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Reviews by cruzinsouthoc (3)


Demorto (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.25/5 Average Rating : 4.25/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Lace Up

Great shoe 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: cruzinsouthoc, 2009-06-01


I have used these for several years now on rock and in the gym. I'm so grateful that somebody made a shoe for people with Morton's toe...I jumped on this when it came out.

this shoe is nice and light and I feel like I can do some intricate footwork with them. No stretch due to synthetic upper so unlike other shoes I've owned with a symmetrical profile, these still fit like they did when I bought them.

Great performance shoe. My only complaint is that the tongue on mine isn't quite wide enough to keep the laces from contacting the top of my foot unless I really try to keep it centered perfectly as I lace up.


ATC Guide Autobloc Belay Device (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.60/5 Average Rating : 4.60/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Belay Devices & Descenders

Great belay device 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: cruzinsouthoc, 2009-06-01


I have used this device since it came out and I really like it. I had both this and the original Reverso on my harness when doing multi pitch (always have 2 in case I drop one like a dummy). I eventually made this my primary and the Reverso my backup. I felt that it autoblocked well when I had one or two climbers following and I could pull rope pretty easily for my second. I always like the fact that it didn't have any square edges like the Reverso did - that always bothered me.

I have rapped with this and it was smooth enough for me. Belaying in normal mode was just as easy to me as the regular ATC.

Overall, no complaints and I can't think of any issues I have with it


Vasque Catylyst (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.67/5 Average Rating : 4.67/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Approach Shoes

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: cruzinsouthoc, 2005-08-28


I've had these for two years and I love them...the rubber toe guard thingy is starting to peel back on one of them, but that's it. They're super comfy too. I got the gore tex XCR model and it's awesome to just walk through streams or muddy trail sections.

I use these as my approach shoes and I'll attest to the stickiness of the rubber. Use them on 3rd and 4th class ascents/descents like the ones at Tahquitz. Great for boulder hopping with confidence too. The only times I've ever slipped in these shoes was due to my own clumsiness :)

Seriously, when it comes time to replace them, I may just drive over to REI and get the same shoes again.