Overview of this review
Zenit: La Sportiva’s most comfortable yet?
Dispelling the notion that climbing shoes are supposed to hurt to be worthy of the rock (or wall) just might be the Zenit’s reason for existing. In other words, you will be sending boulder projects in double the comfort while you got this bad boy on. Yes, climbing in it translates to pampered tootsies, and all thanks to the following:
Knit shell with a sweat-wicking tongue. Stuffiness has a lower chance of occurring—and running your day—in the Zenit because of this combination. Indeed, freshness will be with you as you mount, shimmy, and toe your way up to the top.
Plush footbed. Unlike the Zenit’s upper, where comfort comes from its high breathability, the shoe’s footbed provides that luxurious feel by being lined with premium leather.
Molded heel + semi-rigid midsole. This pairing is primarily about giving you extra footing support, particularly on tiny edges. This means that you can pull off more creative maneuvers minus the tired feet in the Zenit.
Alternatives to the La Sportiva Zenit
Named after professional climber Tommy Caldwell, the TC Pro is designed for the steep, specifically in the great outdoors. While having the same moderate downturn as the Zenit, the TC Pro favors the rock more with its highly randed leather upper.
When it comes to lightness, the La Sportiva Cobra is among the ones to beat. Just like the Zenit, it is mainly built for bouldering pursuits. That said, the thinness of its outsole (1.5 mm thinner than the featured shoe) will afford you more surface feel, but perhaps at the expense of longevity.
Need more edging support for your next ascent? Then reach instead for the Katana Lace, which sports a full midsole. It is a pricier option (about $60 more expensive), but it can hook and smear sideways with extra stickiness than the Zenit.