Verdict from 1 expert and 5 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Practically everyone who has reviewed the Unparallel Vim is very happy about the shoe’s little-to-no break-in period.
  • According to a small number of senders, this high-quality rock climbing shoe is empoweringly grippy.
  • Based on a couple of reports, the Vim has tons of comfort to give.
  • This piece of climb-specific gear from Unparallel is quite durable, says a user who has tested it thoroughly.
  • An owner finds its sensitivity pretty remarkable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Unparallel Vim climbing shoe is an expensive product.
  • When it comes to toe hooking, this rock shoe is lacking, according to a decently experienced climber.

Bottom line

Unbelievably comfy on day one—this is what many will likely call the Unparallel Vim the moment they don it. This fine piece of climbing gear can also be considered a wonderfully grippy shoe with excellent durability to boot.

It is unfortunate, however, that owning one translates to shelling out a considerable amount of money. Overall, the Vim is a stellar Unparallel offering, especially for climbers who have deep pockets.

Tip: see the best climbing shoes.

Good to know

-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).

Downturn. The Vim from Unparallel comes engineered with a highly downturned toe box, making it an aggressive climbing shoe. Its talon-like camber helps the forefoot mount on barely-there projections with enhanced precision. It also makes toe-ins require less leg power and technique. Kicks of this type are primarily intended for single-pitch problems.

Applications. This Unparallel rock shoe is made specifically for boulder-type ascents. It favors steep terrain, particularly overhangs. It can be used on gym walls (whether made of plastic or fiberglass) and on rocky formations.

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

For a precise and performance-oriented fit, female purchasers are advised to go down a full and a half sizes. Getting a secure lockdown in it is via the Vim’s stretchy cuff.

Midsole. This aggressive climbing shoe from Unparallel has its robustness sourced mostly from its hard-wearing midsole. Its medium-stiff construction translates to two things: it helps the shoe retain its downturned state and grants the climber enough support where it counts.

Outsole. Senders have the Unparallel Vim’s RS outsole to thank when it comes to surface adhesion underfoot. This company-exclusive component is based on a kind of rubber that is highly capable of sticking to small recesses, nubbins, and edges. Its responsiveness is mainly due to its 3.5-mm thickness.

Shielding the foot from the punches of the surface—whether indoors or outdoors—is the Unparallel Vim’s below-the-ankle synthetic shell. Its level of comfort is heightened by its inner liner. It has triple the pull tabs to allow for quicker on and off.

Around the upper’s lower perimeter is a series of rubber rands, which deliver ample sticking power during side hooks and similar maneuvers. Stationed at its forefoot, on the other hand, is a wide enough rubber toe patch for efficient toe hooks.

The upper equation of the Vim is rounded out by the shoe’s stretchy closure. It consists of a highly elastic collar and stretchy gore panels.