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I'm looking to buy my first pair of climbing shoes but I know what I want; Something good for all around climbing. I enjoy crack climbing bouldering and high rope/lead climbing.

DO THE PRICES MATTER IN THE SHOES I BUY? If I'm going to buy a $150 dollar pair of shoes, will I send too much?

Can I get the same quality with a $100 or $80 pair of shoes?

WHAT DO THE PRICES ON SHOES INDICATE IF ANYTHING?


shotwell


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Onlyoriginal wrote:
I'm looking to buy my first pair of climbing shoes but I know what I want; Something good for all around climbing. I enjoy crack climbing bouldering and high rope/lead climbing.

DO THE PRICES MATTER IN THE SHOES I BUY? If I'm going to buy a $150 dollar pair of shoes, will I send too much?

Can I get the same quality with a $100 or $80 pair of shoes?

WHAT DO THE PRICES ON SHOES INDICATE IF ANYTHING?

The price of the shoe indicates several things, just like any product you buy.

Your first pair of shoes won't last all that long, so don't pay more than you think appropriate for a shoe that will last for 1-6 months. Most importantly, buy a shoe that fits.

Depending on the crack type you're climbing (probably hands) for a beginner, consider a stiff shoe. Your toes should be pretty damn flat in a crack shoe, but be aware of the material type of the uppers. Unlined leather will stretch and get sloppy, synthetic won't as much.


USnavy


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shotwell wrote:
Onlyoriginal wrote:
I'm looking to buy my first pair of climbing shoes but I know what I want; Something good for all around climbing. I enjoy crack climbing bouldering and high rope/lead climbing.

DO THE PRICES MATTER IN THE SHOES I BUY? If I'm going to buy a $150 dollar pair of shoes, will I send too much?

Can I get the same quality with a $100 or $80 pair of shoes?

WHAT DO THE PRICES ON SHOES INDICATE IF ANYTHING?

The price of the shoe indicates several things, just like any product you buy.
Eh, I disagree. I have worn a $140 pair of shoes and they sucked ass. Likewise, I have worn a $80 pair of shoes and sent a project in them. In the end, it depends on how well the shoes fit you. A more expensive shoe is not necessarily a better shoe. OP: I would ignore the price if you are trying to determine what shoe is best for you. Instead, focus on what shoe fits you the best and feels comfortable and pick out a shoe designed for trad climbing if you intend to climb cracks.


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Onlyoriginal wrote:
If I'm going to buy a $150 dollar pair of shoes, will I send too much?

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Somebody, PLEASE make this a signature. Great stuff!


shotwell


Apr 1, 2012, 5:38 AM
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USnavy wrote:
shotwell wrote:
Onlyoriginal wrote:
I'm looking to buy my first pair of climbing shoes but I know what I want; Something good for all around climbing. I enjoy crack climbing bouldering and high rope/lead climbing.

DO THE PRICES MATTER IN THE SHOES I BUY? If I'm going to buy a $150 dollar pair of shoes, will I send too much?

Can I get the same quality with a $100 or $80 pair of shoes?

WHAT DO THE PRICES ON SHOES INDICATE IF ANYTHING?

The price of the shoe indicates several things, just like any product you buy.
Eh, I disagree. I have worn a $140 pair of shoes and they sucked ass. Likewise, I have worn a $80 pair of shoes and sent a project in them. In the end, it depends on how well the shoes fit you. A more expensive shoe is not necessarily a better shoe. OP: I would ignore the price if you are trying to determine what shoe is best for you. Instead, focus on what shoe fits you the best and feels comfortable and pick out a shoe designed for trad climbing if you intend to climb cracks.

What exactly do you disagree with in that sentence? The several things that I didn't list are supply, demand, and tariffs.

The next paragraph I wrote says exactly what you did. So what exactly do you disagree with?


granite_grrl


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Onlyoriginal wrote:
I'm looking to buy my first pair of climbing shoes but I know what I want; Something good for all around climbing. I enjoy crack climbing bouldering and high rope/lead climbing.

DO THE PRICES MATTER IN THE SHOES I BUY? If I'm going to buy a $150 dollar pair of shoes, will I send too much?

Can I get the same quality with a $100 or $80 pair of shoes?

WHAT DO THE PRICES ON SHOES INDICATE IF ANYTHING?

The higher priced shoes tend to have features that higher end climbers like to have, but you won't likely notice.

Frankly, the most important thing about a shoe is how it fits. Personally, I think you have to go through at least a couple pair of shoes before you get an idea of what a well fitting shoe feels like and what you're looking for in a shoe. No point in buying a $150 pair of shoes when they don't really fit you well in the first place.


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Onlyoriginal wrote:
I'm looking to buy my first pair of climbing shoes but I know what I want; Something good for all around climbing. I enjoy crack climbing bouldering and high rope/lead climbing.

DO THE PRICES MATTER IN THE SHOES I BUY? If I'm going to buy a $150 dollar pair of shoes, will I send too much?

I like to get shoes for free from my buddies!
Can I get the same quality with a $100 or $80 pair of shoes?

WHAT DO THE PRICES ON SHOES INDICATE IF ANYTHING?


Khoi


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Onlyoriginal wrote:
WHAT DO THE PRICES ON SHOES INDICATE IF ANYTHING?

The prices on the shoes indicate how much the manufacturer is hoping the majority of the market is willing to pay.

This applies to to virtually every consumer product sold in the retail world.


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