Verdict from 3 experts and 10 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Several owners adore the Boreal Kintaro’s high level of comfort.
  • According to some of those who have climbed in the Kintaro, the shoe is very effective on edges.
  • A small number of wearers say that this rock climbing shoe from Boreal has an amazingly grippy outsole.
  • Its heel fits with no dead space at all, say less than a handful of users.
  • Based on a report, this incredible rock shoe performs admirably on sport climbing routes.

2 reasons not to buy

  • This climb-centric piece from Boreal is an expensive piece of investment.
  • An owner finds the durability of the shoe’s outsole lacking.

Bottom line

Climbing enthusiasts had better prepare to be impressed with the Kintaro. Indeed, the shoe is likely to stun climbers with its super-comfy construction and astonishingly precise heel fit. This Boreal offering also has the power to floor senders with its stellar surface grip and edging performance. 

It is a bit unfortunate, however, that experiencing all that means having to bear with its demanding asking price. Nonetheless, the Boreal Kintaro is a dependable climbing companion thanks to its collection of send-worthy traits.

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Good to know

  • 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.


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