Who should buy the Red Chili Fusion VCR

This moderately downturned climbing shoe is engineered for trad, sport, and bouldering pursuits, whether indoors or outdoors. It is a tool capable of ascending vertical faces, particularly where cracks are involved. Intermediate climbers are its target audience.

Who should not buy the Red Chili Fusion VCR

The Fusion VCR has a middle-of-the-road downward camber, making it one of Red Chili’s moderate climbing shoes. With it, fans of the send can mount on edges and get into slots without requiring too much legwork. While, categorically, kicks of this sort are more performance-oriented than neutral ones, they are still capable of providing lasting comfort, ideal for multi-pitch projects. If you are looking for a shoe that empowers you to boldly send steeps like never before, you might also want to check out the Five Ten Crawe.

Red Chili Fusion VCR notable features

  • A fresh new take on the Red Chili Spirit VCR, the Fusion VCR is engineered to help climbers pull off hooking maneuvers with as much efficiency as possible. It is a performance-oriented shoe that encourages wearers to improve their technique in a variety of climbing situations.
  • It comes with a large enough toe patch to give the user a better purchase on toe hooks. For sufficient underfoot slip resistance, on the other hand, the featured rock shoe sports a Vibram outsole.
  • Just like its inspiration (a.k.a. the Spirit VCR), this offering is also built with Impact Zone. This piece of tech proactively mitigates shock on impact.

Red Chili’s Fusion VCR's strapping system

Red Chili’s Fusion VCR is a low-top climbing shoe for men and women. Its inside has a neutral shape, which means the foot can lie flat in it with minimal-to-no midfoot pressure. As it sports a leather upper, stretch can be expected of it. A secure and personalized fit is courtesy of the rock shoe’s Velcro strapping system.

Renders enough surface traction

Thanks to the Fusion VCR’s Vibram XS Grip outsole, senders can mount on a variety of surfaces with enough traction. It is made of a kind of rubber compound that provides enhanced slip-resistance on limestone and granite. 4.5 mm is its overall thickness.

Makes your foot placements as precise as possible

When it comes to supporting underfoot, wearers of the Fusion VCR have the shoe’s sturdy Powerflex midsole to thank. It is engineered in such a way that makes foot placements as precise as possible.


What confines the foot in the Red Chili Fusion VCR is a low-cut upper made of authentic leather. It comes with a mesh tongue for extra breathability. 

Provides an on-and-off assistance

For on-and-off assistance, Red Chili designers furnished it with a pair of pull loops at the heel.

Excellent toe-hooking and heel-hooking grip

It is imbued with a rubber panel around the forefoot and a tensioned rand at the heel for toe-hooking and heel-hooking grip, respectively. The rest of its lower perimeter is sufficiently randed to give users ample lateral traction.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 220g / Women 210g
Technology: Leather
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Moderate
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Leather, Vibram

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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.