Mammut Hueco Low LTH Approach Shoes
If you’ve only experienced the convenience of climbing in a gym, prepare to put in some work when you hit real rock. The majority of outdoor climbs require an approach (basically a hike) that can be anywhere from 15 minutes to upwards of six hours (that’s how long it takes to hike to the base of Half Dome). Often these approaches aren’t on paved trails and can require some aggressive scrambling—so your running shoes aren’t going to cut it. Approach shoes are essentially a hybrid between hiking boots and climbing shoes. Mammut’s signature line of Hueco approach shoes are more lightweight than hiking boots, but stiffer and more durable than sneakers. They have a treaded sole made from Michelin rubber (yes, the tire company) that’s thin, responsive, and really grabs slippery surfaces.
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