Vibram® Opens Vertical Borders with New Climbing Compounds

Vibram announces an exciting contribution to the world of climbing with XSGrip2 and XS Edge, the next generation of XSGrip, a substantially stickier climbing compound. La Sportiva and SCARPA will introduce shoes with the new compounds next spring.

Vibram®, the worldwide leader in high performance soles, announces an exciting contribution to the world of climbing with XSGrip™2 and XS Edge™, the next generation of XSGrip, a substantially stickier climbing compound.Both La Sportiva and SCARPA will be introducing shoes with Vibram XSGrip2 and XSEdge soles at Summer OR.

Refined after testing by climbers of varied styles and levels of expertise, on mixed indoor and outdoor surfaces, the XSGrip2 and XSEdge soles delivered outstanding precision and stability, and performance remains consistent even in extreme hot or cold climates. The compounds are ideal for a number of climbing applications including: bouldering, lead climbing, difficult indoor and outdoor climbing and climbing on extremely smooth, polished surfaces.Shoes with the new compounds will be available at retail in spring 2010 from La Sportiva and Scarpa.

“Although we have a well established history in the climbing community we continue to focus on innovation,” explained Tony Post, president, Vibram USA.“With XSGrip2 and XSEdge we are able to address the demand of increased specialization in the sport of climbing with the stickiest compounds on the market.”

XSEdge will be a key component of the La SportivaTCPro, the ultimate technical big wall free climbing shoe designed to provide powerful technical edging.XSGrip2 will be featured in La Sportiva’s Speedster, a minimalist slipper designed to allow ultimate sensitivity and freedom of movement.

Scarpa will also be using XSGrip 2 in its Force men’s and women’s shoe, a sensitive, versatile shoe for climbers who value both comfort and performance.

Vibram® is recognized worldwide as the leader in high performance soles for outdoor, recreational, and work footwear. Vibram soles have set the standard since Vitale Bramani created mountaineering’s first rubber lugged sole in the late 1930's. Vibram soles have gone on to conquer Mt. Everest, K2 and a host of the world's tallest peaks. Today, the company partners with premium brands including Burton, La Sportiva, Lowa, Merrell, Red Wing, SCARPA, The North Face, Timberland, Vasque, Wolverine and many more. For further information, visit