Review by: manacubus, 2004-06-03
I've been wearing the Wings for five months. Initially, I thought I'd only use them indoor and occasionally out bouldering, but once I started wearing them, I've only rarely put on another shoe.
They're a good shoe for someone wanting to move away from a traditional, symmetrical shoe (like a LaSportiva Mythos) into something with a little more focus on the big toe for edging and pulling power. I'm really appreciating how they fit my foot, and because they're so sensitive, they perform very well on smearing and delicate footwork.
Like most slippers, they don't excel at heelhooking, but the high velcro closure helps to keep the shoe tight on your foot. So far I've worn them bouldering to V6, sport climbing to 28 (5.12d), and even done some soloing and new routing in them. Bottom line, I was sceptical at first, but they're very sensitive shoes and for that reason, I really like them.
- I wouldn't use them for extended crack climbing.
- They stretch a full European size (i.e. 39 to 40) within a few months of hard use, so size them small.