Stevee B

Stevee B

Sierras, Southern Utah, Tetons, Northern Cascades.

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Stevee B

Stevee B wrote a review of on October 31, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times


I love these and am buying another pair in case they stop making them.

Note that Sportiva uses a variety of different rubbers on their mountain running shoes, and they are not all the same. Though not as sticky as the RS on their true climbing shoes, the XF rubber is a durable climbing rubber that can handle 4th class and easy 5th, while still providing the comfort needed for those 5+ mile approaches.

Sure my Gandalfs climb better, but by mile 3 my pads are bruised out. These are the ticket for long Sierra traverses.

I added a superfoot orange footbed and I've had no problems with my pads, and I've been 100% blister free. I haven't had the problem with the tongue slipping to the side like others have discussed.

I've used these for 10 mile trail runs near the coast as well as a few all-day Tuolumne traverses. I've been surprised by how well they endure scree skiing and general abrasion.

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Stevee B

Stevee B wrote a review of on January 6, 2010

5 5

One of my favorite pieces. Big plusses are:
+ very breathable
+ Extremely tough - almost like a leather jacket for abrasion resistance
+ very windproof
+ Athletic fit with stretch for range of motion
+ great looking
Only drawback is you have to be careful with the zipper - I blew mine out on my first one in a year, but Mammut replaced it no problem.

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Stevee B wrote a review of on November 5, 2009

5 5

Sick. Does exactly what it should. The only limitation to be aware of is that the remarkable lightness is obtained by using very lightweight shell material and stitching - it's strong for what it is but it isn't for bushwhacking or groveling up coarse rock pitches. Cover with a shell for those situations. Otherwise, this thing's the total bomb. only 6 oz more then the down equivalent with all the security of synthetic. LOVE.

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