Recently I have had the pleasure of testing out a pair of approach shoes thanks to http://www.outdoorkit.co.uk/ I have been testing The North Face women’s Hedgehog approach shoes. I always love getting some new outdoor gear (have a look at outdoorkit.co.uk – they’ve got tons of the stuff!) and I needed some new approach shoes! If you have read my blog you will see that I have done a fair amount of climbing in the last year, which has also meant a lot of walking to the crag! I went through 2 pairs of cheap approach shoes which I totally wrecked so I thought it would be a good idea to try some high quality ones for once! So if you’re also looking for some high quality approach shoes I can recommend these.
I have worn them to a number of different crags over the past few weeks, on the slippery limestone of Malham catwalk, a couple of local gritstone crags and also just for walking about on the moors and also in urban areas. I found the soles had a good grip on rock and also on rough ground.
One of my favourite aspects of the shoe is that they very quickly became super comfortable. I have rarely worn a pair of shoes as comfortable as these. The heel has extra cushioning so even for the longest walk ins your feet will be ready for climbing. They are handy for long multi-pitch as they only weigh 620g, and at that weight you might as well bring them up on single pitch routes! The shoes are also great for cragging, and just general walking about. They come in a wide variety of colours. You can have a look here at all the different colours http://www.outdoorkit.co.uk/product.php?product_id=8378.
One of the other good aspects of the shoes is that they’re breathable. When wearing shoes for a long time for long steep walk ins, its quite likely that your feet get pretty hot and sweaty, if they are anything like mine. The Hedgehogs have a breathable membrane which is ideal if you don’t want to be changing your socks during the day!
So all in all I think they are a great shoe. Oh and did I say I think they look rather cool too!
If you fancy getting some here’s a link! http://www.outdoorkit.co.uk/product.php?product_id=8378