ROCK+ ADULT CLIMBING SHOES GREY

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Key feature
Looking for a shoe you can progress in, that’s reasonably precise without compromising comfort? High-tech sole ensures grip and precision. Shape offers comfort and ease of use.
Users reviews
4.16 / 5 544 ratings

2 AVAILABLE MODEL(S)

Products benefits

Fitting comfort
Heel and tongue wrapped in foam padding for more comfort.
Easy opening / closing
Twp rip-tab straps let you slip on and adjust fastening with precision.
Grip
Vibram XS GRIP rubber on the toe for excellent grip and precision.
Rigidity
Moderately rigid sole holds foot in place.

Features

Composition
Outer sole of : 100.0% Rubber - Synthetic Upper of : 65.0% Polyamide, Upper of : 35.0% Polyurethane (PU) Lining and sock of : 100.0% Polyester (PES)
Approved by
Team SIMOND climbers and climbing instructors
Tests
Designed by our teams in the Chamonix valley (France) at the foot of Mont Blanc. Our technical partners test them in the field to validate product claims.
Guarantee
2 years

Advice

Storage Tips
Avoid heat (cars in summer, proximity to a heat source) and humidity. Store in a cool, dry place.

Additional information

SIZING RECOMMENDATIONS
For beginner climbers, we recommend choosing a shoe the same size as your normal size. For intermediate climbers, we recommend choosing a shoe 1 size smaller than your normal size.
SHOE SHAPE
Straight climbing shoe with flat profile. Ensures comfort.
SOLE
XS Grip material is designed and made by VIBRAM. It ensures excellent grip, no matter where you’re climbing.

Users reviews

4.16 / 5 544 ratings
468 users recommended this product

At Decathlon, reviews are reliable.

  • Man
    30-39 years old
    25 November 2019
    Use since More than 1 year
    That review has been deposited on this product version
    Great beginner shoe or comfort shoe

    I have gone through 2 pairs of these shoes - they are a bargain. I have climbed V4/V5 bouldering in them and 6b+/6c in lead and top-rope. These were my second beginner shoe (having worn several other beginner pairs previouly) and I now carry on using them as a comfort pair and for roped climbing where comfort matters more and I can't be bothered to mess about with different shoes when belaying.

    This shoe has several advantages for a beginner. Firstly it has a stiff sole with rubber running through the midsole. Stiffness helps to support your weight during edging and means less foot strength is needed - something beginners will lack and will need to build up. Secondly, it has Vibram XS Grip rubber. This is a quality rubber and on the grippier/softer side of the Vibram range. Many of the expensive soes use the same rubber so it's great that Simond have used this - many other beginner shoes use a cheaper rubber. Finally, this has 5mm rubber and a thick toe rand. Beginners will burn through rubber with poor foot work (trust me!), so your first pair won'tlast long. The thicker the rubber the more they will last and 5mm is about as thick as it gets for climbing shoes - most advanced pairs will only have 3.5mm ruber. The Rock+ last me about 80-100 climbing sessions before I get down to the toe rand.

    Most other beginner shoes have these exact same characteristics for good reason. However they are usually a good £30 more expensive at least. THe main thing that matters is a good fit, so if these fit you, buy them because they are a steal!

    They are a few poorer features. The heel is padded. This makes it very comfortable but means there is less of a tight fit around the heel. This makes a difference for aggressive heel hooks. That said, the rand rubber covers the whole heel so you can get quite a bit of contact. The build quality is less good vs some of the bigger names. The velcro buckles are a bit cheap, and the rand loosen up and peeled off the fabric where the foot flexes a lot after 3-4 months of climbing. However, the shoes have always lasted me a good year and the rubber will be worn before any of the rest of the shoe wears through, so its not a major problem. Finally there is some poor attention to detail. The rubber has a indented Vibram stamp - Simond don't really care where the stamp goes so there are many pairs where the stamp ends up under the toe. This is stupid because you lose 1-2mm of rubber in a crucial area and can be entirely avaoided if they made these with a bit of care. Same with the gluing of the sole to the base of the shoe - a bit careless in places.

    I still recommend this shoe despite quality control issues. These aren't shoes you will resole and they will last you a good while and you'll lose the rubber before any of the rest of the shoe breaks.

    Size at street size for a comfortable fit and 1 size down for a tighter performance fit.

  • Woman
    40-49 years old
    04 November 2019
    Use since 2 to 8 weeks
    That review has been deposited on this product version
    Stretched

    I bought these shoes as they were reasonably priced and comfortable. However after 6 weeks they have really stretched, giving me very poor grip when climbing. I have decided to abandon them as the loose fit makes them unsafe to climb in.

    Brand response :

    Hi Anne,

    I am sorry to hear that the Rock + climbing shoes did not meet with your expectations. Could you reply telling me where exactly the shoes started to stretch? This way I can pass on the feedback to the product designer.

    Many Thanks

    Joseph Sutton | UK Product Expert

  • Woman
    30-39 years old
    09 October 2019
    Use since 1 week or less
    That review has been deposited on this product version
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    Poor quality

    I started climbing a couple months ago and thought buying these would be a good idea to start going more often and improving my technique, I tried them once and was very disappointed by the quality of them, as when climbing the rubber is not good enough and I would slip all the time. No good grip at all compared to my other climbing shoes, also the straps are way too long and makes climbing uncomfortable. Wouldn't recommend these.

    Brand response :

    Hi Gemma,


    I am sorry to hear that the Rock+ climbing shoes did not meet with your expectations. The Rock+ climbing shoes are designed for an intermediate user, with a slight camber and asymmetry.


    The sole is half Vibram XS Grip which is one of the industry standards. If you take the Rock+ back to your nearest Decathlon store then one of the staff can inspect the shoes and see if there is a defect with them.


    Hope this helps


    Joseph Sutton | UK Product Expert

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