Review by: punkbunny, 2003-12-26
I bought these shoes out of desperation to find a women's technical shoe in Canada.
I started climbing in 5.10 Diamonds, and loved them (still do, 3 years later), though I thought that the toe box didn't lend itself very well to small edges. Once they stopped making the diamonds, it was near to impossible to find a women's shoe in Canada, and men's shoes REALLY didn't fit.
I searched, and researched, and finally just caved in and bought the sapphires. I thought they were a little too 'comfy', but boy, did they ever improve my smearing and small hold footwork!
1) SMELL! (the diamonds were lined, the sapphires are not)... after four months of 4 days a week in the gym, these babies could clear skydome during a U2 concert. (and no, its not usual for me).
2) Softness. They are super comfy, but I'm noticing exactly the same breakdown that the other user felt... the leather doesn't 'give in', it 'gives UP'!