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IslandClimberGirl wrote a review of on March 10, 2013

5 5

I've had these shoes for over 4 months and I've used them for steep approaches on granite, lime and sand stone about every other weekend; for light hiking, scrambling and trail running (in mud and snow), and they do not disappoint. They are light and comfortable while providing the right protection for your toes when stabbing thru rocks on a hike/climb. I wear them walking around town on snowy wet days and they keep my feet nice and dry all the time. These shoes are amazing. My only complaint about them is that they run a little small. I wear a 7-8 street shoe depending on the brand and activity. I wear a 7.5 on Asics running shoes, 7 on Lowa Renegade/Hiking Boots and 6.5 Five Ten Anasazi LV Climbing Shoes. My feet are really narrow with long toes and high arches and I bought the Firetail in a size 7 thinking that my hiking shoe size will be the same size as my approach and I regret not going bigger in these. A 7.5 would have given my feet some wiggle room or might even be more comfortable for thicker socks, not that the 7 is uncomfortable-- what I'm saying is that, more space for my toes would have been even better. Overall, I am very happy with these shoes. It is a purchase I would gladly make again. Salewa Firetails are amazing shoes and I recommend them to anyone out there that's on the market for a nice, reliable and well made hiking/approach shoe brand.

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IslandClimberGirl

IslandClimberGirl wrote a review of on February 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have low volume feet, high arches and skinny long toes and the Anasazi LVs are just perfect for me. I wear a size 7-7.5/37-38 street shoe size and I currently use two pairs of LVs, one is a size 7 comfort shoe and the other 6.5 for more precise climbs and projects. I've gone thru 4 pairs of these and I just keep returning to this same model even after I've tried other brands. I climb competitively and have also used them on lead comps and they've helped me win a few. I also own a pair of scarpa rockettes size 37 that I use bouldering, la sportiva cobras 35.5 and la sportiva women's miura vs size 36, all good shoes but the Sazis see more action out of the lot. The stealth rubber is by far the stickiest rubber I've ever used. It sticks to the tiniest of holds and works well for smearing. It is amazing even for outdoor climbs with its precise toe and stiff rubber. The rubber is stiff but not too stiff to loose feeling over footholds. These shoes are comfortable and easy to break in, a week or two at the gym does the trick and they feel comfortable right after. If you are searching for a reliable shoe that never fails, pick up the Anasazi LVs. They are worth it!

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