Who should buy the Black Diamond Aspect

Buyers who are looking for a climbing shoe that balances comfort and performance might find one in the Black Diamond Aspect. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that is designed for all-day use, cracks, slabs, and edging. 
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that provides flexibility and grip for jamming and edging.

Black Diamond Aspect logo

Excellent edging performance and durable

The outsole unit of this Black Diamond climbing shoe is a 4.3 mm NeoFriction Edge rubber. Designers specifically built this for edging. This component is molded, making the shoe durable.

Black Diamond Aspect outsole

Flexible cushioning

The Aspect climbing shoe from BD features a medium-stiff midsole. This flexibility allows the user to jam the foot into cracks. 

Black Diamond Aspect midsole

Excellent underfoot support

It also provides a kind of underfoot support that doesn’t compromise sensitivity.

Black Diamond Aspect arch support

Long-wearing and prevents backward stretch

Black Diamond’s Aspect is made of high-grade European leather to make the shoe long-wearing. At the heel is a rand that maintains the structure of the shoe by preventing a backward stretch. At the same time, it pushes the foot forward so that the force is kept on the toes (useful for tackling cracks). 

Black Diamond Aspect upper

Slip-resistant

Black Diamond’s Aspect is made of high-grade European leather to make the shoe long-wearing. At the heel is a rand that maintains the structure of the shoe by preventing a backward stretch. At the same time, it pushes the foot forward so that the force is kept on the toes (useful for tackling cracks). 

Black Diamond Aspect upper 1

Provides jamming protection and breathability

The tongue of this shoe features Engineered Knit Technology for breathability. It also serves as an additional layer of protection when jamming. Another shield from jamming is the Internal Lace Protection system. The upper covers a portion of the closure so that the lace won’t get damaged during crack climbs.

Black Diamond Aspect upper 3

Secure fit

A lace-up closure manages the fit. It consists of eyelets and flat lace.

Black Diamond Aspect laces

Black Diamond Aspect vs. La Sportiva TC Pro

Users have often compared the Aspect to the TC Pro because both provide edging performance and components for crack climbing. Below are some of the differences between the two:

Construction. The Aspect is a low-top shoe while the TC Pro is a mid-top one.

Outsole. Black Diamond’s offering uses the brand’s proprietary rubber. On the other hand, La Sportiva uses the Vibram XS Edge. Both provide edging performance.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 258g
Construction: Slip lasted, Lace-to-toe
Fit: Comfort fit
Downturn: Neutral
Environment: Outdoor
Material: Leather, Synthetic, Knit
Lining: Lined

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Author
Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.