Reviews for Aztec Rock Shoes
Average Rating : 4.00 out of 5
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Review by: steelgrc, 2010-10-01
I've climbed with mad rock, evolv, five ten and la sportiva, so I really can compare them with other brands' models..
the upper has great looks and real fine quality, it's thick enough to jam without pain and they mold perfectly to your foot when broken in. They are great speaking about comfort.
But in my opinion the sole is just WRONG, just as in every other acopa. Since here in Mexico you were able to find them at a reasonable price a couple of years ago (not anymore! they're expensive as hell now) I've owned 3 pairs looking for them to become a cheap workhorse (aurora lace-up and b3 besides this one) and had the same durability issues with all of them, with toes blasting open in less than 3 months, delaminating rands and generally wearing down as pencil erasers.. Too bad they get completely destroyed before even thinking of resoling them with better rubber.
Overall: great quality uppers, absolutely poor rubber
there are a hundred better shoes you can get for that price tag
Review by: meahtots, 2008-08-20
Very comfortable shoes, molded to my feet after only a few uses. Smearing, edging, and cracking were all fantastic. I can't think of anything wrong with them. EXEPT.....
The only problem is that the rubber rips out of the toe, but Acopa has a year long warranty, so it's fairly easy to get a new pair as long as you are withing the year.
Great all around shoes
Review by: hyhuu, 2008-07-22
I believed I found shoe-topia for my feet. The shoes is very comfortable out of the box and climbs everything really well up to easy 5.12s, except maybe for really thin crack. It edges well and sensitive and soft enough for thin smearing. The unlined leather molded to the feet after a couple outing. The shoes last is more suitable for medium to wide feet. Mine is more on the wide side with slightly longer second toe and narrow heel. I went with 1/2 size down from my street shoes, as recommended by John Bachar. I wore a thin sock and it fits perfectly for all day outing. The construction is solid and so far the shoes shows little sign of wear after 2 months of climbing on the almost weekends.
Similar shoes I used for all around climbing were: Fiveten Heucos & Southwest, Sportiva Focus, Evolv Bandit & Demorto. The Aztec is my favorite follows by the Demorto.
Edit: After a more than a month of regular uses, I have some updates:
1. The unlined leather had stretched quite a bit so that I now need to wear a thin shock for a more precise fit, or else it's a bit too sloppy for thin edging on dime edges or small crystals. Next time I'll order 1 full size down. I also wish that the lace extends all the way down to the toe area for better adjustment.
2. The rubber wears strangely. To be exact, it is pitted rather than wears down like other rubbers. It also seems too soft for my taste. When standing on really tiny hold, I can feel the shoe slides as the rubber deforms. It's not what I'm used to and I'm not sure if I'll ever get use to it. Also, I had a really hard time when the rubber is wet. Other rubbers I used before seem to fare better.
Review by: omenbringer, 2004-07-29
This is a great all day shoe very reminescent of the five ten huecos, minus the liner. Acopas sizing was the same as the size read off a brannock device and stretch is very minimal consisting mainly in width of about a half size. They are comfortable right out of the box and require zero break in time. The construction of the shoes is top notch, having all the detail of the bigger companies at a significantly lower price. The rubber was on par with most of the companies I've used, five ten, sportiva and evolve. The mid sole is very suple allowing great performance both while smearing and edging. Further, the narrow profile of the toes, similar to the 5.10 Mocasym, allows for excellent thin crack performance. The light grey color is great on hot days.
There are a few caveats however; first, if your second toe is not longer than your big toe you may experience some pinching on the outside of your big toe. Second, if your ankle bone is really low, the edges of the shoe may cause some discomfort. And finally, the lacing system could be better with the addition of brass gromets around the holes and a little more substantial lace, as is tightening the shoes is some what of a pain.
Overall this is a great shoe, though, it might not be supportive enough for a beginers feet. I would definately buy them again.