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Sandman570


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I'm fairly new to climbing, and recently bought a pair of La Sportiva Katana shoes. After 7 climbs, a chunk of rubber was torn out of the sole of the left shoe from what I assume to be poor technique on a foot hold. The chunk isn't large, about 1 cm long and 2 mm deep.

I'm wondering if this is a normal tear in the rubber, since I haven't seen similar damage on other people's shoes who have worse technique than me.


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I'm fairly new to climbing, and recently bought a pair of La Sportiva Katana shoes. After 7 climbs, a chunk of rubber was torn out of the sole of the left shoe from what I assume to be poor technique on a foot hold. The chunk isn't large, about 1 cm long and 2 mm deep.

I'm wondering if this is a normal tear in the rubber, since I haven't seen similar damage on other people's shoes who have worse technique than me.

It happens on sharp holds sometimes but most often happens if you're climbing inside. Sometimes there are screws either left in or broken off in the wall when the holds get stripped. If your shoe hits one of these screws when you're flailing your foot around it will tear the rubber.


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Thank you, I don't think I hit any screws but it's possible. Is it reason for concern? I'm worried the tear might now grow with normal use.


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Whether or not the damage will be a problem largely depends on where it is. However, most folks trash their first pair of shoes pretty quickly, so it probably will not be a big deal. Keep an eye on it. If it starts to open up too much, you may want to consider an early resole.


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Sandman570 wrote:
Thank you, I don't think I hit any screws but it's possible. Is it reason for concern? I'm worried the tear might now grow with normal use.

I have a tear in the toe of my shoe from smearing a broken screw. Never realized it was there. It hasn't torn further in the 6 weeks since.


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I've had much larger cuts in the soles of my shoes before. The only time it had a noticeable effect is when it is right on the edge.

If it is not near an edge, then you'll be fine. If it is, then it will be a bit annoying until the rest of the edge wears down (usually doesn't take long for beginners.)

Just be thankful it wasn't your hand or another body part that had the chunk taken out of it!


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Sandman570 wrote:
Thank you, I don't think I hit any screws but it's possible. Is it reason for concern? I'm worried the tear might now grow with normal use.

What difference does it make if it does or doesn't?


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Just not sure if it's a cause for warranty replacement, or if I should sand it down to prevent it from tearing further. Fairly new to climbing and gear use so just gathering info


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Fair enough. I don't think it's a legitimate warranty issue. I might sand, or more likely cut, off any pieces that are hanging loose and climb on. Climbing shoe soles are consumable. Mine last roughly 6-8 months and I get them resoled. If a chunk rips off and they don't last quite as long I chalk it up to variety in the product. They are hand made after all.


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