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Edelrid - Cyclone

posted Oct 22, 2013, 2:28 PM by Italo Balestra   [ updated Jan 23, 2014, 4:14 AM by GoOut Project ]

The Edelrid Cyclone are asymmetric, cambered climbing shoes designed for sport climbing and bouldering. They are intended for all those climbers seeking the best pulling and hooking performances on overhangs or high precision on the smallest footholds. We were attracted by their aggressive design and their sort of hybrid slipper/lace-up combination. But we wanted to test their real performances on the rocks, so we sent a pair of Cyclone to our testers, who report here on the results.

Technical Description

The Cyclone are designed as a combination of a slipper and lace-up shoe featuring a new lacing system. The upper is asymmetric with a cambered and bent shape, supported by a thermoformed midsole under the toes, which helps in keeping the toes bent for a stronger support. The shoes also feature a Two-Tension Frame construction to enhance power transmission and torsional rigidity. 

Weight: 490 g 

Our Test

We tested the Cyclone intensively for 4 months mostly for sport climbing and bouldering, and mostly outdoor, but we also used them for some indoor climbing and bouldering.

First impressions
The upper of the Cyclone is quite soft and comfortable. You can easily fit 2 sizes (EUR sizes) less than your “normal” shoe size. The rubber of the sole is also very soft and its grip is very good. They stick nicely on the smallest edges and footholds and you really notice it since the first time you try them on the rock! What you also notice immediately is that the lacing system is not very practical. You need to pull a very tiny plastic knob with your nail to open it. And also the huge "handle" that is meant to help to fit the tip of the toes properly in, is excessively large. It could be at least reduced in size or totally eliminated. 

Thanks to their hybrid nature,
intermediate between slippers and lace-ups, the Cyclone are relatively light. The absence of straps keeps the weight down, but the new, original lacing system is probably not much lighter than a traditional lacing system. Also the big "handle" that helps to put the shoes on, is superfluous and could be easily eliminated to save some grams.

The Cyclone are very comfortable shoes. They are overall very soft and flexible, except on the part of the sole under the toes, where the little concave thermoformed midsole gives some extra rigidity. They fit very well and the upper tends to stretch a bit, as in most slippers. However, the lacing system helps to tighten the upper properly and to add some extra support.

The grip of the rubber is extremely good! Not much to say: the Cyclone stick to the rock even on the tiniest asperities! However, the rubber is also quite soft and wears out quite rapidly compared to other similar climbing shoes we tested.

Very sensitive shoes. You can actually "feel the rock", and this feeling gives you a lot more confidence, especially when you step on small holds, since you can always feel what your toes are touching. This also enhances your precision in positioning the feet on small footholds.

The upper tends to soften and to get loose a bit too rapidly. The rubber of the sole also wears out quite rapidly. The very good grip, which initially impresses, tends to degrade a bit rapidly with the use. We noticed also that the upper tends to lose its color rapidly.

Our Verdict

The Cyclone are very comfortable and sensitive climbing shoes, fast and precise, perfect for a fast attempt to push to the limit. It doesn't matter whether it is on a difficult sport climbing route or on a hard boulder problem, when you need to be sure you're gonna stick to the rock, you'll prefer these shoes to many others. They perform equally well on overhangs and on vertical slabs and they are very good for 
bouldering, especially when heel or toe hooking is needed. 

 Lightness   7/10
 Comfort   9/10
 Grip   9/10
 Sensitivity   9/10
 Durability   5/10
 Total Score  7.8/10

+ Extremely good grip
+ Very comfortable
+ High sensitivity

- Not extremely long lasting
- The lacing system can be improved

Lacing System

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