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buckjeep


Jan 14, 2002, 6:51 AM
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Anyone have these as well?!

I was interested in getting new street shoes, and figured hell. . . why not just get some of those. Get the 5-10 guide almighty's for winter, and the sportiva low's in the spring....

Dunno if its just another gimmick of the such. Or if they're actually worth it.

buck


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I've gone through several pairs of the Sportiva Boulders. They are great for 4th and easy 5th class approaches and for the ocasional boulder route. I've done a 5.10b face climb in them but felt a little ackward.
Nothing feels better on your feet when you're setting up that exposed top rope.

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i have my tevas.

sure they're sandals, but they're great for hiking and for 3rd and 4th class approaches.

but there's a weird "teva" smell. not normal foot stink that we've all come to know and love from climbing shoes, but something in the material they make them from. rather an unpleasant side effect.....


colebatch


Jan 20, 2002, 1:17 AM
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Just out of interest Boreal make a half approach half climbing shoe if you've got nothing else to look at on the web, but I reckon it would suck having to clean them each time you started climbing.
It is called the Rubicon.


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Jan 20, 2002, 9:12 AM
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Lowa makes really good approach shoes. They have very good support and good soles. Backpacker magazine ranked them higher than the 5.10 guide and the Boreal shoes.

-sONofSpORk


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I am on my second pair of 5.10 mtn masters.
they are a great shoe. I have climbed 5.6 alpine routes in them.


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I took my first ever climbing class in Yosemite, and the guides were wearing those half hiking/half climbing shoes (not sure what the brand was). But I figure that's the best endorsement you could get.
Personally, I just wear a pair of old running shoes and then slip on my regular climbing shoes for the climb. Running shoes are much lighter to carry up than hiking boots...


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