Gear Review

5 5

Great All Around Shoe

I have been wearing this shoe for the last few months and i love them. I previously had the 5.10 Galileo, which is a similar shoe, so the transition was not that big of a change. Two things that I like about the Anasazi over the Galileo. First the Anasazi are a little less stiff than the Galileo which makes them a little better when smearing and also since it is a little less stiff they have allowed my foot to become a little stronger and the shoe flexes a little better allowing me to really grab holds with my toes through the shoe even though they are not hugely cambered. Secondly the Anasazi is a narrower shoe than the Galileo which works for me because I dont have a particularly wide foot. I feel that because of this they are a more precise shoe and the weight transmission is better when edging. These shoes break in fairly quickly, it only took a few trips to the climbing gym before they were all broken in.
One more thing that these had that I liked more than the Galileo, the heel on these is much better, the heel on the Galileo was great at first but the way they constructed it after a year or so of use the heel stretched out until there was a bubble of air created on my heel that made heel hooking nearly impossible. The redesigned heel on the Anasazi is great, it cups my heel tightly and works very well for heel hooking, no slipping at all. Overall this is a great all around shoe for bouldering or sport climbing and I look forward to trying them out on some longer multi pitch routes this summer.