Step 1 Choose a Shape
Neutral Best for : All day comfort, Trad climbing , multi-pitch climbing , Crack & Smear.
Moderate Best for : Vertical climbing , steep rock , A good balance between comfort and performance.
Aggressive Best for: Bouldering, Overhanging rock, Ultimate performance.
Step 2 Pick a Closure System
Pros : Faster to get on/off
Cons : Lacks security, heel hook power, often stretch most.
Pros : Quick & Easy to tighten
Cons : Less secure than laces
Pros : Allow for most precise fit.
Cons : Slower take on/off.
Step 3 Know Your Rubber
Step 4 All the other Essentials
Step 5 Fit Them Right