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Object Title: Cliff

Manufacturer: La Sportiva

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Page By: Misha

Created/Edited: Dec 14, 2003 / Dec 14, 2003

Object ID: 934

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Versatility by design, whether you're smearing on a nubbin or jamming towards an overhang, Cliff Rock gives all-day comfort and rock solid value.
  • Slip lasted construction and a generous toe box provide all-day comfort
  • Unlined suede leather breathes; lace to the toe for an adjustable fit
  • The Vibram XSV® rand and sole offer a good balance of tackiness and durability; rand extends well up the heel for solid hooking

    Runs about 1/2-size large and will stretch a bit when broken in.

  • Reviews

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    MishaUntitled Review

    Voted 2/5

    Maybe a got a bad pair, but the sole in front of the shoe started to tear off almost immediately after I bought them. They were pretty comfortable, but I cannot imagine why a good quality product would rip during its first use. Needless to say, I returned them right away.
    Posted Dec 15, 2003 12:59 am

    kovarpaUntitled Review

    Voted 4/5

    Above all, very comfortable shoes - they are wider than Mythos, i.e. work for my wider feet. The rubber is nothing much.
    Posted Oct 23, 2005 1:56 pm

    horalkaUntitled Review

    Voted 4/5

    These were my first climbing shoes. Good for the price and very comfortable for a beginner. I climbed with them outside a lot as well. They stayed good for about a year and so I got them resoled to have a comfortable shoe. After that I did not wear them anymore. The resoling kind of pinched them in the toes area and I didn’t have the patients to try to break them again. I don’t think I will ever buy this model anymore, but definitely recommend for someone who is new to climbing and would like to do different kinds of climbing on different kinds of rock.
    Posted Jan 23, 2006 4:36 pm


    Voted 4/5

    Great comfortable shoe, can be worn for hours without discomfort. While my friends are taking their shoes off to belay, I keep these on. These would be a great shoe for long routes. For really slabby routes I do lose a little footing occassionaly though, possibly because they are so comfortable they aren't transfering my weight to my toes as well.
    Posted Jan 23, 2007 10:40 pm

    camerona91Decent beginner shoe

    Voted 3/5

    I really liked mine at first. They broke into my feet really well. The construction has held up well. They are really good for slabby and less than vertical climbing outside. I find the toe is not sensitive at all and is a bit bulky. They edge pretty badly. The support is pretty good. The dye seems to leak a bit and stain my feet. The rubber has not delaminated at all and they are very comfortable (for climbing shoes). A beginner shoe, but anyone who plans to climb much will probably want a more precise shoe within 4 months. I think the Mythos from La Sportiva is a bet choice as an all around shoe for not much more cost.
    Posted Feb 20, 2007 7:30 pm

    Tie-Dye MikeThis Beginner's first shoe

    Voted 4/5

    Got these from the a local shop who recommended it as a beginners shoe. Mine have held up well so far, and have gone outside, and lots of time on climbing walls. Since I solo, and boulder, I have had little problems with these shoes, just now need to get a more aggressive shoe, because the bulky toe is tougher to get in smaller cracks. And as far as the dye is concerned, I have the same problem, I always end up with blue feet when I'm done, but I give it props for a first shoe.
    Posted May 22, 2007 2:17 pm

    EverydayExplorerFirst Pair

    Voted 4/5

    These are a great pair of generalist shoes. The toe box is big enough to be comfortable all day which is nice on multipitch routes. For the price they are great. I picked up mine for 60.
    Posted Sep 18, 2007 5:08 pm


    Voted 4/5

    So far this is the only model I have found that actually fits my feet. I did a lot of comparison shopping when my first pair started to delaminate after several years, wound up getting another pair of the same. The purple foot stains diminish over time but never entirely disappear.
    As I try harder routes the wider toe does seem to be a drawback in some situations (eg, narrow cracks) but I've still got a ways to go before I can start blaming my shoes for my lack of ability, and a good fit is priceless.

    Update: the new pair of Cliffs didn't last very long: the soles wore through completely at the toes and at the inside edge of the balls. I've moved on to a more agressive, less comfortable shoe, though I'm not completely convinced that was the right move. I still often use my Cliffs at the gym (to save wear on my new shoes), and the comfort is so much better that I don't even mind the worn-out soles unless the route has specific moves requiring rubber in those exact spots.
    Posted Sep 21, 2007 3:33 pm

    Bill KerrGood Multipurpose shoe

    Voted 5/5

    Good multipurpose shoe which fits wider feet. Use mine on alpine routes and they are comfortable all day and climb edges and friction reasonably well. Good value.
    Posted Aug 14, 2008 12:36 pm

    redcell6613My favorite

    Hasn't voted

    What can I say .....these things are my favorite.... I bought spares because they are so comfortable and becoming hard to find for purchase. Only drawback is that after my primary pair (8 years old) still in use......leave my feet blue without fail.
    Super shoe though.
    Posted Apr 18, 2010 4:40 pm

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