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Ricardo Andrade

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Ricardo Andrade

Ricardo Andrade wrote a review of on December 1, 2011

5 5

the hybridization of an approach shoe being snug, having vast amounts of control, and lower center of gravity, with a hiking boot is in my opinion the combination with most pros to cons ratio.
Here's a list for easier comparison, Pros from approach shoe include: -lower center of gravity ( taking into consideration that most hiking boots make you feel like you're carrying huge lugs around strapped to your feet hence the name for the huge sole tread "lugs"), the Ganda Guide sits your foot lower into the sole, giving more control,
- snugness, you get the same glove like feeling from climbing shoes which should be expected in approach shoes, except for the toe box area which gives a little wiggle room,
- Stickiness of the vibram rubber, feels just like wearing climbing shoes you can almost walk sideways on them ( i'm normally a tenacious hiker, making sure each step is stable one behind the other... but these make me feel like each step however misplaced it may is as stable as the last.)
also a factor of the the boot ankle support ...
I'm a Hueconian, always out there whenever i'm not eating working studying driving but, I haven't had this much fun running in hueco hiking to the problems though... and i wish i had super fast shoe lace tying finger capabilities... but a slip on boot would make no sense?

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Ricardo Andrade wrote an answer about on October 7, 2010

hey B-Ville! I have tried the new XS grip on these very shoes! and let me tell you, comparable to my LA Sportiva Solutions, (with the old grip) they have a much stickier feel to them, i can smear and feel just as secure as if though i was on a huge foot hold, same goes with edging. As far as the heel, i'm not sure if it's the same rubber, but it is sticky just the same. It's safe to say that I've never felt more secure using the heel.

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