Updates to Boreal Kintaro

  • The Kintaro is designed to provide an all-around kind of climbing performance on steep terrain. Its slip-lasted construction makes it an adequately sensitive rock shoe.
  • Boreal engineers updated the Kintaro’s build to modernize its form and utility. Indeed, the Kintaro has a slimmer profile compared with its former self. It also has a slightly fuller rand, especially on the sides, than the previous model.
  • Making a comeback in this refreshed version is the Zenith Pro outsole. That said, it is thinner by about a millimeter than the one that came before it.


Downturn. The Boreal Kintaro is an aggressively downturned climbing shoe. The highly cambered construction of its front end grants users the ability to mount on small holds with enough precision.

Applications. This all-around Boreal piece is designed for sport routes and boulder-type ascents. Its set of components and collection of features make it an adequately capable tool for scaling overhanging terrain. Climbers may use is on a variety of indoor and outdoor surfaces.


Boreal’s Kintaro is a low-cut rock climbing shoe for men and women. Its leather upper might stretch with time and regular use. It has a curved (asymmetric) interior. The V2 Rand with which the Kintaro is engineered delivers a precise fit around the arch and heel zones. What provides owners with a customized lockdown, on the other hand, is the shoe's Velcro closure.


Midsole. The Boreal Kintaro comes with a long-wearing midsole for additional support and protection underfoot. It promises ample flexibility without bending out of shape, thanks to its anti-deformation construction.

Outsole. When it comes to adequate surface grip, the Kintaro relies on its heavy-duty Boreal-exclusive Zenith Pro rubber outsole. It can be anywhere between 4 mm and 4.5 mm in thickness (depending on the size of the shoe). Its rear zone comes with ridges to give users more control while performing maneuvers involving the heel.


This unlined rock climbing shoe houses the foot in its below-the-ankle upper made of split leather. Its integrated neoprene tongue comes with sufficient padding to double down on comfort, especially around the instep. Boreal shoemakers reinforced its bottom half with a rubber rand for added climbing grip in tricky situations.

Two adjustable straps make up the Boreal Kintaro’s fit management system. Both straps are built with hook-and-loop fasteners. Also coming in a pair are the shoe’s heel pull tabs.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 8.6oz / Women 7.9oz
Construction: Slip lasted
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Leather

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Javin Hung
Javin Hung

I am passionate about maintaining an active lifestyle. I’ve been running and playing tennis since high school. In the last 5 years, I’ve picked up weight lifting and bouldering as part of my regular fitness routine. You can usually find me hitting the weights or rock walls at the gym, or trying out a new sport.