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Chris Celentano

Chris Celentanowrote a review of on December 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I bought these shoes early 2012 after using a destroyed set of Sportiva "something or others" that a friend loaned me. I have absolutely climbed the hell out of these things and could not be happier. They perform flawlessly on just about everything from a basic screw around day out at the crag, to hard steep sport, to high alpine big wall trad climbing. I wear a 12-13 street shoe and I went with 45's for the TC's. They fit perfectly. Very snug, no foot slip whatsoever, but comfortable enough to wear ALL DAY LONG! MY buddy(Who also has a pair) and I free-soloed a 1700' granite big wall in the Selkirks in TC's. With the climb and walk off we hiked nearly 5 miles in these shoes. Granted, I wanted them the hell off my feet by the time we were done, but it wasn't completely unbearable. I also have a pair of Solutions that excel at many things as well (Particularly overhangy stuff). But you just can't beat the all around performance of the TC Pro's. Edging on the tiniest crystals, smearing, and jamming in cracks are all easy with these shoes. I have climbed hundreds of routes in these shoes and they are simply confidence inspiring. Heck, even on bouldering days when I should be wearing my Solutions, it is sometimes hard not to say "Screw it, I want to be comfortable today" and go with the TC's. They just perform that well.
Also, the high ankle on these shoes was another selling point for me. I have a jacked left ankle that tends to pronate inward a bit. Having a shoe that protects my somewhat exposed inside ankle bone is a HUGE plus! It has saved me from painfully shredding my ankle many times.
I just recently blew through the toe on one shoe and the edges are pretty shot at this point, but they still perform exceptionally well. I will be sending them out to get resoled soon because I can't stand not having my favorite shoe at my disposal. In the end, I will always have a pair of TC Pro's in my bag as my number one go to shoe.

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Chris Celentano

Chris Celentanowrote a review of on November 27, 2009

5 5

As far as I am concerned the Driver X is top notch. I have had mine for two years now and I have no complaints. They are actually more comfortable than most of my tennis shoes and I have no problems wearing them all day. I have also never had to worry about cold feet, even in -30 degree days. They maintain traction on any winter surface and are comfortable to hike in. If you've got big feet like me I would suggest getting a binding set that has toe caps, like the Burton Mission, built into the front strap to protect your toes and keep you from dragging. Amazing Boot! Would buy again without a second thought.

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