In this head-to-head comparison between two top approach shoes, the La Sportiva Boulder X has the Guide Tennie beat when it comes to alpine climbs and quick peak attempts.
Thanks in part to its super sticky outsole, the Five Ten Guide Tennie is one of the best shoes on the market for cragging days, short approaches, and easy climbing routes.
The Salewa Raven Combi GTX has great out-of-the-box fit, a fantastic heel pocket, climbs well on rock and snow, and can handle long approaches. It’s a great all-around mountaineering boot.
For the countless occasions when a hardcore, technical boot would be overkill, the Merrell Reze Mid is a casual, comfortable option with a distinctive look.
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The Salewa Mountain Trainer is a comfortable, well constructed approach shoe that falls closer a to low-cut hiker than a climbing shoe, and is ideally suited for long approaches or scrambling.