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 The Zone is technically retired but it's still sold online.The Zone is no longer produced by Black Diamond. We're showing it as "available" on WeighMyRack because you can still find it at trustworthy online retailers.

Black Diamond Zone Climbing Shoe
  • Black Diamond Zone Climbing Shoe
  • Black Diamond Zone Climbing Shoe
  • Black Diamond Zone Climbing Shoe
  • Black Diamond Zone Climbing Shoe
  • Black Diamond Zone Climbing Shoe
  • Black Diamond Zone Climbing Shoe
  • Black Diamond Zone Climbing Shoe

Zone

Rating

My vote: None ( 4.2 avg )

Description

Get in the Zone during your next session with this new high-performance shoe built with our innovative Engineered Knit Technology. Designed for hard, steep climbing, the Zone combines unparalleled breathability and comfort, thanks to the knit upper, with molded rubber for superior grip.

The Zone is a two-strap Velcro shoe that combines the award-winning comfort and breathability of our Momentum climbing shoes, with the high-performance last of our Shadows to create a shoe built for sending at the gym or the crag. The Zone’s upper consist of our Engineered Knit Technology, which provides stretch where you need it, support where it matters and all around exceptional breathability-meaning you can go hard at the gym without worrying about your feet overheating. The shoe’s last is downturned and based on our aggressive shape, making the Zone adept at pulling hard on steep rock or plastic. The Zone’s sticky Fuze rubber is molded - inspired by the way we forge our carabiners - and not cut from one sheet of rubber. This is our engineered solution to optimize our shoe’s rubber and rands for consistency and comfort. The shoe’s vamp area also has printed rubber for extra friction while toe-hooking, and the medium-flex midsole adds a balance of sensitivity and power. For hard training sessions, this is the Zone you want to be in.

Retail price

US$ 139.95

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Weight unknown
Closure Type 2 Velcro closures
Gender Unisex
Volume High
Sizing Information US sizes 4-13
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Best Use (Highest Performance) Trad / Crack
Sport / Face
Indoor
Rental
Asymmetry Aggressive
Tongue Details not provided by the brand
Last Details Shape: Arched (technical)
Construction: not provided by the brand
not provided by the brand
Upper Material not provided by the brand  Engineered Knit Fabric
Midsole Material not provided by the brand  Soft flex
Sole Material 4.3 mm  Fuse Rubber
Rand: not provided by the brand
Footbed Lining

Partial

Other Shoe Versions male female
AVG RATING
5.04
( 5 avg )
Rating
5.04
( 5 avg )

Great and versatile Mid-tier shoe

Pros
Fair price
Looks good
Durable
Confidence Inspiring
Cons
Sizing was weird (had do get 1.5 sized up from my street shoe but I have wide feet)
Break-in was rough
Heel is a bit loose
Familiarity
I’ve used it a ton

This is my first pair of moderately agressive shoes and my second pair of climbing shoes all together.

The break in was painful to say the least but pretty quickly I was climbing one or two grades higher that with my beginner Tarantulaces just due to the better rubber and increase confidense standing on smaller foot holds. I've had them for about 6 months now and has just worn down the tip of the shoe (way better compared to my previous shoes that had a hole through the front over the same time frame). I am concerned that I wont be able to get them re-soled since the its a one piece sole with performation in the middle but at this level I don't know if its worth it vs upgrading to a bit higher quality shoe. For the price this is a great step up from beginner shoes and not so agressive that it will dicourage you from climbing. They dont perform quite as well as when they were newer of course but I still trust them for pretty much any route or boulder I try. There are better shoes out there but if you're a beginner to intermediate and are looking to step up to a bit more of an aggressive shoe that wont break the bank, I'd recommend checking this one out but be sure to try it on in person and find the right size and beware of the rough break-in. 

Rating
5.04
( 5 avg )

Great Overall Shoe

Cons
Toe box is a little narrow
Familiarity
I’ve used it a bunch

Black Diamond Zone's are a great shoe! This was the first moderate/agressive shoe I've bought and was definetly the right choice. Super durable and hasn't given me any problems yet.

Black Diamond Zone's are a great shoe! This was the first moderate/agressive shoe I've bought and was definetly the right choice. Super durable and hasn't given me any problems yet.

Dirtbag Dreams Gear Review rating 4.3/5

All in all, the Zone has proven to be a great climbing shoe. If you are looking at a shoe for steep and hard climbing that won’t break the bank, the Zone is the shoe for you. My only reservation would be for any of my flat-footed friends out there, as downturned shoes are rough on flat feet. Regardless of the shoe you buy, make sure you try it on to get the right size and fit for your feet. Happy sending!

Zone Climbing Shoe Details
Zone Climbing Shoe