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RhinoBiker


Aug 30, 2013, 4:03 AM
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La Sportiva Jeckyl/Tarantula
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Hi guys, I'm new here and just wanted some advice. I've been climbing about 5 times and have come to the stage where I am climbing 5.10a (5+) and really getting into it and want my own climbing shoes. I climb mainly sport routes and do bouldering at the local Gym, but I can see myself progressing to outdoor climbing (although mainly staying indoors). At the moment, I hire La Sportiva Tarantula shoes, however I have seen a good deal on brand new La Sportiva Jeckyl (the lace version) shoes. I was wondering if any of you guys would know if the Jeckyl is better or worse than the tarantula's that I hire at the moment in terms of performance, because obviously I want to be getting shoes that are better than the ones I hire at the moment and allow me to increase the difficulty of grades that I can climb. Thanks in advance, Ryan. :)


brinosaur


Aug 30, 2013, 7:41 AM
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The Jeckyl and Tarantulas roughly fill the same niche as far as Sportivas go. I wouldn't expect much of a difference, if any at all, in performance between the two models.
Besides, until you have developed and internalized good footwork and other techniques (takes months/years), all climbing shoes are going to more or less perform the same -- experience, not the quality or special features of your shoes, will be the limiting factor.

Important questions to ask:

Do the shoes fit well? Has the fit been evaluated by an experienced salesperson or climber?

Have you, or do you have, the chance to try them on without committing to a purchase? Sizing varies wildly within the various Sportiva models, which is a pain in the ass.

Are the shoes cheap enough for you that you won't mind wearing them out quickly? The initial years of climbing are the hardest on shoe rubber...


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