Onsight Rock Gym

5335 Western Avenue

Knoxville, TN 37921

(865) 888-9123

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5335 Western Avenue
Knoxville, TN, 37921


Onsight Rock Gym is a brand new, world-class indoor rock climbing gym in Knoxville. Featuring over 12,000 sq feet of climbing surface and walls that soar over 50 feet tall, we are Knoxville's largest and tallest rock climbing gym. Onsight offers top rope/lead climbing and bouldering for all ages and abilities as well as a wide array of programming for adults and youth. Onsight even has a separate climbing room for private parties and events. We are proud to be a part of Knoxville's community! 


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Gear Review: Dry Pointe Shoe Inserts

Yolanda Chen

Long before your climbing shoes die, they smell dead. You know it, your climbing partner knows it, the cute girl who just scooted away from you in the bouldering cave knows it - your climbing shoes stink! And that stench is a sure sign of a bumping microbial house party happening right where you stick your little piggies every time you shoe up to climb. Stinky and infectious!


But there is hope, my foul-footed friend! Meet Dry Pointe Shoe Inserts, your shoe sanitation solution. Dry Pointe Shoe Inserts are triple-layered mesh balls that contain eco-friendly, wide-pore silica gel particles. The inserts can absorb over 80% of their weight and they can easily and repeatedly be recharged in the microwave after they begin to lose their effectiveness (every 6-8 months or so). Just stick them in the toe box of your shoes and the inserts begin working immediately.

Silica gel is used world-wide for absorbing moisture (think of all those “do not eat” silica packets you get with the products you buy), so it’s not like Dry Pointe is using some unproven, proprietary concoction. The contents of these inserts are sure to dry out your shoes (climbing or otherwise), gym bag, or any other damp area (maybe not your flooded basement!).


I have been using Dry Pointe Shoe Inserts for several weeks and have absolutely noticed the difference. After a hard training session, my shoes go straight from my sweaty feet into my dark, cool gym bag. But with Dry Pointe Shoe Inserts, my shoes come back out bone dry the next day. These dried-out shoes smell better and actually perform better. Since my shoes aren’t damp, they keep their shape and my toes don’t slosh around in the toe box. Please refer to the following infographic:

Dry Shoes → Better Footwork → Greater Confidence & Energy Efficiency → V16 & / or 5.15c

Ipso facto, Dry Pointe Shoe Inserts are a must have for the inside of any climbing shoe!

-- Jonathan Carter, Onsight Facility Manager/Head Youth Coach