Rated 5 out of
Buffy the Hold Slayer from
Pretty Excellent for the Price!This is a great shoe for those who need to transition to a more advanced shoe, and want to save $$. The shoe has the same great toe and forefoot features of the blackwings. The heal fits snugger but I found that for more advanced heal hooking on harder problems/routes the hooking capability was lacking compared to the blackwings. IF A HEAL HOOK IS YOUR GO TO MANEUVER SPEND THE EXTRA $20 AND GET THE BLACKWINGS. If you are new to heel hooking, the Hiangle will help to teach you about how much pressure etc you need to use to hold the hook. The blackwings seem to hook for you. If you rarely heel hook and its not a key way you climb (yet), then the Hiangle is a most excellent shoe for you. My opinion about the elastic is that it makes for a more customize-like fit, but over time the elastic can rot and therefore the life of this shoe even with resole is limited. I love that the hiangle shoe is all leather and I like the colors much better than the synthetic blackwing, but since my signature technique is a variety of creative heel hooks, I needed to go for the shoe that works the best for that.