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Apache 5

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£114.94
£140.00

The Andrea Boldrini Apache 5 is the latest incarnation of Bodrini's top end climbing shoe. Although they don't come cheap you are unlikely to regret spending that little bit extra. The Apache 5 has a really snug fit that will allow you to use the shoe to it's full potential without causing any unnecessary pain. 

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.

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Video reviews

Apache 5 Review at ISPO 2016

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How I choose the correct size?

All climbing shoe models fit differently. We put together our 'shoeculator' to help you find the right size in a new model, compared to your old climbing shoes or street shoes.

Choose from the options below to find your size in the Andrea Boldrini Apache 5
Climbing Shoe
or
Street Shoe

This sizing advice is based on two pairs of brand new shoes. Leather shoes tend to stretch more than synthetic shoes. When switching from synthetic to leather you may want to select a smaller size.

The Andrea Boldrini Apache 5 is the latest incarnation of Bodrini's top end climbing shoe. Although they don't come cheap you are unlikely to regret spending that little bit extra. The Apache 5 has a really snug fit that will allow you to use the shoe to it's full potential without causing any unnecessary pain. 

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.

Customer questions

Q

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
Cheers !

A

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.

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Video reviews

Apache 5 Review at ISPO 2016

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Reviews & ratings

Average rating

Based on 47 ratings
4.62

Product reviews (5)

Gavin Williams
Gavin Williams
Nov 19, 2017

Great shoe.. The sole is soft so you can feel the foot holds. Could wear straight from Box no breaking in they do not stretch either. They do smell after a while. Worn inside and out and are great for both. 8 months on and toe is going through. Will buy another pair but getting a size 42 seems impossible.

Sammy CC
Sammy CC
Oct 09, 2017

Been wearing these for a couple of months now. I can say that the no edge technology seems to work really well. The rubber is super sticky on these shoes and they fit like a dream. Unlike others, the heel fits perfectly for me, but I have a narrow heel (Blancos were only slightly too tight for my heel). Heel hooks feel excellent. I wasn't sure about Velcro, having only worn lace ups before, but these seem to do a very good job of keeping my foot in. Highly breathable, my feet never seem to be getting too clammy in these. Can confirm that they are an incredibly comfortable shoe the can be worn for hours on end. A very versatile, high end all rounder that'll leave you wondering why you put up with so much pain on your last shoe! Sizing wise, I bought them a size and a half below my street size (7.5 instead of 9(uk)).

John Reed
John Reed
Aug 08, 2017

Great shoes .Close fitting but comfortable also.I think this is my third pair and for an all round shoe they are impressive.There are not too many shoes that you can take out of the box and they are good to go without breaking them in.Highly recommend these shoes.

Igor Centner
Igor Centner
Jan 30, 2016

I got my very first pair or Andrea Boldrini. I have Talisman not Apache 5 , but i believe they are pretty much similar.

First thing first - I have read a lot about beginners shoes and best one to start with. I've also tried different ones but Talisman really got my attention.

From all shoes i've tried AB where the most comfortable. i went 1 size smaller then my Adidas running shoes and they fit perfectly. To be fair in UAE there are not may choices. Ive tried few 5.10, La Sportiva, and Millet.

Cannot really compare with other shoes how sticky they are as i don't have experience but i can say i managed to hold my feet onto smallest grips and i have big foot believe me:)

I'm extremely happy with the shoes that i even got one pair for my wife and she is total beginner as well and i could see improvement in her climbing right away.

Yes, they are a bit expensive (650 aed = 123 pounds) but i don't regret... how often we climb, they will last 8-12 months for sure..

Highly recommend

SM SM
SM SM
Jul 15, 2015

These are comfortable climbing shoes, flexible midsole and very well made. however the fitting for narrower feet n smaller heels will not be ideal since the heels are baggy and you'll get heel fart n possibly blisters on the back of your heels and you ll feel it even more while climbing harder route 5.10 and above even though they seem to be fitting fine after putting them on and walk around.
Would Recommended for wider feet*
as far as sizing go, they are the same as La Sportiva, if your la sportiva is 38 go for 38 in these. i bought mine half a size too big and a bit annoyed coz these are the most expensive pair i ever own and i wont get to use them for climbing my new limits coz the heels become baggy while toeing on small edges ;-( (i wish they make a smaller heel cups or cushions and they will fit much more perfectly!)

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