When Black Diamond announced a line of climbing shoes, I admit I was skeptical. However, the well-known and trusted company is good at what they do. I took the Momentum model out for various climbing sessions, and they are a great entry-level shoe, with good edging performance, and a comfortable fit. The soles are on the flatter side of the climbing shoe spectrum, which makes them great for both beginner climbers, and climbers looking for a comfortable all-day shoe. Whether I was in the gym or out on steep basalt, the edging capabilities of the toe box made me think I was wearing a high performance shoe. The soft knit upper meant the shoe fit to my foot well and helped keep my feet cool while climbing in the summer heat. I recommend going a half to full size up if you have wide feet. Buy a pair from Spokane’s own outdoor gear shop Mountain Gear online or stop by the retail store on Division Street. MSRP: $79.95. Blackdiamondequipment.com. // (Madison Ellington)