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Miura VS (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.67/5 Average Rating : 4.67/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Velcro

Perfect 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: slablizard, 2008-09-22


Perfect fit, smears good, edges like nothing else, comfortable, precise and stable, yet feel sensible as a slipper but with the added stiffness of a lace up. I can't think of a better shape for my foot, really a good shoe.


Climbing DVD - King Lines Average Rating = 4.43/5 Average Rating : 4.43/5

In: Gear: Media: Videos and DVDs: Climbing

very good 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: slablizard, 2007-10-25


One of the best edited climbing dvd I own. Sharma is inspiring as usual, as all the other climbers in the video. Beautiful places, fantastic routes..what you want more?


Paramount Convertible Pant (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 3.25/5 Average Rating : 3.25/5

In: Gear: Clothing: Men's Clothing: Men's Bottoms

great all-activity 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: slablizard, 2007-10-23


I just bought my 3rd pair in 5 years, I use them for climbing outdoor and indoor, bouldering, hiking, on the beach, snowboarding...traveling...you name it.

The first pair gave up on a leg zipper after years of abuse, the second one got chewed by my harness under the legs. Perfect for climbing, as the temp changes you can unzip or zip up the leg part. Same goes for a quick jump in the river without a swimsuit.
I would only add reinforcements under the legs and a velcro at the end of the legs.


Cirque Pro Approach Shoe - Womens Average Rating = 2.91/5 Average Rating : 2.91/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Approach Shoes

very technical 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: slablizard, 2007-10-23


I was looking for a pair of approach shoes and I am a big fan of La Sportiva, so I got a pair for $90.
I sized them a bit snug, since I wanted to climb with them after the approach, that has been good for climbing, not so good for comfort.
The design is typical of a climbing shoe, apart the obvious "Mythos" lace up system and the shape, they are much thinner than any other approach shoe, they stick very well on any type of rock, dry or wet, are fairly comfortable for the hike up and for climbing (up to 10d so far) less comfortable for the hike down. Your feet are swollen and "tired" from a day of climbing, the shape and design of the shoe offers little grip for the foot inside the shoe that wil push against the end of the shoe. I will try using intersoles.
The small shape of the sole offers great grip on dirt downhill, sometimes too much, lacking any sort of "shock absorbing material" your knee will pay the price of the shoe getting a firm grip on anything.
But try them for climbing moderates...they will feel like super comfy climbing shoes, with enough grip, edging and smear power to take you up hard 10s or easy bouldering sessions.
A very good techincal shoe, if you don't mind carry another pair of comfy sneakers for the drive back...or size them bigger than I did and loose a bit of the climbing performance.


Viper Climbing Shoe - Unisex (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.67/5 Average Rating : 4.67/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Slippers

Viper 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: slablizard, 2007-09-26


Great shoe, a bit hard to slip in (for my foot shape that is short and wide) but once on they feel like a neoprene sock.
Perfect for edges and holes, good on smearing, good foot support, very comfortable shoe. Great sticky rubber, very precise feeling of the footholds.
A must have for any La Sportiva fan.

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