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Shmowzow


Nov 6, 2011, 8:45 PM
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Hello!
I have a question for you more advanced climbers Wink

I've gone bouldering (indoor) a few times at a local gym, and decided to purchase my own climbing shoes, instead of having to rent their old beat up ones.

I purchased these http://www.rei.com/...amp;mr:referralID=NA
the other day, simply because they were REALLY comfortable, especially compared to the others. But I don't want to sacrifice performance for comfort.
Does anyone have any experience with these shoes?

Another thing I noticed about them was the rubber in the the front didn't come up quite as high on the toe as the other shoes, making them more flexible. Is this a good or a bad thing? I feel like the flexibility might make it harder on my toes? Would it be better to get stiffer shoes?

I'd REALLY appreciate any advice guys!
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Good beginners shoe. If this is your first pair of shoes comfort will definitely outweigh performance. You dont want to be miserable when youre trying to learn and focus on your technique.


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With a few exceptions, REI is not a very good place to go for performance climbing shoes. Most of the shoes they carry are more oriented toward comfort than performance and most stores don't even carry their full line.

Those are not a very high performance shoe but it probably doesn't matter as the way you fit your shoe will change a little after your first pair (or couple) and you'll likely tear through your first pair (or couple) pretty quickly due to beginner footwork. Consider getting them resoled when you do.


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The flexibility in the front is better for some types of climbing and worse for others.

As long as your feet are comfortable I wouldn't worry much about shoes right now. I've seen people climb harder then me in dress shoes and sandals, and I've done the same to other people.


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Like they say, if the shoe fits...

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Thanks guys, very helpful! Smile


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curt wrote:
Like they say, if the shoe fits...

...buy two sizes smaller?


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rsd212 wrote:
curt wrote:
Like they say, if the shoe fits...

...buy two sizes smaller?



Curt


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shockabuku wrote:
With a few exceptions, REI is not a very good place to go for performance climbing shoes. Most of the shoes they carry are more oriented toward comfort than performance and most stores don't even carry their full line.

Those are not a very high performance shoe but it probably doesn't matter as the way you fit your shoe will change a little after your first pair (or couple) and you'll likely tear through your first pair (or couple) pretty quickly due to beginner footwork. Consider getting them resoled when you do.

On the other hand, their return policy is AWESOME, so if you get a shoe you don't like, for whatever reason, you can return/exchange them till you find ones you DO like.


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curt wrote:
rsd212 wrote:
curt wrote:
Like they say, if the shoe fits...

...buy two sizes smaller?

[image]
http://media.npr.org/programs/morning/features/2007/mar/footbinding/wang_feet500.jpg?t=1248631050[/image]

Curt

Man, that's nasty. Shit like that needs a "not safe for your eyes" tag or something.


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