Who should buy the Tenaya Inti

Climbers in search of a comfortable yet aggressive downturned rock shoe may find the Tenaya Inti fascinating. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a climbing shoe that renders high performance in sports climbing and bouldering.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that provides an ideal blend of stiffness and sensitivity.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that takes care of adherence over different rock types.

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Excellent smearing and hooking performance

Featuring a Vibram XS Grip (4 mm) outsole, it is able to stick to slabs and cracks. It allows climbers to smear and hook effectively.

Tenaya Inti outsole

Tenaya Inti outsole 1

Provides excellent support and sensitivity

This Tenaya rock shoe carries a TST multi-layer stretch tex insole. It is paired with a medium-stiff 2D PLT 10 midsole. These two elements promote support when stepping into tiny nubbins, thanks to their sensitivity. 

Tenaya Inti midsole

Excellent ground responsiveness

This product employs brand-owned SXR Dynamics. This feature improves ground responsiveness by creating a system that allows the foot to move with the shoe. 

Tenaya Inti arch support

Yields a comfortable feel and durability

The brand designers use microfiber lined with TXT-treated cotton in the upper of Tenaya Inti. This combination yields a comfortable feel, whether climbing at the gym or crag. Wrapping the base of the upper is a sturdy rubber rand that heightens the shoe’s durability. 

Tenaya Inti upper

Easy to wear

Additionally, its Velcro closure system and dual heel tabs make it on and off easy.

Tenaya Inti loop

Tenaya Inti vs. Tenaya Ra

These Tenaya rock climbing shoes, the Inti and the Ra, have a lot more similarities than differences. Both offerings are okay for all-around use. Their uppers are made of microfibers with cotton linings that make stretch almost non-existent. Making them stick to the ground are Vibram rubbers that are both 4 mm thick. 

Making the Inti and Ra different from each other is their volume. Tenaya’s Inti is shaped using a narrower last and accommodates a low volume foot (for more details, see Fit section above). The latter, the Tenaya Ra, is designed with a mid-volume and mid-width shape. 

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 170g
Technology: Synthetic
Construction: Slip lasted, Vegan
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Moderate
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor

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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.