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Gear Review

4 5

Great, comfortable climbing shoe

Upgraded to these from an Evolv Elektra. Since I couldn't find these in my local climbing shop, I tried on other women's La Sportiva shoes to figure out the size I needed for these. I ended up getting half a size smaller than my Elektra's, and have been very happy with them. They were super tight for the first few days, especially in the heel area, but quickly stretched to accommodate my weird-shaped and wide feet.

The rubber is sticky and great for indoor climbing - I've been able to smear a lot more confidently with these shoes. The toe shape took a little getting used to, but I love it now. Also, the rubber at the toe is a lot thicker/more supportive than my previous shoes... I didn't realize until I had these just how much my toes had been hurting after climbing in my Elektras.

Some of the sewing on the shoe is a little shoddy (loose threads, crooked seams), and I wish the velcro near the toe went the other direction (the excess rubs against the wall a lot), but otherwise this would be a 5-star shoe!