Wild Country said they wanted to do something different with their climbing shoes, and the Parthian brings with it the new Michelin Formula Wild rubber and a unique upper construction. The upper may look simplistic, but it's actually quite innovative. (Notice how there's no rand?) A layer of PU (polyurethane) is layered within the microfibre upper. Being 10x as strong as rubber, gram for gram, PU is much more durable and will help maintain the shoe's performance shape for much longer.
The Parthian's narrow width, snug fit, and high-precision toe provide power and confidence when climbing on small edges, micro-holds, and blank rock, all without the discomfort of a more aggressive shoe. A medium-stiff midsole provides support whilst stood on edges but isn't so stiff that it isn't able to smear. Ideal for high-end technical trad climbing, sport climbing, and precise bouldering.
• Profile: Flat with gentle asymmetry
• Stiffness: Medium
• Upper: Two layers of microfibre with a layer of PU in between - little or no stretch
• Sole: Michelin Formula Wild
Michelin Formula Wild:
Unlike traditional rubbers which are cut from a sheet, Michelin Formula Wild is moulded. This method allows Wild Country to vary the thickness of the rubber across the entire sole, allowing for greater control of sensitivity and flex in each area. This compound is also more consistent in different temperatures, as well as offering integrated arch support for increased stability and torsional resistance and easy resoling thanks to the customised half sole.
PU Sandwich: Rather than use randing to create tension, a layer of PU (polyurethane) is sandwiched between the microfibre upper. Because PU can hold 10x the amount of tension than rubber can of the same weight, less materials can be used, resulting in a lighter shoe. And, because it has a longer lifespan, the shoe will maintain its performance shape for longer.