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Mark

Mark

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Climbing

Mark's Bio

Traveling the wold for a year with my wife. Follow the fun at OneWorldOneYear.com.

Besides that, I climb like Daniel Woods.

Mark

Markwrote a review of on January 18, 2015

One year and one pair of shoes!
5 5

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

My wife and I are currently traveling for a year around the world. To keep our loads light we decided on only taking one pair of shoes each. The Synapse turned out to be the best possible choice.

I decided against waterproof as they'd get too funky too fast. I was against many trail runners because the tread would wear too fast during much pavement pounding in cities. And road runners wouldn't do for the hiking (and occasional trail running) we would get to.

Then I found a solid review of these in a magazine, found them on sale here and snatched them up. We're almost 8-months through our trip and I'm still happy with my choice.

They were comfortable from the get go and I've never had a hot spot. They've been through all kinds of conditions and have yet to get funky. The tread is only now starting to show some signs of wear (after nearly continuous use). Super comfortable during long days hiking and they dry fast when they do get wet.

Just to give you a taste of how much I've tested them, we did over 154 miles trekking in the Annapurna Himalayan Range and they rocked through mud, dirt and snow. I also managed several miles of trail running in Scotland once and they were great. Now they're my gym shoe in Thailand as I try to put weight on again.

Highly recommended for an all-around travel and hiking shoe. OneWorldOneYear dot com.

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Markwrote a review of on April 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

Happy to get these on the sale price when a 33 waist was back in stock but sad when they arrived and were far too small.

I just bought the prAna Stretch Zion short in a 33 and it fits perfect with a 12in inseam. Bought the Linear in a 33 with 11in inseam but was far too small in waist and leg.

At 6'5" I'll stick to my Zion shorts instead. Too bad, as the Linear felt super comfy and stretchy with pockets, so still 4 stars to prAna for quality build.

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Markwrote a review of on April 6, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I bought this boot a few years ago for a strong, waterproof, backpacking boot that, I hoped, would last me for years. But no.

Felt great in store, best fitting for my feet out of all I tried on. After breaking them in on casual walks and at work over a week or two I started hiking with loads on steeper trails. After a short but steep training hike with weight I ended up with massive blisters on both heels which took weeks to heal.

Stopped wearing the boots for sometime, switched for a more cushioned sock and tried again on the short Portal Overlook trail in Moab. Same result. Horrible hot spots on the heels that led to big blisters and I noticed a very slight up-down slippage in my heel that was causing the problem.

Asked sales reps for advice, changed up socks again, added expensive insoles and tried different lacing techniques all to no avail.

While Asolo has a 100% satisfaction guarantee, they require me to return the shoes through the retailer I bought them from which, after months, (maybe a year of attempting to make them work), I'd feel pretty guilty doing. Now these expensive, would-be backpacking boots have been allocated as winter work boots for snowy street wear and nothing more.

I have a size 13 with a pretty wide forefoot and narrow heel. Might just be my foot but still, "straight up sucks."

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Markwrote a review of on October 2, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm an intermediate climber who had trouble finding an aggressive climbing shoe that wouldn't tear my toes up. I have a size 13 foot and long toes that really curl up in a tight shoe. The last aggressive shoe I owned left me with painful, bloody toes and kept me off the wall for weeks as they healed. Ended up trying the Miura after trying them on in store in SLC and was happy to pay the price, (considering my skill level), for a great shoe that has helped my climbing considerably.

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