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Spire Climbing Shoes (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 3.88/5 Average Rating : 3.88/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Lace Up

Review 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: calpolyclimber, 2003-05-05


This is a very comfy shoe. It is unlined, so it stretches... A LOT... Mine started to delam after about 3.5 months of climbing hard. This corresponded with when they needed a resole, so I decided to retire them instead of putting more money into a shoe that was pretty cheap to begin with, and seemed to be on a downward spiral.

As far as performance is concerned, they worked pretty well for me. They seemed to be best at smearing and cracks, and not quite so good at edging. I would say they are a decent shoe for someone who wont be logging a whole lot of mileage on them, but they weren't the shoe for me.


Curve Hex Average Rating = 4.47/5 Average Rating : 4.47/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Passive: Hex, tricams, etc

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: calpolyclimber, 2003-05-03


I love these hexes. I have not tried any other brands, but I have no complaints whatsoever about these. I am a passive gear guy for the most part (even though I have a full range of cams), so I usually place 2 or 3 of these hexes every climb. So far I have not climbed one crack without placing a Metolius Curved Hex. Some say that wired hexes are hard to place in cammping mode, but I disagree. I find it very easy and fast. I can place these faster than I can place a cam.

I HIGHLY recomend the Metolius Curved Hexes.


Clog Cams (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 3.89/5 Average Rating : 3.89/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Active

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: calpolyclimber, 2003-04-29


These are pretty much the same thing as the older Tech Friends from Wild Country. This means they are solid gear, and are well made. The only drawback I have found (I have #'s .5, 1.5 and 2.5) is that they lack cam stops. This isn't a huge big deal, just be careful as always.


Flex Cams popular Average Rating = 3.79/5 Average Rating : 3.79/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Active

Review 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: calpolyclimber, 2003-04-29


I just have the #8 (the biggest one), and it wobbles quite a bit. Its just to narrow for its size (up to about 3 inches). I hear good things about the smaller sizes.


3CU Average Rating = 3.75/5 Average Rating : 3.75/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Active

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: calpolyclimber, 2003-04-29


These guys are great. I have size 3 and size 4. They are very stable and secure, not to mention easy to place. I have not fallen on them yet, but I fully trust them.

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