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Bufo Australia

Bufo Rock Climbing Shoes

Bufo Rock Climbing Shoes. The world’s #1 quality / priced rock climbing shoes are available for under $170AU. With models to suit all types of climbing abilities and rock climbing venues, you are sure to find a shoe that will suit your needs.

Bufo is one of the oldest climbing shoe manufacturers in the World. With over 18 years of innovation and industry leadership. Hand-made in the Czech Republic by Bufo, their craftsmen have over 130 years of combined climbing shoe making experience. Ensuring you get the highest quality possible with the same quality guarantee.

Bufo Unbreakable Rental Fleet Climbing Shoe

The only choice for Indoor Climbing Gyms, Schools, Guides or any other organisation needing a rental shoe that will last. For information on pricing and discounts for bulk orders call Todd at 0435 042 853 or

The Unbreakable was the world’s first authentic rental fleet shoe. It was designed specifically for the highly destructive and demanding environment of the indoor climbing wall, outfitter, camp and other program fleets. Based on the direct feedback and input from gym owners, it was built with intelligence and a commitment to quality, durability and comfort. With it’s patented double toe rand technology this bomb-proof performer is built to outlast anything, Guaranteed.

The Unbreakable is also decked out with numerous other rental fleet sensitivities, including: Highly visible size tags which are on the shoe heel; comfortable beginner fit; low cut heal cup; average wide last; and non stretch interior lining and rapid lacing. (see picture below, bottom left)

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Bufo Reviews

Climbing Magazine

Rock shoes are about the most important weaponry in the gravity battle, and I've often found it worth the extra money to buy top-of-the-line models. So I was skeptical to believe that a newcomer to the U.S. market, Bufo, could provide good shoes at half the price of other brands. But, after several months of climbing in these shoes on granite, limestone, and plastic, I've come to realize that you don't always get what you pay for. Sometimes you get more.

At $79, the Fly is the least expensive shoe in the lineup. This clean slipper uses an elastic strap over the arch, securing the foot in the shoe. It fits medium to wide feet, and accommodated my broad forefoot just right. The shoe has a thin midsole, adding a welcome touch of stiffness and boosting the shoe's face-climbing performance. But it's still plenty flexible for toeing into finger cracks or smearing. With its combination of wide fit and medium stiffness, the Fly was my favorite model.

The Spider ($79) is a slipper with two Velcro closures. It fits narrower than the Fly, has a more pointed toe, and has no midsole, creating a soft, grabby shoe. For those accustomed to a soft slipper, this shoe excels on smears, cracks, and overhangs. Edging performance is limited due to the lack of midsole. I'd recommend this model over the Fly for people with narrow feet.

The Pharoah ($85) lace-up shoe is a stretchy, cambered shoe requiring a tight fit to achieve good toe power. I enjoyed using these shoes in the gym and on limestone, as the precise, grabby toe stuck to the smallest of holds. A thin midsole, similar to the Fly's, adds a touch of support for edging. Because of the need for bent toes with this shoe, it's best used for one-pitch sport routes or bouldering.

I was surprised by the overall craftsmanship on Bufo shoes. The 4mm Gibon-rubber soles are filed clean against the rand, the uppers are durable enough to be sized tightly without tearing, and the stitching is generally clean except for a skin-scratching heel-pull tab I noticed on the Fly. Most importantly, I found the rubber to be as sticky as other rubbers on the market. For the newcomer to the sport or those who want more bang for their buck, these three shoes are worth a serious look.

-- Randi Lavelle

Rock & Ice

Bufo Weapon

I've probably worn 200 rock shoes over the past decade, but good shoes for under a hundred bucks have proven a rare commodity. The Bufo Weapon, is proudly in the minority. With two young children at home, my climbing trips have become less frequent, as evidenced by my puny forearms and jerky footwork. The bright side is that my rusty condition makes me the ideal shoe tester -- I must rely entirely on leather and rubber to get me up the stone. The Weapon gave me just the leg up I need. A low-cut sport shoe with a moderately stiff midsole, slightly asymmetrical last and firm yet sticky rubber, it climbs well beyond its pricetag. A slightly pointed toe wriggles into mono pods, yet yields enough front-point power and precision to press off the smallest chip. The generous sticky rand and heel can grip aretes with the best of 'em. Comfort and fit-wise, the Weapon feels more like an all-around shoe than foot-crushing sport wear. A great relief for feet -- and pocket-books -- alike.

