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Jestep wrote an answer about on May 26, 2014

These are quite a bit more aggressive than the elektras but they're not designed for extremely overhung terrain. They're a good all around shoe, extremely good at edging. Will really excel in the gym as well. They do not have a lot of feel because they are so stiff. This isn't necessarily a bad thing if you are confident in your footwork, but many times this works against beginners because they don't have the muscle memory to know exactly where their feet are. As far as progressing to more difficult terrain, there's not much that these shoes wouldn't work on. There's plenty of 5.14 climbers using these as their daily shoe. The edging power can build a lot of confidence. You can stand on anything comfortably with these.

I've owned about 12 pairs of shoes in the last 20 years and these are the only ones I had to size up, which I needed a half size larger than my street shoe. I would go with the same size as your elektras. They're not going to stretch a lot so what you have out of the box is pretty much what you're going to have down the road.

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Jestep wrote a review of on December 9, 2013

5 5

Extremely thin socks. Probably thinner than a pair of dress socks even. These really helped remove some pressure spots in my ski boots last year, especially around the front of the shin. They aren't going to provide any padding, but are plenty warm. For racing or skiing where you don't want any play between your feet and your boots I can't recommend these enough.

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Jestep wrote a review of on November 18, 2013

5 5

Have been climbing for more than 20 years and these are one of the best all around shoes I've found. Lacing system is amazing. I prefer these to anasazi laceups and muira's just don't fit my feet. Tried a few and I ended up going up a half size, which I will admit isn't typical of climbing shoes. As stiff as these are, and as little as they stretch, there's no reason to get some masochistic size. I think you could still stand on dime edges in a pair that is 5 sizes too large.

These shoes edge amazingly. Haven't used them in cracks yet but they should excell. Not a lot of feel due to the sole thickness and stiffness, but I consider that a positive if you're confident in your footwork or just need an edging masterpiece. Extremely comfortable, I could wear these all day long. Very impressed so far.

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Jestep wrote a review of on February 29, 2012

5 5

Not really a whole lot to say. Great build quality. You wont find another tent this size/weight/quality anywhere near this price. The Big Agnes Copper Spur 4 person is the only other tent near these specs and it costs about $500. The fly creek is cheaper and lighter than the Copper Spur but way smaller. You could also go with a tarptent or golite, but you're still pay much more than this for a non free standing tent.

Tent sets up extremely easily, instructions printed on the storage bag as well. 2 poles and a tie down rainfly. Steaks are solid v shaped aircraft aluminum spikes, the kind you would pay extra for. Breathes great as the tent itself is almost entirely mesh. Had 2 adults, a dog, and a 6 yr old and could have easily fit another adult in it. We went through a storm that dumped 3" of rain in one night and were bone dry. Even our shoes in the vestibule were dry through it. I'm 5'10" and can almost stand up in it.

If you're looking for a family backpacking tent, this is about the only under 7 lb choice unless you want to drop $400 - $500 for a BA. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this one again.

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