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Group Test Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot, yet more supportive and technically capable than a running shoe. In this group test we check out ten models from big brands.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKH editorial team

Dolomite Crodarossa Hi GTX Boot

As a confirmed shoe-over-boot user, the somewhat sceptical Alan James tries the stiffer, high cuff alternative to his current favourite approach shoe - the Crodarossa from Dolomite. Will he be converted to boots for long hill days and scramblin...

Scarpa Gecko Approach Shoe

Those looking for top easy climbing and scrambling performance will find it in the new Scarpa Gecko, says Alan James. 

Scarpa Rapid - approach shoe meets trail shoe

Is this a lightweight approach shoe you can also run in, or a trail shoe with scrambling ability? A jack of all trades (or terrains) rather than a master of any one, the Rapid would be a good choice for hands-on hill days and mountain crag...

Black Diamond Prime Approach Shoe

It may look nice, but the Prime is undermined for typical UK use by its soft midsole and flat outsole. "Whilst the term...

Dolomite Velocissima

Cool and light, but really well made, it's hard to find fault with the Velocissima shoe, says Rob Greenwood - particularly on more...

Black Diamond Fuel Approach Shoe

It's light and cool for summer, but though the Fuel is Black Diamond's most capable approach shoe, it's not a great choice...

AKU Rock DFS approach shoe

The Rock DFS from AKU is an approach shoe with a twist: a unique double lacing system which enables you to quickly adjust the front...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

DOLOMITE Crodarossa Low GTX

The Crodarossa Low GTX 2.0 is a lightweight mountain approach shoe, meant for those who looks for the maximum freedom of movement while accessing climbing walls.

AKU Rock DFS Approach Shoes

AKU launches new Rock DFS with new and exclusive Dual Fit System technology

DOLOMITE Crodarossa Lite GTX 2.0

The Crodarossa Lite GTX 2.0 is a lightweight mountain approach shoe, meant for those who looks for the maximum freedom of movement while accessing climbing.

DOLOMITE Velocissima

Dolomite presents the new entry for summer 2021: Velocissima. An Italian-made shoe that ably combines over a century of...

DOLOMITE Crodarossa Lite GTX Shoe

The Crodarossa Lite GTX is a lightweight mountain approach shoe which combines the distinctive features of the Crodarossa...

The Hueco Range from Mammut

The Hueco range is a new range of approach shoes from Mammut which look as good on the street as they do at the crag. There's...

Dolomite Crodarossa Lite GTX

The Crodarossa Lite GTX is designed for approach and scrambling and features an overlap fastening which allows very precise...


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