Stink-Free Climbing Shoes

Stink-Free Climbing Shoes

After a few sweaty summer weeks at the gym and crag, your climbing shoes can smell awful. Normally, this smell just blends in with the smell of climbers, and everyone stays happy. But this spring, La Sportiva will throw a wrinkle into the waftiness by unveiling three new machine-washable climbing shoes, using a three-layer WashTex uppers. A perforated microfiber outer layer creates the shoes structure and flexibility, with breathable, wicking fabrics lining the inside. The test will be to see how well the sticky rubber and overall shoe composition will hold up to repeated washings—because there will be repeated washings. This new tech will appear in the HydroGym, OxyGym, and NitroGym models. The danger? Once you can’t smell yourself, you might start smelling everyone else. —Nathan Borchelt

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