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Gear Review

3 5

Funtionally Great, Quality weak

Bought a size US 9, though I measure an official size US 8. Great fit! Great traction! Decent support.

First trip, Cougar Crest Trail, Big Bear, they worked well. 7 miles moderate to rough terrain.

Second trip, 15 miles, Sierra's, rocky, slick, high stepping. Carried 35 pounds. Good support. But, then at the end of the trip they "smiled" in the front and I had to shoe-goo the first quarter inch of tread back to the shoe on one of them.

Third trip, Joshua Tree. Worked amazing as the approach shoes that they are. I never did put my actual climbing shoes on. Did easy 5.9 climbs and harder bouldering problems. Nice edge work and smearing. Then, the other shoe "smiled" and I had to glue that back on. Also, the leather had a small hole at where the shoe bends behind the big toe.

Bummer, I loved these! Not very water tight above the rubber, but I knew that, already. I returned them for some Salewa's, I hope they are better???

Funtionally Great, Quality weak