Adam Gillanders

Adam Gillanders

Anywhere there are wild trails or good rock.

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Adam Gillanders

Adam Gillanders wrote a review of on April 19, 2013

Best trail running shoe I've ever had.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just like the title says, with many walking and running miles in them I can say confidently that these are the best minimalist shoes you can buy. The combination of ground feel and protection (on more technical and rocky trails make sure you adjust your form accordingly) gives this shoe a lightweight enough feel without losing your confidence in its ability to save you should you hit something a little sharp.

It fits like a glove. The outer framework of the shoe makes it stick to the form of your foot without much play, allowing you get a more true to size shoe. The toe box allows for plenty of room. Very easy to clean and incredibly comfortable sockless. The laces never come untied, and the small rand in the front will help some when you hit a nasty rock. I also own the winter run version of these which lacks the outer framing, but keeps your feet super warm so long as you keep moving. Even after postholing through over knee keep snow through parts of avalanched over trails, my feet dried fairly quickly and kept warm. I've never had a blister in either shoe.

The one con I can find is that the tread, although not completely disappearing, is losing more than I would like after this many miles. The main source of protection for your foot (other than your form) is the circular lugs. Once this loses its thickness, rocks can poke through the softer material between the lugs. Although I have not found this be a huge problem, I have had a few instances of pain because of it, only minor pains that go away within a few seconds. I have not had trouble with small rocks sticking in these portions like I have heard from a few others.

All in all, see the title of this review.

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Adam Gillanders wrote a review of on November 17, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's a nut tool. Basic and gets the job done. I will agree with the fact that it's uncomfortable to bang on with your hand. Just wrap a little tape around the end, you can use any other part of it as a bottle opener if you're a real man, or just use your teeth. Stands the test of time.

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Adam Gillanders wrote a review of on November 16, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have strange feet. I'm sure a lot of other climbers feel this way as well. Climbing shoes, as we all know, are so different that it is difficult to really suggest a shoe. It seems to me that the Newton is one of the exceptions to this rule. This shoe is aggressive enough to climb high end bouldering problems, and yet comfortable enough for all day multi-pitch climbs. The only downside is one of the bones on the back of me heel sticks out a little far, and these shoes are incredibly painful to take off, but the pain is never there while they are on. I wear a 10.5 street shoe and the 11 are not only good for the comfort, but I can still boulder rather well in them and get on some tiny precise toe work. Add to this the stickiest rubber on the planet and I don't see why you shouldn't give them a shot. Synthetic with zero stretch. The lacing system also allows for a very precise fit, although watch the eyes, they can bend in the cracks and become sharp.

They are super stiff, but after a bit I'm able to smear in them perfectly well, but some adjustments will need to be made if you're used to flimpsy shoes like the mocs. They crack climb like a dream. Highly, highly recommended.

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Adam Gillanders wrote a review of on November 16, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The title says it all! They excel in climbing! You can heel hook super high, do the splits,or get up some good scrambling without even realizing you are wearing them. I slid about 20 feet on my side down a slab (icy conditions on Taquitz rock caused me to slip) and there is quite literally not a scratch on them. I plan on getting the convertible pants as well now. They also dry super fast, and can keep you warm enough.

I'm about 6 foot and around 180-190 pounds, athletic build. The mediums fit me perfectly. I had the larges first but they were a little big and baggy.

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