painful break in, worth it in the end
first of all i couldnt even get my foot into a pair of these in a size smaller than 11 (9.5 in la sportiva katanas). however after about a month of breaking them in and dealing with the bleeding toes they are totally worth it. they lost a little bit of their downturn, but are still comparable to the 5.10 dragons in terms of aggressiveness. Theyre super stiff, which is nice because edging is still viable with a little bit of practice. Smearing is next to impossible however.All in all i gave them a 4 out of 5 because of what I call poor planning flaws. The placement of the seams inside the shoe really caused bad bloody hot spots for me during the break in period. This couldve been avoided with a glue in toe cap liner or something of the like.