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Camp Four (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 3.80/5 Average Rating : 3.80/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Approach Shoes

Five Ten Camp Four 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: gandolf, 2008-12-18


I bought these shoes because I wanted something that was lighter than a boot and offered more support than a tennis/running shoe. This shoe fit that bill perfectly. After several trips into the Grand Canyon (with pack weight around 25 - 30 lbs.), 100's of miles of day hikes in the mountains around my house, and numerous backcountry rock climbing approached these shoes are still holding up great. They are not a technical rock shoe, but work great on approaches. The sole is very sticky and still has good grip even when wet.


Fury (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Approach Shoes

Mad Rock Fury 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: gandolf, 2008-07-22


I wore the Fury's on a week long climbing adventure into the Zion backcountry. They performed great as a hiking boot and as a climbing boot. The rubber is really sticky. I even had to kick steps into steep snow, which the Fury's did with ease. I would suggest these boots to anyone looking for a beefy approach shoe. These boots are a little on the heavy side and are also sized small. I normally wear a street size 10.5 and bought a size 11 in the Fury's.
I also have a pair of FiveTen Guide Tennies. The Guide Tennies are a better climbing shoe, but the Guide Tennies do not hold up to extended hiking (the soles delaminate very badly). I have been very happy with the performance of the Mad Rock Fury's.


Chameleon (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.38/5 Average Rating : 4.38/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Velcro

Acopa Chameleon 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: gandolf, 2008-02-07


I waited a couple of month's to right this review to give the shoes a chance to break in or break down. These shoes are great for smearing but don't edge that well. It may be that I ordered a size that will allow me to wear them all day. The rubber is fantastic. I really like climbing in them, but they take some getting used to (they are very stiff). I am also happy to report that I haven't had any problem with the construction of the shoe. I would probably order a half size smaller (I ordered the same size as my street shoe, for comfort). They also turn your foot a weird shade of green by the end of the day. But all in all, a great shoe.


Guide Tennie (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.40/5 Average Rating : 4.40/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Approach Shoes

Guide Tennie 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: gandolf, 2007-04-20


I like the way these shoes fit and the rubber is really good for approach shoes. I do think that the workmanship could be alot better. After only a couple of months of light use, the rubber at the end of the toes, on both shoes, started to de-laminate. I was wearing them while hiking/climbing in Zion and the front 1/3 of the sole on the right shoe came completely unattached from the rand. I had to tape the shoe up for the final 2 miles of the trail back to the trailhead. If you plan on doing anything other than short approaches, I would suggest looking at shoe that is built a little beefier.


Elios Helmet (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.33/5 Average Rating : 4.33/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Helmets

Elios review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: gandolf, 2007-03-26


I really like mine. It's lightweight and is alot cooler than I thought it would be (that's important because I live in Arizona). I usually forget I have it on, until I bump it on something. It hasn't been load tested by me yet, so I can only give it a 4.