Gear Review

4 5

Crack climbing daemons but not durable

These shoes are really great. I went down two and a half sizes from street shoe for a really tight fit, and then within one month the leather had broken in and I had a perfectly comfortable pair of crack climbing shoes that just barely allowed my toes to lay flat (necessary for thing cracks). I just got back from the Creek and I can say these shoes did not disappoint. However, my complaint is the laces and the side stitching. I have gone through five pairs of laces in just a few months and I am starting to get really tired of it. La Sportiva should really have provided some Kevlar laces for this shoe. They just get torn up in cracks. Additionally, the stitching on the side of the shoe has also been torn up significantly due to wear from constant foot jamming. The shoe is getting pretty close to becoming unusable due to the torn stitching which is making the shoes unlacable near the toes (the shoes lace through the leather that is folded over itself and stitched to itself). This is to be expected, but not after just a few months of use. I really would have expected the shoe to last more than a few months for the price. So, overall a good shoe, but just not very durable if you are actually going to use it for hard cracks constantly. I do not like buying a new pair every four months.

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he's right, but that is almost to be expected if you're constantly crack climbing with any lace shoes.