Great for the price
Review by: banjolele, 2010-03-02
My first shoes and they were definitely the right ones to learn in for cost effectiveness. They wore quickly, but that is to be expected from a neophyte with bad footwork.
They smell terrible after a few sessions, but that can be minimized by always air drying after a session, spraying lysol once a day, and the occasional lysol/febreeze combo.
The length didn't stretch, but the width did more than I would have expected it to. This wasn't so much of a problem with the velcro closure.
The heel feels a bit roomy, but that I'll chalk up to odd sized feet.
The rubber is decent and fairly sticky, but there were a few times chimneying and smearing that I could tell the difference between a friends LS Miura's and my Defy's.
Bottom Line: A great priced beginner shoe, but the never ending stink makes a resole look doubtful. If you're doubtful about your resolve to become a climber, the price can't be beat. If you're absolutely certain you won't give up (or are already an experience climber), and the cost of a better shoe isn't prohibitive, buy the better shoe.