-- Duane Raleigh, Publisher (issue 118,"What's New")

Bufo Fly

This unlined, asymmetric slipper took a lot of testers by surprise -- inexpensive shoes just aren't supposed to perform this well! The fit runs a tad wide in the forefoot, so it may not fit narrow-footed climbers that well. That said, nearly everyone thought the Fly performed as well or better than other high performance slippers. As Dougald put it, "Overall this shoe performs great. It's a very sensitive slipper that fits tight for hard edging, heel hooks and toe hooks." ... A lot of bang for the buck - shipping is included with all Bufo shoes.

Bufo Spider

The narrow footed testers liked the very snug fit of this synthetic lined leather slipper with velcro closures. The symmetric shape and minimal midsole reduce edge-holding power but offer great feel on plastic. One tester felt that the Spider's adept handling on steep sport routes would make it a nice addition to his collection of shoes....

GearReview.com

Whether you're a beginner looking for your first climbing shoe, or a long time climber looking to expand your climbing abilities and find a shoe more suited for a specific type of climbing, Bufo might have your next pair or two of climbing shoes. Bufo, a relative newcomer to the North American climbing scene, has been sold in Europe for over 14 years. Forget the fact that they would be bargains at even 15% to 20% more money than they cost, these shoes do what they say they do, a good sign of a good deal all by itself.

We looked at four of Bufo's models, the Shark, The Fly, The Pharoah, and the Spider. All the shoes were very sticky, well built and took the usual beating that climbing shoes get—walking around the base of sport climbs, peeling them off and cramming them on, and of course climbing. With the prices as low as they are, we looked at them with a critical eye for manufacturing details, wear and tear, and survivability. They all stood up to our examinations, making us wonder—just how much should a good climbing shoe cost? When asked about the price, the folks at rockshoes.com say the difference isn't how the shoes are made, it is how the shoes are sold—less overhead and less advertising.

We took these shoes climbing all over the Utah, testing them on everything from basement bouldering and climbing gyms to outdoor bouldering and sport climbing—including sandstone, granite and limestone routes. They also got a workout during some trad climbing on Navaho Sandstone.

Here are the shoes, and what the testers had to say about them.

Pharaoh

We couldn't find any thing these shoes didn't do well. They are great for hard bouldering, and seemed to excel at heel hooking. Edgy and slabby climbs were done in this shoe, and they held up well. They took on friction climbs and did great. The lacing on this shoe allows you to cinch it up as tight or as loose as you need. The sole is curved for great edging, and they held up to tight crack climbing. The Pharaoh sells for (see current prices)

Shark

This shoe earned its keep on multi pitch routes. I don't want to use the word comfortable—hey, we are talking climbing shoes, but I was able to leave them on during long belays. The narrow shoes were great on the sandstone cracks found in Moab, where they inspired confidence on trad climbs. The curve of the sole allowed them to excel on small pocket holds. These are great all around shoes. The Shark can be picked up for (see current pricing)

Spider

This shoe is hard to beat for all around versatility. It goes on and off with two Velcro strips, making it great for bouldering and the gym, but I loved the narrow toe for crack climbing. It seems to be a favorite for small micro holds, and even though it got the most use of the four shoes, it has held up well. It is great to find a shoe that goes on and off like a bedroom slipper, but climbs like a lizard. The Spider sells for (see current pricing)

Fly

The Fly has quickly became the favorite gym shoe. With a great toe, it seemed to be well suited for the plastic holds. For as tight a fit as it gives, it comes off and on relatively quickly, another plus for gym use. The sole gives a tight sensitive feel. Price (see current pricing)

Summary: These shoes are the perfect fit of price, performance, and personality. They do what they are built to do, and are backed by a company that wants to please its customers. At the prices they are delivered to your door for, you could have all types of climbing covered as far as your feet go. The rest is up to you!

By David Loveland


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