Who should buy the So iLL Free Range

The Free Range has enough going for it to make converts out of those who have yet to try anything from the So iLL brand. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is designed for those looking to up their climbing game, especially where edges are involved. 
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that promises enough surface adhesion in this So iLL piece.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is built for bouldering, sports routes, and trad ascents.

So iLL Free Range logo

Supplies surface traction

A military-grade rubber outsole called Dark Matter is what supplies sufficient traction in the So iLL Free Range climbing shoe. It is a full-length construction, with its rear end encroaching the heel part of the upper for additional heel-hooking grip.

So iLL Free Range outsole

Improved support underfoot

The Free Range comes with a fishhook midsole for improved support underfoot. It is designed thin yet sturdy to give the climber additional edging precision.

So iLL Free Range midsole

Easy to wear

The Free Range’s low-cut main shell is purely synthetic. Thanks to its highly padded tongue and cotton liner, its interior is extra comfy. Attached securely to its heel are a pair of pull loops for ease of access. 

So iLL Free Range upper

Provide enough friction on the wall or rock

Its high-contact areas, which include the forefoot, midfoot, and heel sections, are with ample randing to provide enough friction on the wall or rock. Its toe box is also reinforced with a rand for added grip in hooking scenarios.

So iLL Free Range upper 1

Adjustable strap built with hook-and-loop fasteners

Its closure system consists of an adjustable strap built with hook-and-loop fasteners. It has two attached points instead of just one. The sturdy buckle through which the strap is set is made of a material akin to hard plastic.

So iLL Free Range strap

Facts / Specs

Weight: 8oz
Construction: Slip lasted
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Synthetic

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Author
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.