Who should buy the Black Diamond Circuit

The Circuit from Black Diamond is a gem, thanks to its head-turning looks and equally stunning approach performance. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer an approach shoe that underscores a breathable kind of comfort.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that has a collapsible heel that transforms the shoe into a slip-on.
  • Prefer an approach shoe that delivers a cushioned and secure ride across rocky trails.

Black Diamond Circuit logo

Excellent surface traction

The Circuit from Black Diamond promises to provide ample slip resistance over different types of surfaces with its BlackLabel-Street outsole. Diamond-shaped low-profile lugs are scatted all around it to help adventurers remain surefooted over tricky terrain. 

Black Diamond Circuit outsole

Excellent edging performance

The smooth and lug-less construction of its front end (also known as the climbing zone) offers additional sticking power on edges.

Black Diamond Circuit outsole 1

Stable and comfortable cushioning

The BD Circuit comes with a hard-wearing molded midsole for sufficient terrain stability and comfort underfoot. It is made of EVA or ethylene-vinyl acetate, which means it can withstand a great deal of weight and stress, even with repeated use. 

Black Diamond Circuit midsole

Shunky yet springy underfoot

It owes its ability to absorb and mitigate the shock to its chunky yet springy construction. To improve its comfiness, Black Diamond engineers paired it with a cushy footbed.

Black Diamond Circuit insole

Easy to wear

Premium knit fabric is the primary material used in the Black Diamond Circuit’s low-top upper. Both its mesh tongue and collapsible heel come with synthetic pull tabs to make getting in and out of the shoe that much quicker.

Black Diamond Circuit loop

Provides adequate abrasion protection and light climbing grip 

A heavy-duty rand, which is made of rubber, covers a good portion of the Circuit’s forefoot region, delivering adequate abrasion protection and light climbing grip at the same time. The shoe’s heel also has a similar coating for extra rearfoot support.

Black Diamond Circuit upper

Excellent lockdown system

What rounds out all things upper in the Black Diamond Circuit is the hiker’s lockdown system. It consists of six pairs of plated eyelets and a hard-wearing lace made of interwoven synthetic cords.

Black Diamond Circuit laces

Nice to know

-Approach hikers who are looking to pair the Circuit with a knit climbing shoe from the same brand might want to give the Black Diamond Momentum a try. La Sportiva also has a knit offering in the TX2.

-The Circuit is one of the first-ever approach shoes Black Diamond has released.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 9oz
Features: Breathable / Lightweight / Tongue Pull Loop
Material: Knit
Top: Low
BRAND Brand: Black Diamond
Randing: Forefoot only
SKUs: BD5800070001 / BD5800073010 / BD5800079135 / BD5800079246 / BD5800081016 / BD5800089136 / BD5800089247

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Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.