Like it's predecessors the Apache 5 is primarily designed for steep and overhanging rock, and as such they make great a great bouldering shoe. They have a down turned toe box with specific sole tension, single Z type velcro fastening, X Tension system on the forefoot (the more you push on your toes the better support you get) and a superbly designed heel that will allow you to heel hook in any position. The Apache 5 feels pretty similar to previous version, which is great because there was very little that needed improving on.
As far as sizing goes the Apache 5 is similar to most Sportiva shoes (in other words you probably want to buy this shoes smaller than your street size). The upper is made from Lorica microfiber - and so it won't stretch over time. Although Boldrini shoes are very popular in France, they are not yet widely stocked in UK stores, so we are aware that most climbers will not have tried them on before. We will be updating this page in the near future with some clear sizing advice, however in the meantime please feel free to give us a call or send us a message if you need some help. Don't worry if you don't buy the right size first time around because we are always happy to exchange shoes without asking for any further postage charge.
1. Hi guys,
Just wondering how stiff/wide/aggressive these shoes are compared to eg. Instinct VS? Usually based in Sheffield with limited student budget and looking for that holy grail all-round shoe technical shoe
The Apache 5 is a touch softer and narrower than the Instinct VS. It also has a less aggressive profile, which makes it a good all rounder.