(8 customer reviews)


The Vega is an all around downturned shoe that does not sacrifice comfort for performance. The V shaped Velcro closure system allows for a perfect fit, quick adjustments, and easy on/off performance. The full RS rubber sole and medium stiffness midsole provide the perfect balance of friction, sensitivity, and stiffness while the painted on rubber over the toe area gives added friction for toe hooks without sacrificing comfort in the toe box.

This product has unisex sizing. To find women’s sizing, please refer to the sizing chart below. 

International Sizing: SEE CHART



  • 3.5mm RS rubber
  • Painted on rubber over toe box
  • Midsole stiffness: Medium
  • Lined synthetic upper


  • Approx. weight: 437 g (per pair)
  • Size: US 3-14 / EU 34.5-48.5
  • Fit: Aggressive downturn


  • Upper: SOLO Suede
  • Insole: SOLO Suede
  • Strap:  Webbing


  • V-shaped Velcro strap


SHORE A65-70

Additional information

Weight 23.15 oz
Dimensions 12.5 × 5.8 × 3.7 in

Men's, Women's

shoe type


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8 reviews for Vega

  1. Tanner (verified owner)

    I’ve worn these shoes on three trips to Joe’s Valley lately and they have helped me scale Resident Evil, Fiery Furnace, and The Incredible Hulk! Such nice shoes. They toe down on small holds really well and the rubber is really sticky.

  2. bankheadblake (verified owner)

    An interesting shoe to say the least! Stiffer than expected, with the paint on rubber working surprisingly well! The fit was pretty much my street shoe size (10.5) and have yet to notice any severe stretch in the shoe. The pull tabs are covered in a reinforced plastic which is a very nice touch. The rubber, once broken in preformed beautifully both in a gym and on polished Texas limestone. Expecting good results when i use these guys in Bishop!!

  3. chris

    Great shoe overall. I used this shoe as my gym/setting pair and was really impressed by their sensitivity and power through the toebox. The heel fit me really well considering I have a lower volume heel. For a strictly gym shoe…average 3 days/week on walltopia walls…these lasted me almost 9 months. i love how easy these things are to get on and off. I’ll be honest, I owned a pair of Jet 7s and I wasn’t all too impressed with the paint on rubber on either. Maybe UP will drop a can of the paint on rubber…one can only hope

  4. cuzl

    I was looking for a replacement of my old 5-10 Teams ( blue one) which i loved for years for hard bouldering and sport climbing. i did all my hardest boulders and Routes with these. The Vega is the perfect replacement. same fit same precision same grip. Thanks guys for making this shoe !!!!!!!

  5. Sam (verified owner)

    Love this shoe. I would liken it to something like a mixture of the 5.10 Blackwing and the 5.10 Team. Soft, aggressive, and surprisingly still good at edging in my opinion. I normally wear street size in 5.10, and I got a street size in this (10.5). It fits well, but for a super aggressive fit I think I could size down a half size. I heard of quality consistency issues early on when these shoes were first released so I have waited a year or two to buy them. I can say as of right now they hold up quite well for being a soft shoe.

  6. Greg

    The Vegas are pretty great. Just bought a second pair. I was looking for a replacement for the discontinued 5.10 Teams, my old beloved favorites. For me, the Vegas are instead actually an improvement, would get them instead of Teams, if given the choice now. It’s a trade off, as always. The rubber seems stickier than C4, closer to but not quite as sticky as Hf. The payoff is noticeably better edging, similar to C4. Note that I weigh ~70 kg, so can’t comment on how it’d be for heavier or lighter climbers. But for me, the rubber holds edges quite nicely, doesn’t roll off much, and at the same time the shoes are still nicely sensitive. Before buying the first pair, I was sorta reluctant to risk buying them, after seeing online comments about durability when they first came on the market. No, turns out mine are fine, no issues whatsoever. Got them in late summer 2019. My first pair held up for 11 months as my ‘workhorse’ gym shoe. The sole in a ~2-3 cm radius at the toe point is worn enough to call for resole before I start to damage the rand, but otherwise the shoes are in great shape. Rubber durability similar to or maybe a little more durable than C4. The uppers are pretty similar in durability to my Sportivas. Based on that, I’d guess they’ll survive multiple rounds of resoling. Currently my favorite shoe for comps and bouldering, like having a ‘secret weapon’.

  7. Alsonfx (verified owner)

    Not my favorite. I bought these as a replacement to my teams, but they just don’t make the cut. The top rubber bits don’t seem to stick to anything and toe hooking becomes harder in these. The rubber is softer than the teams and if you have sweaty feet like me, they slip a bit unless you downside which in turn makes them painful. They are a good shoe to have, but aren’t my go to for trying my hardest and I now mostly use them for training at home or at the gym.

  8. suzanne.h.miller (verified owner)

    I have worn Blackwings for years until I finally couldn’t find anymore. These are an almost perfect replacement. The rubber is actually stickier than the Blackwings. They fit my narrow heels very well. After break in they are a tad big in the forefoot since there is not an LV version, but it’s not bad. Very easy to put on and take off. The paint on rubber for the forefoot is a nice feature. Although, it does have a very “chemically” odor when you pull them out of the box. After a couple of days airing out, they were fine though.

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