Verdict from 2 experts and 68 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • According to a multitude of customers, the Black Diamond Circuit approach shoe is stupendously comfortable.
  • It has a super-fashionable design, say quite a number of those who have bought it.
  • This high-quality approach shoe comes with a superbly sticky outsole, based on several reports.
  • Some users find their Black Diamond Circuit approach shoes remarkably light.
  • Its fit is true to size, less than a handful of patrons claim.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Circuit from Black Diamond could be a bit more supportive around the arch, says a wearer who has tried it.
  • An owner is not very impressed with the hiker’s humdrum of an insole (footbed).

Bottom line

Extremely comfy and stylish—this is what many will likely call the Circuit once they put it on. Those who would take a chance on it might also hail it as a lightweight wonder with stellar surface traction.

That said, some outdoorsy folks might find its arch support a little on the lacking side. Overall, the Circuit from Black Diamond is a gem, thanks to its head-turning looks and equally as stunning approach performance.

Good to know

-The Black Diamond Circuit blurs the line between lifestyle sneakers and performance-oriented approach-centric kicks. Its knit construction underscores a breathable kind of comfort.

-It is among BD’s most versatile hikers. Case in point: It comes with a collapsible heel, which transforms the shoe into a slip-on.

-The Circuit comes with a molded midsole and a brand-exclusive outsole, called BlackLabel-Street. Together, these two underfoot components deliver a cushioned and secure ride across rocky trails.

Black Diamond’s Circuit is a low-cut approach shoe engineered for both men and women. Fit customization and lockdown security come by means of the shoe’s lace-up closure.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

-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.


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