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Dscott wrote a review of on July 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These are excellent shoes, especially for people with wide or splaying feet! Thus far, I have used these at Indian Creek, Vedauwoo, and the Front Range (Lumpy, Eldo) for the most part. The padding and stiffness is absolutely stellar for a long day of crack. I do not feel limited by these shoes whatsoever. They even perform beautifully on thin, crystally edges for which I'd normally reach for my anasazi's. They are very very stiff (board lasted) which takes getting used to if you've been using only flexible shoes. Apparently, though, board lasted shoes are much more resilient after being resoled (just what I've heard from shoe-guys).

The laces are total crap. I replaced them after a week at the Creek (which, in their defense, is pretty rough on shoes). I'm just now getting these resoled after climbing on them for about 4 months (used them at least once or twice per week and on a few longer trips, as well as the training cracks at the gym). The rubber has seemed to wear out a bit quickly, but I'm hoping some stealth C4 will solve those problems.

In terms of usage, I think these excel on thin edges and any type of crack. I especially like them for vedauwoo, as they protect my ankles and heel-toe like nothing else. They are a bit tough to get a lot of rubber on smearing, but I still feel confident doing so. They do have a bulky toe profile, so they don't really fit in thin cracks (I start feeling very shaky trying to shove them in anything smaller than a # .75 C4).

TL;DR: Great shoes, especially for wide feet. Will up your game in cracks, especially painful ones. Replace the laces ASAP.

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Dscott wrote a review of on November 20, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Update after ~2 years of very frequent use: The front of the sole has begun to peel back, and the sole is almost worn through. I have used these shoes more or less 3-5 times/week in the summer, mostly on boulders and face-scrambling, but occasionally in cracks. The stitching is coming out and the rand is cracking and peeling off on the sides. I'd say I've abused them a lot (I put 100 miles on them in the last 2 months alone) and these issues are to be expected. They held up far longer than comparable approach shoes or hiking boots used similarly and have performed much better. I have (this summer) been backpacking (8-16 mile days) in these and have yet to get a blister, which amazes me. To be brief, I'll try to glue them, but if they are actually done, I'm buying a new pair without hesitation.

I'm a geomorphologist who works in a lot of high gradient bedrock streams, so I need to be able to keep a good footing while taking measurements or climb up/rappel down the occasional waterfall. I have been using approach shoes, but these seem to be much more tailored for river work. They drain very well and the rubber on these is exactly what I expect from c4: superb stickiness. The neoprene uppers won't dry fast, but that's obviously to be expected. The footbed that comes with the shoe is perforated, so that drains nicely. I wear these with some 3mm neoprene socks and did not have to change from my usual street shoe size (13). They are a bit stiffer than I usually like for my approach shoes, but that's a reasonable tradeoff for reducing a lot of the foot fatigue that usually accompanies walking on cobbles all day. The straps are very stiff, making them a bit tough to get tight, but that's really not an issue for me. I wear them a bit loose and have not experienced any hot spots yet. The upside of the heavy straps is that I feel they will take some serious abuse, along with almost any other part of this very well made shoe.

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Dscott wrote a review of on July 5, 2012

5 5

Got this for a geologic field mapping instead of the much pricier brunton pocket transit. The accuracy isn't as good as the pocket transit, but for mapping on 1:24,000 maps that's hardly an issue. Taking strike and dip is ridiculously easy, and this thing hardly weighs anything. So far it's been pretty durable, 3 weeks and no bubbles yet, and I've dropped it quite a few times. Adjusting declination is easy, as is reading the dial while sighting or in dim light.

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Dscott wrote a review of on August 2, 2011

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Update as of 8/2014: I've used this pack for backpacking, climbing, and work, and it's held up great. The fit can be dialed in very precisely and very conveniently. I just now noticed the first tiny tear in the outer pocket, but it's nothing a bit of tenacious tape can't fix. This pack will last me a long time. Keep in mind, though, that the bulkiness of the hip-belt can make it annoying to wear the pack with a belt when the loaded weight is over 60 lbs (in my experience).

Taken it on one 3-day trip in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and plenty of day hikes. Easily holds all my climbing gear, a 60m rope, rack, plenty of water, food, and clothes. Great accessibility all over the pack. I never found myself digging through a bunch of stuff to find a particular item. Some very ingenious features as well (detachable top pocket is nice, and the dedicated nalgene holder is awesome). I took it through a fair amount of salmonberry and devil's club, as well as setting it down pretty hard on talus slopes, and it so far hasn't shown any signs of wear. The frame is also holding up nicely, and is EXTREMELY comfortable.

The only complaints: The water bottle holder needs an elastic locker that is easier to operate than the one the pack comes with. It should be able to be operated by one hand (maybe I just haven't quite mastered that yet).

Can't really go wrong with a gregory to be honest.

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