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Solution Climbing Shoe (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.62/5 Average Rating : 4.62/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Velcro

La Sportiva Solutions are the solution to finding the perfect shoe! 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: lwilson, 2008-09-08

Not just to play on words, but seriously, climbing shoes come in all shapes and sizes, and all seem to specialize in a particular area of climbing. La Sportiva has come up with a solution to feeling secure on your feet, while being comfortable, no matter what the terrain.

Like most other reviewers noted, the fit IS great. I have wide feet for a women, but I also have small feet, and 2 different shoe sizes. Till I started climbing in the Solutions, never has a pair of shoes fit as well as these have. I can't fit into women's Sportiva shoes, they are too narrow. I've tried on most womens 'agressive shoes', and within a second, the pain was unbearable. I wore women's 5.10s and MadRocks before, and the rubber on the Sportiva's feel more sticky and seem to wear better than prior brands.

Though these shoes are geared towards bouldering, I've used them with vertical sport routes that had little to no feet at spots, and I felt very secure on my feet. Trad routes are the same. Even when jamming my feet into cracks, I am still comfortable. By the end of a short trad multi-pitch, the shoes begin to feel not quite as comfortable, but I had that with any shoe, no matter how flat lasted and comfy they were to begin with. I've tried them on a little bit of more overhanging routes, and still, its the same outcome--comfy, secure, and they produce.

Thanks La Sportiva for creating such a fine shoe.

Codalix Chalk Bag (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 3.40/5 Average Rating : 3.40/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Chalk Bags

Petzl Codalix 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: lwilson, 2006-12-18

I use it as a camera bag (have a handsized point and shoot) for climbs, as it has a nice soft inside for the camera plus you can zip it shut. Plenty of room for the camera and some accessories, once you're done shooting, it just slips right back into the bag with ease, as opposed to a camera bag that fits snug. I don't actually think I'd like it as a chalk bag.