Vibram Rocks Climbing Community with XSGrip

Vibram®, the worldwide leader in high performance soles, announces an exciting contribution to the world of climbing with XSGrip™, a substantially stickier climbing compound.
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Vibram Rocks Climbing Community with XSGrip

La Sportiva and SCARPA Launch XSGripâ„¢ Climbing Shoes at Summer OR

CONCORD, Mass., (August 10, 2006) – Vibram®, the worldwide leader in high performance soles, announces an exciting contribution to the world of climbing with XSGrip™, a substantially stickier climbing compound. Developed over the course of 16 months of exhaustive lab and field-testing, XSGrip offers higher levels of grip while maintaining rigidity for edging and durability. The compound's performance remains consistent even in extreme hot or cold climates. Both La Sportiva and SCARPA will be launching shoes with a Vibram XSGrip sole at Summer OR.

Refined after testing by 32 climbers of varied styles and levels of expertise, on mixed indoor and outdoor surfaces, the XSGrip sole will be available at retail in Spring 2007 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. “XSGrip illustrates our obsession with providing the ultimate in performance.”

XSGrip will be featured in La Sportiva's Solution and in 12 of 14 of SCARPA'S rock shoe models, including the flagship Mago and five other models designed by Heinz Mariacher.

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 works with premium brands including Danner, La Sportiva, Lowa, Merrell, Red Wing, SCARPA, The North Face, Timberland, Vasque, Wolverine and many more. For further information, visit www.vibram.com
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