The Butora Acro is a comfortable, all-around well performer. Its main features highlight bouldering: a tight, secure heel and a large swath or rubber covering the toes. Its biggest downfall is a powerpoint that is too centrally located, making reachy edges hard to stick. The shoe fell right in the middle of the test group in regards to aggressiveness and stiffness.
EDGING The Acro has great edging capabilities with adequate stiffness to support the foot. The powerpoint, while effective, is located near the middle of the toe box. This made it difficult to stick far away edges without awkwardly turning out the heel.
SMEARING Despite its relative stiffness, the Acro remains flexible when smearing. Its aggressive toe succumbs to slabs, and doesn’t get in the way when jammed into cracks.
HEEL/TOE HOOKING Lots of rubber is slathered under the heel and over the toes, allowing the Acro to really shine. Toe hooking is incredibly effective thanks to a huge, perforated patch of rubber covering the top of the toes. Heel hooks have a good mix of comfort and sensitivity.
RUBBER The Acro’s rubber is passable, giving sufficient grip in all but the most polished surfaces. This shoe has rubber in every spot you could potentially need, making it quite versatile.
COMFORT/FIT This shoe has an incredible fit with no dead space and a wide opening provides easy entry. It is comfortable to climb in, even while cammed in a crack. Despite a claimed “wide fit”, toes still feel cramped in the toe box. The single strap’s Velcro switches from male to female right in the essential tightening zone, making it tougher to get precise tension. This shoe fit snugly at our tester’s normal climbing shoe size.
Mike Summers is an avid hiker, cyclist, climber, and outdoor enthusiast. While exploring America’s best outdoor spaces, Mike has developed an intimate relationship with his gear systems, allowing him to stay safe and comfortable in an otherwise forbidding environment. When he’s not exploring, you can find him sharing insights and chronicling his journeys at improbablebutpossible.com.