Iconic rock climbing shoes

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There are reasons why old products with outdated technology and design are frequently phased out. Rock climbing shoes are no different as old models are replaced by new improved versions. However, some products are so good and much loved that they remain the same for decades.

It is always tempting to try new models when your beloved climbing shoes had worn out. But if you are a true fan of the product you will always go back to the classics.

Five Ten Anasazi VCS

Classic Anazasi VCS

After Five Ten was acquired by Adidas back in 2011. Five Ten had introduced many new models. However, to this day the original Anazasi VCS is still in production and stays true to its original design.

One of the earlier Five Ten climbing shoe models. Anasazi VCS had been around for over 2 decades. It is one of those shoes that had been worn by climbers since the 90s. No major alteration had been made except for some minor superficial design change, along with different color variations. There is a reason why not many changes were made to the Anasazi model. Because it was very good then and it still is. A design that had been tried and tested by generations of climbers can’t be wrong. It is a great all-around shoe with a simple old school design. One of the more durable climbing shoes in the market.

Evolution of the Anazasi VCS

Anazasi Pro

A new improved version of the original Anazasi VCS model was introduced. The new Anazasi Pro has all the key features of the original with some added touches to improve on the functionalities.

Left – Anazasi VCS | Right – Anazasi Pro

La Sportiva Miura Lace

La Sportiva Miura Lace

One of the earliest models by La Sportiva. The Miura Lace model had been worn by some of the world’s top climbers on some of the sickest projects. Miura Lace had been around for over 20 years, the core design had remained the same with only minor alterations made. Iconic design and truly a classic of La Sportiva’s collection.

Celebrating Miura 20 years

La Sportiva Miura XX

To celebrate the classic Miura Lace 20th anniversary in 2016 La Sportive and Adam Ondra came together to work on the iconic Miura Lace. The Miura XX was launched in 2016 and Adam Ondra put his name on the product.

Adam Ondra’s stamp of approval

The new Miura XX stays true to the original classic, the design remains intact with only subtle changes to improve the overall performance.

Battle of the classics – Verdict

I had worn both the Anazasi VCS and La Sportiva Miura Lace. I had been wearing Anazasi VCS since 2007 and had worn out 4 pairs. Each pair of Anazasi VCS last me anywhere between 1 to 2 years. I have no intention to change to any other shoes but was tempted to try out Miura Lace after many climbers swear by it. So I bought one. I liked it a lot it is a highly versatile shoe, but it lasted for less than a year. So durability wise Anazasi VCS wins hands down.

If I was to recommend between the 2 iconic climbing shoes I’ll say buy both. As I’ll always have 2 pairs of shoes one a Velcro and another lace. You can’t go wrong with owning either one.

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