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Bandit Climbing Shoe (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.65/5 Average Rating : 4.65/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Lace Up

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: gearsighted, 2005-06-13

Best shoes I've had after 3 years of climbing. PERFECT fit, great edging and smearing. For bouldering or sport climbing from slabby to slightly overhanging, these shoes rock. Microfiber lining is the best lining in a synthetic shoe I've tried yet. They fit perfectly when you tighten them up at the beginning of a session, and they don't stretch, so I wear them for half and hour straight and never have to adjust the fit. They are the most comfortable all-around performance shoes that I've tried!!

Zealot (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 3.21/5 Average Rating : 3.21/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Velcro

Review 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: gearsighted, 2005-05-11

These were great shoes at first, but after just one day of bouldering outdoors I had delaminated the sole on both shoes...they were easy to deal with for the warranty..but if you want a durable shoe, I wouldn't recommend them.

Splitter Climbing Shoe Average Rating = 3.44/5 Average Rating : 3.44/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Lace Up

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: gearsighted, 2005-05-07

I actually got to break these in for four days in Indian Creek, and once they softened up a bit, I was quite impressed. They were comfortable enough for all day outings, but provided a good mix of edging and smearing prowess. For hand-cracks they were a dream come true, with the padded tongue providing ample protection for my instep.

The only downside was the smaller plastic lace loops. The only stitching holding them in place got shredded pretty quickly, and the loops began to come loose. This can be prevented by one of two things: 1-Better, less sloppy jamming technique, and 2- A bit of shoe-goo.

For the price, these are a steal.

Arborwear (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.75/5 Average Rating : 4.75/5

In: Gear: Archive

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: gearsighted, 2005-04-12

I have always loved arborwear pants...used them extensively for actual arborist-related work, but they've always been a bit too hot for much rock climbing. These new tech pants are the ticket! Breathable, tough, with a good fit, my favorite pair of pants!!

Loco (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.05/5 Average Rating : 4.05/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Velcro

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: gearsighted, 2004-12-15

WOW!! So far I love these shoes!! My favorite climbing is overhanging dynamic stuff, and these really fit the bill. I got a 10.5, which is about half a size bigger than my street shoe size, and they fit perfectly, keeping my toes secure and ensuring optimum power, without cramping me up too much. Needless to say, I don't stand around chatting it up in these shoes, but on overhanging terrain, I'm amazed at what my feet can stick to!! Not too sure about the durability yet, I'll update once they start to wear out. Overall, a great shoe that fits my needs quite well!!

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