - La Sportiva
Climbing shoe with No-Edge® technology particularly suitable to enhance sensitivity on holds; it is designed for lightweight climbers and is fully customizable in aesthetics through the markers included. Each structural element is designed not to impede the growth of the foot while avoiding excessive pressure points, so the fit is very soft and comfortable and that's why the footwear is suitable for extended use. Maverink supports climbing the instinctive movements of young climber and is the ideal gateway to the No-Edge Technology (no sharp edges) thanks to its “comfort” fit that is never too tight. Maverink: creativity in command.
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Which size fits?
We recommend for your profile to pick this shoe around -1.5 sizes smaller than your Street Shoe Size.