not perfect, but just right.
Review by: pbmurphy, 2010-01-19
Started climbing seriously at a local gym, bought these a few months ago and have sessioned 8-10 times in them. Nothing besides rental shoes to really compare them to, so I'll just give my initial thoughts.
Fit was a challenge, esp. trying to buy online (bad idea) Street size is a 9-9.5 (puma, nike) so I tried a 9 thinking it would be a bit large but comfortable. 9's hurt so badly in the toes I had to step up to 9.5. Shoes stretched a good bit, and are just now getting comfy. Odd that I went above my street size, but there you have it.
closure is secure and comfy, but lower strap is annoyingly long. shoes are glove-like, very responsive, comfortable but not dreamy. Stealth C4 hooks up fairly well, but a bit hard for my taste. I think as a beginner I wanted a tad more sensitivity. Disappointed with flex issues. I could do more a mush stiffer platform overall, but especially in the toebox. Seems to be forcing my feet into shape, however.
smearing is so-so, edging is pretty awesome. toe is just pointed enough to lock into finger holes and small divots without feeling like an overgrown nail. not too much material around the heel, so be careful about pounding that area. it'll hurt.
I got them on sale for around $45, so for that price I'm very pleased with them. Perfect for all I can do at this point (<5.9)