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Gear Review

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Close to perfect

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My quest for the perfect climbing shoe made a pit-stop with these babies - aggressive enough to stand up to my bouldering needs while still able to (sort of) deal with the occasional all-day-slabtastic-top-rope adventure.

Took a few weeks of 2 days/wk at the gym for them to break in; great for overhanging routes that require solid toe placement. I wear a mondo 21.5/US5 and took a 35 in these shoes (versus a 34.5 in the Mythos). I tried on a pair that felt "good" and bought a half size smaller. They stretched a bit when breaking in, but not quite an entire half size. Not necessarily comfortable to spend a lot of time in, but they're fairly easy to pull off and put back on.

All in all, they're a great bouldering/gym shoe. Beware sizing too small, as they never quite broke in enough - I think I fall somewhere between a 35 and 35.5. Maybe someday they'll make a 35.25.

Close to perfect