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nfbouldering


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Lookin for your opinion on what approach shoe I should buy! Five Tennies, Montrail, maybe even Rock Jocks! Input would be appreciated!

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If your doinga bunch of boulder hoping, then buy five Ten's. If not buy what fits right. Walk around the store in them for an hour and try not to buy anymore gear. But my two shoes of choice other than my chacos are Merrils and salomons. REI is great about getting you into the right shoe and right fit.

Rember, don't buy them if they are just o.k. in the store, they will suck after an hour hike on a rough trail.


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I love my Montrail D7s for 20 mile days in the Sierras, boulder hopping, scree sliding, and Class 3 and 4 climbing. They are ligheigt and as comfortable as a running shoe.

Rock Jocks are not an approach shoe. I would say they are a comfortable climbing shoe. Maybe good for multipitch trad?


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I have an older pair of Salomon "Raid Race" shoes... They are awesome because: quick tie/untie, waterproof, super durable! This is what I look for in approach shoes. After 4 years of heavy use (including about 26 CO 14'ers), they are about to wear out... I am looking at the new merrels with the Gore-Tex XCR...

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Thanks for the input! I am more or less looking at boulder hopping in Squamish and for approachs and easier climbs during approachs!

I think that it is a toss up between Five Tennies and Montrail's D7's

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I LOVE MY 5.10 GUIDES JUST GOT UM BEST SHOE EVER
just my input


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chacos for life


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I really like my guide tennies. nice and sticky rubber, comfy, great for warmup climbs, nice enough to wear around town, etc. A non climber even remarked that they looked good. only problem seems to be durability, but what else would you expect from 5.10?


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FOR SALE:

Pair of 5.10 Guide Tennies size 10.5 US, very lightly used and in awesome condition. Tons of dot rubber left. Great approach shoes, just a tad too small for me. These probably run 1/2 size smaller than the tag indicates.

Asking $40 plus s&h from CA.

These are the '03 model that look like this:
http://www.mgear.com/...Ten/m_121271_s04.jpg

PM if you're interested. This is a great deal!


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The 5.10 Guide shoes have serious quality issues. I know a guide who went through 6 pairs in 1 season, a buddy who pulled the toe off after crawling around with his 6 month old son for a 1/2 hour, and a buddy who's had to reglue the rubber on probably 5 times by now. I know a few more than have "smaller" delaminating issues, where the rubber is "only" peeling away a 1/4" or so...

I love my Nike Switchblades, but they're discontinued...

I have a buddy that loves his Montrail D7's, but thinks they're a little too stiff; and a I have a few friends that love their La Sportiva approach shoes.

Just see what fits your foot, but my advice is to steer clear of 5.10.

Jim


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The 5.10 Guide shoes have serious quality issues. I know a guide who went through 6 pairs in 1 season
You would think about switching to a different shoe after the first couple problems.


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The 5.10 Guide shoes have serious quality issues. I know a guide who went through 6 pairs in 1 season
You would think about switching to a different shoe after the first couple problems.

He just kept sending them back, he didn't pay for all but the first pair. After pair six he said "f* it" and went La Sport from then on out.

Jim


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chacos for life


You know it. I wear my chacos every day, everywhere I go. I even climb in them.


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Vasque Valhalla's. I love em, climb great, comfortable, and bomber.
they also have stealth rubber on em.


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I'm digging the D7's...so far. They seem to be holding up pretty well, and they fit well, which is the most important.


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I like going light. I use trail runners. Currently, I love my Pearl Izumi Take+ shoes. Stable, sticky, comfy, take abuse well (kevlar padded microfiber uppers) and I got them for $40 at the outlet!


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:( The '03 Guide Tennies were the worst for quality control issues. That was early in their production. They have gotten better. My '03's blew out in the toe area. I sent a jpeg to the online retailer where I got them, and they sent me a return number for 5.10. Sent them back, and 3 weeks later a new pair showed up at my door :) After a few trips to Red Rocks, J-Tree etc. and cragging around our Gunklands, they are showing some wear and tear. Laces look like they will break sometime. Despite all of these longevity issues, I wouldn't trade them. I messed up and forgot my Mythos the other day, and climbed several 5.9's in them, having only followed 5.7 in them before, I was impressed, just tightened the laces a bit! :D


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I like my Evolv Strykers.

http://www.evolvesports.com/...%20shoes/Stryker.jpg

Redesigning this year. These old models are great for edging and smearing. I like the ability to pull the whole foot forward by relacing the top eyelet.


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I'm digging the D7's...so far. They seem to be holding up pretty well, and they fit well, which is the most important.

I have tested each of the "approach" shoes since the Nike "Lava Dome", maybe 20 years. (Those were awesome BTW.)

The Montrail D7 is the best of the best, holding up well to hiking and climbing, Of course, you will hear differing opinions from company loyalists, but I get other shoes for virtually free, and will not get anything other than D7's, which I pay for.

Great product!!!


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Bought a pair of 5.10 mtn. masters last summer. I wore them sporadically, maybe 10 times. The sole is delaminating off the shoe. The treads are virtually unworn.

I'm sending them back to 5.10 for a replacement pair, sounds like i might be sending them back a lot!!!!!!

i did like the fit and the grip is outstanding


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I've only been climbing for about 30 years, so my opinion may not matter....BuuuuuuuT; I agree with the posts above that say 5.10 h quality control problems. All the 5.10's I've owned over the years have inferior quality leather and upper material in general. The soles are great, but the shoes suck. I've quit buying them.

Lowa makes a great approach shoe that also ain't half bad for aid routes. I don't recall the model name. They're red leather, and slightly beefy and I feel comfortable 3rd classing 5.8 in them. Damned good shoes. Should last a couple years.


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Here's another vote for the Montrail D7's. They are my primary approach shoe and wall boot. They've held up well to some severe thrashing resulting from aiding and are still nice and sticky.

A second option are the Evlov Strykers. Brian makes an excellent product and the rubber on those is the stickiest I've used in an approach shoe. I'm not a big fan of the color (same as the one listed above), but they have worn excellent. His shoes tend to be a little small for the size and I'd recommend buying a 1/2 size larger than normal if you go with them. You can't beat his customer service.

Ed


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D7's.
I've climbed 5.5, bouldered V2, and hiked 15 miles in them. Nice shoes. Comfy, and so far they are holding up great.


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and I got them for $40 at the outlet!

mine were $40 too!! :lol:

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there are many, many bizarre things going on in this pic :shock:
http://i3.photobucket.com/...snedorolik/elisa.jpg
whats weird about climbing in boots? :P

Aren't you the host of "Town Haul"?

Um....actually, the haul broke down due to the sea water and humitidy. Now I sit around on the beach all day and day dream about the perfect set of classy approach shoes...soft soles, sticky rubber, 3" heels. my publicist says its hot. 8^)

when not prancing about in said/pictured boots, i use flip flops. in other climates i pull out an old pair of asics, or some hiking boots with nice grippy rubber, depending on terrain and - of course - matching accessories. :P


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Sweet...pics of a lady in boots on a wall!!! What have I started!!!!

I think that it is goin to be D7's as the choice!!

Thanks for the advice folks.....

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