The Redburn Pro is one of three shoes tested designed for scrambling, easy rock climbing and rocky terrain – great for the Cuillin Ridge but not ideal for the Pennine Way. All three (the others are the Vaude Dibona and Salewa Wildfire) are excellent, making the fit the key to choosing between them. The Redburn Pro does cost £10 less than the others, which gives it a slight advantage. It has the narrowest fit, just, and is a little tight on my feet. Of course shoes like this are designed to be close-fitting for maximum precision when climbing. For the same reason it has very firm and fairly thin cushioning and a fairly smooth tread at the toe, labelled ‘climbing zone’. The rest of the tread gives good grip when walking. The lacing, which goes through suede loops and eyelets, comes down to the toes to help with the close fit and to prevent the feet slipping in the shoes.

As is usual with approach shoes the Redburn Pros are quite stiff, again for support when climbing.

To protect against abrasion from rocks there’s a wide rubber rand at the toe plus suede along the lower sides. A mesh tongue and mesh panels make the shoe quite breathable. 

First published October 2013.

Overview

  • Overall: 4 out of 5

Pros: breathable, secure fit

Cons: quite heavy

  • Details: PRICE Ј100 UPPER suede/synthetic LINING synthetic MIDSOLE EVA OUTSOLE Mammut Cougapproach sticky rubber WEIGHT 926 grams SIZES men 6.5-13, women: 4-8.5
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