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Reviews by zenelky (5)

EVO Average Rating = 3.71/5 Average Rating : 3.71/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Velcro

built for narrow feet 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: zenelky, 2007-06-12

These shoes are good for edging, but if you do not have a narrow foot, do not get these shoes. I tried them out because I use a lot of heel hooks and thought that the aggressive heel would do me well. The heel pocket is very narrow and very deep so that there is an air pocket when I am wearing them. Even when I hook them as tight as I can, they slide off my heal during aggressive heel hooks. I have an average sized foot in my opinion (I wear a 35.5 Euro) and was told that they fit women's feet fairly well (which all women's shoes I've worn to date have fit much better than men's). I would only recommend these shoes to people who find that regular climbing shoes offer too much space for their narrow feet.

Kaos (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.40/5 Average Rating : 4.40/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Velcro

good cheap shoe 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: zenelky, 2007-04-16

This is a great shoe if you like softer soles. Provided good edging and smearing, but not that comfortable, particularly in the heal. Seemed to ride high around the back of the ankle that rubbed my foot fairly raw. (I don't have skinny feet or ankles so this may not be a problem for non-fat footed folks). After several months of breaking them in, they did better. Like all Evolve shoes I've climbed in so far, the rubber blew out after only a few months of consistant climbing (everyweekend + 3 times a week...although I didn't use them trad climbing or very often in the gym). Not recommended if you want an all day shoe, these babies had to come off as soon as I hit the ground every time.

Miura Womens Climbing Shoe (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Women's Climbing Shoes

great shoe 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: zenelky, 2007-04-16

This is a great stable shoe that offers a lot of support and great edging ability. One of the few down-turned shoes I've used that are still comfortable on all day multi-pitch routes where I needed something a bit more agressive. I've used them for everything from 5.8-5.11d, face, slab, overhang, cracks, multi-pitch, sandstone, limestone, you name it. They seemed to fit like a glove the first time I put them on (surprisingly!!). I am concerned about the amount of stretch that I've encountered with them so far, they may stretch out before they wear out. You get what you pay for with these shoes.

Yosemite Bum Average Rating = 4.23/5 Average Rating : 4.23/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Resolers

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: zenelky, 2006-07-07

I sent my Scarpas off to be resoled with new rands and new 1/2 soles. The workmanship was excellent, they were inexpensive, and the employees were very helpful when problems arose. The only bad thing, my shoes did come back 1/2-1 size larger. This was good for me since I needed a pair of trad shoes and didn't want to buy a whole new pair.

Apex 2XT (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 3.00/5 Average Rating : 3.00/5

In: Gear: Archive

Review 2 out of 5 stars

Review by: zenelky, 2006-06-07

I've owned my tent for a season and a half now. It kept me dry for the first 3 months I owned it during hurricane season in Alabama. It then began leaking (although I had sealed the seams) through the wall that only has the 3/4 rain fly. I contacted Eureka who did allow me to return it for water testing, then 9 weeks later sent me a new tent. I have used this tent once for a week long outing in Kentucky only to notice my new tent has several small holes allowing bugs in. The new version is a very easy set-up with lots of inside room and good ventilation, but that does not compensate for waking up with biting ants inside the tent.