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The Boreal Flyers Mid - A rugged approach shoe for technical terrain.
With the popularity of cragging and bouldering (and their typical short approaches on buffed trails), it’s not surprising that many approach shoes are looking more like glorified streetwear. And while this trend is fine and even desirable for many climbers, it has made it difficult to find more robust footwear for anyone wanting to reach a backcountry route.
The Boreal Flyers Mid Approcha Shoe

The Boreal Flyers Mid

Thankfully, Boreal has recognized this situation and produced the Flyers Mid. This robust mid-height shoe is built with durable 2 mm thick split leather that can withstand the abrasion of extended scree-slope approaches. Like all proper approach shoes, the Flyers Mid use a sticky sole rubber that’s been specially formulated for extra durability, while still retaining the grip necessary for easy climbing. But unlike other sticky rubber soles that only have a simple dot-lug pattern, the Flyers sport a more sophisticated lug design for better traction in a variety of terrain. For even greater control on tricky trails, Boreal also employs to-the-toe lacing. Finally, the addition of a rubber toe rand protects the shoe and is useful during easy crack climbing.

While this is a serious approach shoe, comfort is not compromised thanks to the sophisticated insole and padded midsole in the heel.

With their exceptional construction and top-notch materials, these are one of the top shoes for the challenging approaches often encountered in the Canadian Rockies.

You can check out the Flyers Mid and other Boreal shoes at www.e-boreal.com.
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Gus Alexandropoulos is a freelance writer who has been involved in the outdoor industry for over 35 years. During his career he has been the editor at Canada’s national climbing magazine, as well as the gear editor for a national cycling magazine, triathlon magazine and running magazine. His work has been published in Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and he has been a guest on television and radio broadcasts. His passion for climbing began in Ontario in the mid-80s and he continues to travel extensively in search of crisp conditions and steep rock.