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- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I kicked Chuck Norris' ass in these shoes.
Will you be stocking smaller sizes? In nepal top evos I am a women's 39.5
Unfortunately, at this time Backcountry.com is not scheduled to stock any sizes below EU 41. Check out the women's Scarpa Gecko Guide for a great alternative approach shoe: http://www.backcountry.com/scarpa-gecko-guide-shoe-womens
A. A town in the Nagqu Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China
B. An ethnic group native to Buganda, a subnational kingdom within Uganda
C. By far the most versatile shoe I have ever owned.
D. All of the above
If you answered D you were right but really the only answer that matters is C. I really cannot stress how versatile these shoes are. So far, I have:
Climbed 5.8 trad
Free-ride Mountain biked
Ordered a large Americano at Starbucks
In all honesty, I feel a bit bad about putting the last one on there - I went through the drive through so the role of the shoe was limited.
In all seriousness, the versatility of these shoes is amazing. - read more at 307andbeyond.tumblr.com
The soles peel off prematurely. la sportiva does not provide return shipping labels and you will have to pay to have them shipped. they will not resole them either tho their description states multiple resoles.
Can Ganda be resole ? Where it should take to be resole ?
Yes it can.
I was very impressed with this shoe but is not my first choice, especially if your doing a lot more hiking than climbing. However, if I desided I was only bringing one pair of shoes to go on a climbing outting these would so be the ones. They are more like a climbing shoe than a hiking shoe and can do both tasks well. One thing to note, the lacing comes right down to the toe and is quite wide. If you spend a lot of time in places where sand and small rocks or twigs can get into your shoes then these will probably drive you nuts!
pricey, but worth the money spent as you will get a great approach shoe from sportiva that will outlast your expectations
I have used these so far for approaches in the adirondacks, joshua tree, the tetons, and LCC in Utah.
They climb quite well, I climbed all of lower and upper Exum on the grand in these and felt quite confident in them. The fit can really be pulled in tight to feel more like a climbing shoe or kept loose enough to be fairly comfy to climb in. The rubber is quite sticky, and thus wears somewhat quickly. The platform is stiff enough to give support but still give some feel.
Like most people have said they are good for up to about 5 miles with a decent sized pack on. Much more than that they start to make your feet really hurt. Without a pack you could go further. The other issue I have is the toe box is VERY narrow, like a climbing shoe. I have very narrow feet and these still rub the skin off my little toe. I tape my toe if I know I'm going to be in the for a while. These shoes run very warm. I find myself taking them off every few hours just to let my feet cool off a bit.
I was looking at the Ganda as a replacement for my 5.10 Guide Tennie and was wondering how the Ganda sizes. The tennies I wear are a 41.5. Should I size close to the tennie or go up from there?
Not sure how they compare to 5.10 but I ended up going a 1/2 size bigger in these than in any of my other sportiva shoes. These run quite narrow, particularly in the toes (my little toe gets rubbed wearing these)
They're a great shoe; I would have given 5 stars except for the multiple times I had to return and re-send these just to get them right. I ended up with a 45.5 EU and they're still tight when my foot is 10.5 US. A 46 would have been perfect except I had enough with the back & forth thing. They'll break in eventually. So, all said & done, they're a great shoe, just small to fit
Let me say that I have worn the soles off one pair within a little less than a year due to the amount of wear I put on them. And I purchased another pair so that I wouldn't be with out my favorite shoe, while the first pair is out getting a re-sole.
With this said, I must say I've only done a couple trips where approach work was truely done in these shoes. The rest of the time was kicking it around town, an occasional hike on a weekend and going to and from the gym to climb.
A friend of mine at a local proshop told me when these first came out that La Sportive touted that these bad boys were designed to withstand up to 10 re-solings. After seeing the shape my orignal pair is in, there is no dought that these are well worth the money I spent on both pairs I own.
I think the rubber is a bit better durability wise than that of 5.10's guide teenies which I've owned several pairs of in the past. They was still very sticky even when the knobbies begin to wear off.
The best part is that the shoe it's self hasn't broke down like that of the guide teenie by 5.10, and because of this solid build my other pair off getting new rubber put on them.
I also like the fact that, not only do these look cool and they are different than what a normal individual wears, they hike well while being a decent climber unlike most quote approach shoes a whole which truely don't done anything very well when one honestly critics them.
I've bouldered on V-3's, Trad climbed up to a 5.10a's. They edge truely with a sturdy lateral support of a great lace up, while the soles tend to be a lot stiffer than many approach shoes that wear more like running/ cross trainers.
I highly recommend these to anyone whom is looking for a solid approach and is willing to spend a bit more to get a truely great approach shoe.
I really like the slipper like feel of these shoes. Have great support with a stiff sole, and super sticky rubber. Was surprised at the actual ankle support too. Lacing is very adjustable for a perfect fit for the conditions.
Wearing 1/2 size bigger than my Katanas. Toes are a bit tight with socks with dock liner in, but They hike great with good support without liner.
Pricey, but sweet!!!!
Great mountain shoes.
just got down from a 13 day on the diamond with the la sportiva ganda.... for the amount of walking, alpine chossineering and general abuse they did not show any wear point. I'm pretty impressed with the construction and really psyched on the confidence I can have while climbing with them!
Anybody know if these are consistent with La Sportiva's sizing for its other approach shoes?
My La Spotriva climbing shoes are 1/2 a size smaller than my La Sportiva hiking shoes. Both fit very well.
I also wear 1/2 size bigger approach (Ganda), and boots than climbing shoes (Katana Lace). Wear climbing shoes "trad comfortable", though not killer tight.
I got the ganda 1/2 size bigger than my Nepals, and other Sportiva hiking shoes.
These shoes hug your feet like nothing you've ever worn before. They feel like broken in climbing shoes with padded uppers and with soles supportive enough to walk in. I love these shoes for approaches and for climbing up to 5.9-ish.
The laces to the toes do a great job of adjusting the shoe's fit back and forth between horizontal and vertical work. I have hiked about 5 miles in them and they did just fine. Not too grippy in the grass, and they do tend to get hot, but they hiked much better than I had expected from a "climbing" shoe.
I have had to force myself to NOT wear them everywhere for fear I would destroy the rubber too quickly. And it does wear fairly quickly.
UPDATE: I wore these up Teewinot, Mt. Moran, Grand Teton, South and North Maroon Peaks, Pyramid Peak, and countless sport and trad routes - and I absolutely love them. No complaints. Their claim of hiking 3 - 5 miles in them is right on the money. Any farther and the lack of cushioning in the fore foot starts to bother my feet.
Lastly, after a full summer of use the rubber at the toes is getting thin. The nubs are gone. I may try to stretch one more year out of them, but I am doubtful that they'll make it.