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Splitter Climbing Shoe

Average Rating = 3.44/5 Average Rating : 3.44 out of 5
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The Splitter is designed to hold your foot in a comfortable neutral position for dexterity and mobility in crack climbing, long routes, and all-day comfort. However, due to the construction design and upper materials (unlined leather), the shoe can be worn tight, stretching to fit, and putting the foot into a high-performance power position. The toe shape is more symmetrical, which accommodates a toes-flat position better than an asymmetric toe shape. The toe shape also works well for Morton's toe (second toe longest) foot types. The last is flat and the heel narrow, allowing the shoe to lace up snugly on even the narrowest of feet.

The upper is 1.7 mm suede with synthetic lacing overlays for support and control. The lacing extends far down the toe for volume adjustment over the whole length of the foot. The toe rand covers the high abrasion areas and protects the laces from the highly abrasive scraping and tearing of cracks (and rock in general). The midsole is 1mm Texon, providing a high degree of sensitivity and allowing the shoe to break in nicely.

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Decent Shoe 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: climbinskier, 2007-01-30

I've climbing in this shoe for one season now. I have found this shoe to best perform when climbing cracks. This shoe suffers at any sort of face climbing, especially edging and toeing in on anything small. The rubber has okay friction but not anything I'd write home to mom about.

Definitely not my first choice in a shoe but I will continue to use it until it is worn out.

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: blake_wrinn, 2006-06-10

these shoes are my babies. they have a high rubber rand. the rubber even comes up high on the toe of the shoe. the laces near the toe are protected by a layer of suede leather which is covered by sticky rubber for non-snagging while jamming and twisting in cracks. good size rubber-covered heal cup for heal hooking. and a very very comfortable THICK padded tounge. this is a killer all day trad shoe! so comfy! :D

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: baja_java, 2005-09-04

my trad shoes. the women ones sport a more masculine color, except for the baby blue laces, which i've replaced with raw leather strips cut from the withers of a raging bull

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: superbum, 2005-05-08

I bought these shoes specifically for cracks...from the super wide to thin hands (I use the discontinued Scarpa Minimas for thin cracks). and I haven't been disappointed. I give this shoe a 4 because it excells in its intended use area...Cracks. Just for fun, I took them bouldering in Bishop and had a terrible day edging and toeing on the little smooth patina edges that characterize the Buttermilks. These are a CRACK shoe. I'll admit, they do fairly well on friction climbs (Joshua Tree tested), but if there are crucial edges outside the crack, consider slapping on something else.

I have very narrow feet with an even narrower heel. When I first tried these on in the store the shoe's heel contacted mine all around but was not super tight, lending me to think that it could slip out on a hook or high angle smear. So far my heel has stayed locked in place nicely and didn't slip at all while hooking on J-Tree's bearded cabbage (I kept my left foot in my Scarpas for edging though.)

I am pretty accustommed to tight shoes after a winter spent in Bishop, so I tend to lash my splitters down tight before a climb. This is OK for shorter routes, but when the pitches start stacking up, I've found that the widest part of my foot gets uncomfortable pressure and my heel gets sore at hanging belays. I've learned that tying them a bit more loose for long climbs enables me to wear them all day comfortably.

Despite all the negative remarks above, I stick to my 4 rating because once you slot these babies in a crack, you can go for miles. There is no pain or pressure and the generous rubber on the toe side sticks AND protects. With all the specialty shoes on the market almost every one has a downside. Those glaring faults are usually related to all the terrain/situations that the shoe was NOT designed for. If you wanna live in Hueco, then get something else. If you wanna live in the Creek, then these will do the job nicely.

PS: If you find that your crack has run out and you are looking at dicey, thin face moves to connect to that sinker jam 30 feet away and you look down and say, "S**t, my splitters don't edge worth crap!" take a breath, relax, and then think of Robbins running it out in wool socks stuffed into stripped down hiking boots...or Dale Bard, establishing boulder problems that took me weeks to get (in Mad Rocks!) wearing big, stiff high-tops...Then, suck it up and go.

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: gearsighted, 2005-05-07

I actually got to break these in for four days in Indian Creek, and once they softened up a bit, I was quite impressed. They were comfortable enough for all day outings, but provided a good mix of edging and smearing prowess. For hand-cracks they were a dream come true, with the padded tongue providing ample protection for my instep.

The only downside was the smaller plastic lace loops. The only stitching holding them in place got shredded pretty quickly, and the loops began to come loose. This can be prevented by one of two things: 1-Better, less sloppy jamming technique, and 2- A bit of shoe-goo.

For the price, these are a steal.

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