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the perfect shoe?

You are spot on about this shoe. I live in the sierra nevada mountains. I've worn these shoes almost every day for over a year, when much of the time I would have been in hiking boots. The only times I didn't wear these was when I was in ski boots or sorrels (due to deep powder). They have excellent traction on ice and hard pack snow as well as rock. These shoes were perfect for an ascent of Mt. Ritter from my house, which involved hiking in with a three day pack, rope, harness, sleeping bag, etc. They worked well with strap on alpine crampons for the snow field and climbed great on the 3rd class rock. Heavy? I don't think so when compared with the alternative- a light mountaineering/hiking boot. Did I mention they have great support for hiking with a load? Better than many high top boots, due to the heel wrapping rubber .

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BTW, I have a friend whom I've seen lead 5.9 in these. No they are not for edging on on dime size flakes, but they do smear surprisingly well with the dots on the sole, kinda like the guide tennie does. The guide tennie is a little more sensistive and technical, but this shoe will keep you a lot happier on long hikes and with a load.

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update- just returned from a 17 day trek in Nepal. Guides were recommending hiking boots for the trip. You guessed it- camp fours were perfect for the trails there. Rocky, muddy, rutted and washed out terrain with steep up and downhills. I did wear a gore tex hiker one day in the rain because the camp 4's were still wet, but I preferred the camp 4's enough to wear them still damp the following day.