Hikes great, but not the best climber
Review by: climbingaggie03, 2007-12-20
I love my vasques, I have used them for cragging approaches, guiding, long approaches, and aiding. These shoes are like hiking shoes with sticky rubber in my opinion, the toes are so clunky and thick that it's hard to tell what your foot is on when you are climbing in them. I love walking and climbing up to 4th class with them though. I think they're ideal for long low difficulty routes, like the cables route on longs, maybe some routes in the tetons, ect.
The soles give plenty of confidence inspiring grip, and have shown minimal wear for the mileage they have seen. The uppers on the other hand have not held up as well.
My first few days in these shoes were spent in Joshua tree setting anchors for a top rope anchors course. We did lots of scrambling around to get to the tops of climbs, and by the end of the 5 day course, the seams on the outside of the uppers on both shoes were blown out. I was on alot of coarse granite and I don't think there was a defect with the stitching, just a poor place for a seam, because every time you jam your foot in a crack, you rub that seam on the side of the shoe against the rock.
they are super comfy though, and do look good though, and are great for hitting the town or the crag.