Gear Review

4 5

great boot for long approaches

I cant compare the stickiness to any other approach shoe, as this has been my first approach shoe, but on the approach scramble on the sandstone of the red rocks in NV, these things didnt slip one bit. they stuck like glue on the smears and gave me alot of confidence going up with a large pack, and descending the gullies after a climb. Also was a very comfortable shoe for the hike in before the scrambling started

they are pricey though, and take slightly longer to put on and lace up because of the high top design. but I am definitely glad I spent the money.

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longer term update on this shoe/boot. I used them on a trip to climb Ingalls Peak in WA. from trailhead to trailhead. they are great to hike in, but dont do so well kicking steps into snowbanks. at least not compared to a plastic mountaineering boot. however, they got the job done, and only got a little wet from the snow, but they dried overnight fairly well. The summit of ingalls peak is 3 or 4 pitches of 5.4 on glass-like rock. these boots had great smearing and surprisingly good edging. i never once wished i was wearing my climbing shoes. the more i wear them and use them, the more i like them.