Unparallel Vim notable features

  • The Unparallel Vim is a shoe that promises to provide a no-frills kind of climbing experience, all while supplying wearers with a combination of performance and comfort. It is built with middle-of-the-road stiffness, which equates to a supportive ride without skimping on mobility.
  • One of the major facets of its core design is smearing. As such, Unparallel engineers opted to arm the featured shoe with a thin-yet-resilient brand-exclusive outsole, called RS (a.k.a. Real Supreme).

Who should buy the Unparallel Vim

Climbers recommended this shoe to be used for boulder-type ascents. They stated that it favors steep terrain, particularly overhangs. They also loved this shoe because they can use it on gym walls and on rocky formations.

Who should not buy the Unparallel Vim

When it comes to toe hooking, climbers mentioned that this rock shoe is lacking. Also, they stated that it is an expensive product. If you are looking for a climbing shoe that renders lateral grip and hooking security, you might want to check the Scarpa Booster.

Low-top slipper-type climbing shoe 

Unparallel’s Vim is a low-top slipper-type climbing shoe for men and women. On the stretch front, climbers claimed that this offering might provide only a little, if not, none at all. Since the shoe is asymmetric, they stated that their foot is likely to bend inward within its lined confines. 

Secure lockdown

For a precise and performance-oriented fit, climbers advised female purchasers to go down a full and half size. They also mentioned that it secures lockdown.

Excellent surface adhesion

Climbers who tested this shoe loved its surface adhesion underfoot. They say that it is highly capable of sticking to small recesses, nubbins, and edges. It is also responsive.

Hard-wearing midsole

With its medium-stiff construction, they stated that it helps the shoe retain its downturned state and grants the climber enough support where it counts.

Comfortable cushioning

Climbers loved the comfort that this shoe was offering. They stated that it has tons of comfort to give.

Provides protection against the punches of the surface

Climbers stated that the shoe upper provides protection from the punches of the surface, whether indoors or outdoors. 

Easy to wear

Climbers say that slipping in and out was very convenient.

Renders sufficient sticking power

Climbers say that it delivers ample sticking power during side hooks and similar maneuvers. They also noticed that it has a wide enough rubber toe patch for efficient toe hooks.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 204g
Closure: Slip-on
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Synthetic
Lining: Lined

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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.