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Cobra Shoe (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.46/5 Average Rating : 4.46/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Slippers

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: neuroshock, 2004-09-09

my favorite pair of shoes! sadly, they've been discontinued. if you can still find a pair, get 'em. even better, if you find a pair in size 41.5, get them for me and i'll pay a premium!

i sized these down 2 full sizes from my street shoes as they're unlined leather. they've stretched out perfectly for my feet; they fit like gloves. my feet lie pretty much flat in the shoe and i can wear them for several hours straight. note: mine have streched out so that the toe is no longer downcurved; you may get a different result. the breakin period was moderate; a couple handfuls of training sessions indoors did the trick.

at the same time, they're technical enough that i've done most of my hardest ascents in them while bouldering, crack climbing, and face climbing.

Bora 40 Average Rating = 4.80/5 Average Rating : 4.80/5

In: Gear: Archive

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: neuroshock, 2004-09-09

i love my bora 40. it's just the right size for me to take cragging, whether it be sport, trad, or ice. the volume is just enough to hold all the gear i desire, yet not so large that i'm tempted to overpack (haven't yet thought of trying the fast-and-light philosophy). it's been necessary, on occasion, for me to carry nearly all the gear; thankfully it all (rack, rope, shoes, couple liters of water, basic first-aid kit, change of clothing) fits nicely.

the hipbelt is removable, which has been a bonus when i'm flying. the hipbelt, shoulder straps, and back panel are nicely padded; i don't feel the weight i'm humping as much on an approach.

i wouldn't, however, climb with this pack on if it can be helped. the side pockets would be nicer larger; they seem to only hold tent poles or a wand.

i was able to snag this at the Phoenix Bouldering Contest a few years ago for $130. for that price, it was well worth it.