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Wasabi Climbing Shoe Average Rating = 3.65/5 Average Rating : 3.65/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Velcro

Great Shoes 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: saphius, 2007-12-10

It sounds like the guy below me got screwed by the store he bought them from. They were probably $70 'cause they were the older version with the bad velcro. They probably even threw two different sized shoes in the box or someone must've mixed and matched.

I got my pair at the start of the season. Blue Ridge Mountain Sports didn't have any in stock so I sized with a pair of splitters. Turns out the Wasabis are pretty damn tight. I molded in my oven and started hitting my school's gym twice a week.

Since then, I've climbed all over Jersey and at West Point and the Gunks with them. I love their ability to stand on virtually anything. They're easy to pull on (thank you giant loops!) and slide off.

I've also brought them on hikes for when I find random boulders to give a quick go.

An all around great shoe that excels at edging.

Mine are probably too small for me, that's the only thing. I've taken to rappelling barefoot; but, my climbing partner wears Mythos and does the same.

I have to say, I was climbing in Hoboken (found a pile of overhanging, loose rock) a few days ago and found even more reasons to love the shoe :) I couldn't feel like fingers or my toes; but, every food placement was solid. Wish I could say the same for the rock. Broke away in my hands more often than not.

Moral of the story:

Buy the Wasabis. It's hot.

Complete Walker IV (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

In: Gear: Archive

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: saphius, 2005-11-14

The dynamic duo of Colin Fletcher and Chip Rawlins create a seamless and gripping account of what is often simply referred to as “walking.” From the beginning, the authors catch the reader’s attention with stories and wit and provide critical information for the initiate and advanced outdoorsman.The book is filled with practical knowledge including the selection of gear, planning trips, Leave No Trace, choosing campsites, ailments, and a million other topics. However, the most critical element that the book instills is the view of a pack as a “house on your back.” Indeed, this is the driving factor that separates [i]The Complete Walker[/i] from other books.Overall, the philosophy keeps the text interesting.I first picked up [i]The Complete Walker IV[/i] expected a book that I would thumb through like any other manual. Instead, I found myself reading every page in detail, often stopping to think about the authors’ comments or dialogue.My simple conclusion: [i]The Complete Walker[/i] is the outdoorman’s bible.

Torre GTX (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Boots

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: saphius, 2005-09-21

My pair of Torre GTX’s have seen extensive use over two years. I’ve met several owners, all very, very happy, and my hiking/camping buddy uses his pair as extensively as I.

My Torres have gone through week long hikes in the Adirondacks, minor climbing, snow hikes, running through the mud and through rivers playing paintball, hours of walking over ice/snow supervising a Klondike race, prolonged exposure to intense rainstorms, and have hiked through swamps, forests, and everything in between in NJ, NY, and Penn.

While not being used on adventures, my Torres have served as protection from my former high school’s campus style layout in NJ—the buildings were built on swamp land, just imagine rainy days. As soon as winter starts, I’ll be bringing my Torres to my college campus to ensure my survival on snowy days.

As if endurance and waterproofing weren’t enough, the Torres fit my feet perfectly. From day one I was able to run around in the boots and they flexed enough that I could jump in them and, indeed, play soccer in them (I wasn’t going to destroy other shoes playing on a muddy field for gym in high school).

Through constant use they proved themselves waterproof, comfortable, perfect fitting, not overly heavy, full of powerful grip, and well worth the $150 I paid for them. Whenever my pair falls apart (they’re not even close to it yet), I will definitely buy another.

Due to the lack of problems, awesome fit, and great endurance, I give the Torre GTXs a 5.