The divot on the faces of the slopers offers a little more purchase than a traditional sloper that is completely smooth. What this means to you, is that you can engage a little more than normal on these slopers. What makes them "Steep Wall" is the slight incut. This is a great choice for beginners on vertical walls. This set will yield V2 on vertical quite easily. Maybe even V1 depending on how you grade. On a 45 degree wall, there are some random divots than you can thumb-scum on which eases up their difficulty.