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Reviews by benbro (2)


Optimus Prime (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.20/5 Average Rating : 4.20/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Velcro

Best shoes i've owned so far 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: benbro, 2011-11-16


I am on my second pair of these after having the first ones resoled once. These are a fantastic shoe, size them .5 sizes bigger than the pontas/other mid-performance evolv shoes. Even at that size the breaking is pretty painful (I forgot how painful it was and was recently reminded when I purchased a new pair!) However, after a few sessions or 6-8 hours of wear they should start to feel perfect. They edge like a and work great for hard micro foot bouldering and steep climbing, and even do ok on off-vertical slabs once they are broken in. From granite to sandstone to limestone, these shoes really seem to work on anything vertical to very steep.


Wasabi Climbing Shoe Average Rating = 3.65/5 Average Rating : 3.65/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Velcro

Better than I expected, but I wouldn't reccomend. 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: benbro, 2009-01-24


I found these for $25 on steepandcheap.com, just blew through the toe of another shoe so I said what the hell. I bought a 39.5, which seemed to fit pretty well. I wear a 7 in most evolvs, 7 in 5.10 and 37.5-38.5 in Sportivas. They are very very comfortable, I can wear these around for a long time and they aren't sized super loose. I like these shoes for warming up, gym climbing and long, easier pitches. I have bouldered V6 and climbed 5.11 in these shoes, but the shoes made it that much harder. The rubber sucks, they are way too soft, and the toes are way too high profile, and the velcro closures don't really work...but, for $25, the were a real value...i would feel terrible if i paid $95 bucks for these though, yuck. Great if you're looking for a comfy shoe for climbing easier things that is cheap.