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This almost the same as the Instinct VS but with a couple of key differences. As with the rest of the instinct family it has a slight down turn but isn't aggressively asymmetrical, while being relatively wide in the toe box. It retains the same excellent heel, toe box and fit, but has a softer mid sole & out sole thanks to the use of Vibram XS Grip 2 instead of XS Edge found on the VS.
This creates a much softer shoe making it more sensitive out of the box & better for smearing than the more edging focused Instinct VS. The softness of the shoe makes it particularly suited to use on plastic and grit smearing, especially for climbers with a lighter frame who don't need the support & stiffness of the XS Edge.
An added bonus of the softness is that they feel more sensitive out of the box, and as such require less time to break in.
I found the sizing to be pretty similar to the Instinct VS, but as they're a little softer out of the box some people squeeze down an extra 1/2 EU size. On normal street shoe size it is about 2 EU sizes down -Dan
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For tough Sports climbs and committed bouldering moves you need ultimate confidence in your shoe - this is where the design and technology in the Instinct VS-R comes into its own.
Inspired by the request of many of our global athletes, in particular those competing on plastic, the new VSR offers the option of a softer rubber in your quiver of shoes. Same last, rands and characteristics of the legendary Instinct VS, but this version will appeal to plastic masters and those of fighter frame, where the extra feel and sensitivity of the Grip 2 compound will be best suited.