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Cushioned Heel System

In order to improve comfort when stepping off the rock or walking between routes, Boreal developed the Cushioned Heel System (CHS). Using shock absorbing EVA under the heel, the foot is cushioned from rocky and hard ground.

When climbing all day, normal rock boots become tiring very quickly as the thin, sensitive nature of their construction does little to protect the foot. With the Boreal Cushioned Heel System (CHS) an EVA shock absorbing insert under the heel cushions and protects the foot with no loss of climbing performance. This means that walking between routes and stepping off the rock onto hard, uneven surfaces can be achieved in comfort.


Zenith is a unique high performance climbing rubber compound developed by Boreal. This compound provides outstanding friction and excellent hold on small edges.

Zenith rubber is a high performance rubber developed by Boreal. Zenith is designed for no-compromise performance, and features incredible friction properties combined with an ability to hold micro edges. This ultimate compound is featured on our highest performance rock shoe models. 


Joker Plus Lace
Developed from our famous Joker model, the Joker Plus Lace incorporates additional features for unsurpassed comfort. A host of new upgrades means that Joker Plus Lace remains the go-to shoe for multi-pitch epics.
Product Info
  • UPPERS: Split leather and microfiber. Mesh on both sides for increased breathability. Full length lacing system to the toes and lateral fastening straps for a highly personalized fit. Padded CHS heel and HFS for extra comfort.
  • LINING: One piece 3D lining for more breathability.

    CONSTRUCTION: Slip-Lasted
  • MIDSOLE: Special anti deformation midsole
  • SOLE: Ultra sticky Boreal ZENITH Quattro outsole. 4-4.5mm thickness depending on size
  • CHARACTERISTICS: The highest comfort level, thanks to its last, the padding in heel and upper, and thecomplete 3D mesh lining. For long climbing sessions.  Fit inyour street shoe size to wear all day or in smaller sizes for increased precision.
  • USAGE: Climbing courses, training (indoor and outdoor) and long routes


  • The Joker Plus Lace features a new super-comfortable semi-asymmetric last with slimmer fitting heel and low tension rand. An upper of high quality split leather and synthetic microfibre is combined with a PU Air Net lining for exceptional comfort and a fresh new look. A full length lacing system ensures a precise and highly adaptable fit. Our Heel Fit System ankle padding is updated for 2017, providing luxurious feel with reduced bulk. A newly developed outsole now includes a specially shaped heel cavity, allowing the shock absorbing EVA of our Cushioned Heel System to work more effectively without impeding fit.

  • A new stiffer midsole helps provide support while edging, and the sticky and durable Zenith Quattro rubber provides the ideal blend of durability and friction. If you like longer routes in the mountains, full days at the crag and extended training sessions, Joker Plus Lace is the ideal choice. Put them on, keep them on.