Sticky sole is the basis of a reliable climbing shoe. It must grip on sand and limestone as well as on granite, whether relying on friction or smearing on micro edges. What always matters is not only the climber’s skills, but also the sole rubber. Can you imagine how complicated the path leading to its creation in the rubber laboratory is?Read all
Have you ever wondered how your climbing shoes are made, what it takes to design, test, feedback, test again and eventually put them into production? Have you ever thought about where the inspiration for a new shoe comes from and the skill it takes to hand craft the shoes which will edge, smear, hook and jam you up your favourite route or latest project?
If so and you´re interested, join us on a guided tour through the Ocún climbing shoes manufactory located in the heart of the Bohemian Paradise, Czech Republic.
Kinga is 30-year-old Polish climber and mom of two kids who carefully divides her time between family and training. She is a former competition climber who´s now focusing mostly on hard outdoor sport climbs. On 27th of September she´s become the very first Polish woman to climb a 9a route and therefore she´s entered the elite club of very few women who climbed a route of such difficulty anywhere in the world.Read all
What are the newest climbing shoes for next season gonna look like? And what colours will be the cool ones for your next year in rocks and amongst boulders? That´s what we discussed in Ocún with our sales colleagues during two sales meetings in April.
How was it? Pretty fun...
If you enjoy watching international competitions in sport climbing and bouldering, you certainly know who we´re talking about here. Alban Levier ended fifth in last year´s bouldering World cup overall ranking. He won the contest in Toronto and left behind such rockstars as Adam Ondra or Sean McColl.
Alban has recently sent couple of hard boulder problems in his home area of Fontainbleau and right now he´s starting to fully focus on the competition season. How´s he training, why did he choose bouldering and what drives him to be so good?