It's always a treat to open up my mailbox and see the latest issue of Rock and Ice magazine sitting there, begging me to procrastinate everything important so that I can look through its pages.
Amongst the pages of vertical literature and photography, I found the review that Dave Pegg did about the new Cypher Zero climbing shoe. I was stoked to see that he enjoyed the shoes as much as I have. In fact, this is what he said about the first time he strapped them on:
“The first time I climbed in the Zero I experienced a phenomenon I've never heard before. Its soles squeaked, like sneakers on a basketball court. This come-to-Jesus moment gave me unquestioning and eternal faith in the stickiness of Enigma HP.”Read the full review here.
|Benjamin Eaton sporting the Cypher Zero on Teardrop 5.13a.|
Photo by Michael Portanda. Visit his website at MichaelPortandaPhotography.com.
As I dispatched onto the route, I was able to make the following observations about the Zero’s construction and performance.
- Crisscross Velcro closure system: Instead of having two parallel straps of Velcro, the Zero uses a crisscross system that helped provide a more custom fit to my foot.
- Synthetic upper and cotton liner: Synthetic shoes are all the rage these days. They breathe well and they don’t stretch too much.
- Ventilation holes: My feet sweat a lot. So the mini-perforations on the shoe’s upper really played to my liking.
- Aggressive asymmetric shape: Pointy and curved. That’s what my feet looked like in these shoes.
- Flexible downturned last: Even though the shoe held my foot in a curved shape, it allowed my foot to flex and smear on the nasty slab section.
- Enigma HP rubber: Cypher’s very own rubber, which has proven its stickiness and durability over the last year.
- Flexible and sensitive: The Zero allowed my foot to flex and the rubber allowed my toes to feel more of the rock.
- Mastered various forms of footwork: The pointy toe worked great on the pockets and small jibs, as well as on slabs and edges.
- Provided great traction: With the Zero on my feet, I felt just as confident as I have while wearing other shoes with different rubber on the same route.
- Got the job done: Even though I didn’t get the send that day, the Zero allowed me to make some improvements on the route. Giving me hope that I’ll send it soon.
In the end, I am very impressed with the Cypher Zero and can’t wait to strap them on for the other projects I have in the queue. If you are looking for a solid pair of aggressive shoes for hard sport climbing and bouldering, I recommend the Zero. Check them out on CypherClimbing.com.
|Photo by Michael Portanda. Visit his website at MichaelPortandaPhotography.com.|
Note: Cypher will now be manufacturing the Zero with Vibram XS Grip rubber.
Liberty Mountain is the wholesale distributor of Cypher climbing equipment. Contact Liberty Mountain Sales Team to become a Cypher dealer today.
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