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david's Passions

Sport Climbing
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hoipolloi wrote a review of on September 3, 2012

Hike hard, climb harder.
5 5

I am hard on shoes. I hike a lot, I climb even more. In the Sierra I love wearing a pair of shoes to get to a climb, and then climbing it in that same pair of shoes. To do this you need a shoe that is comfortable enough to hike in, but can actually climb. That's where the Bolt comes in.

I would compare the bolt to the 5.10 Guide Tennie, but this shoe is far more comfortable than the flat bottomed and archless guide tennie. The bolt is more durable too, in my opinion.

This past spring I climbed a hard aid route in The Black Canyon (La Visage, VI 5.10 A3+, the A3+ being a laughable sandbag). I wore a pair of these because I knew that I would have to go from aid climbing to free climbing and needed something on my feet that could do both. These things were perfect. I could stand in the aiders and have the arch support needed to keep my feet from getting smashed, and I could step out of the aiders for some hard, scary 10- free climbing.

So the bottom line, this is the shoe. The large toe rand helps the shoe last longer (I always wear holes in my shoes before the soles are even close to being worn out, the toe rand is key).

I would recommend these shoes to anyone who likes to approach, scramble and climb in the same pair of shoes.

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hoipolloi wrote a review of on September 3, 2012

4 5

I got a pair of these over the winter and have since worn them for everything from hanging around, climbing El Cap or scrambling in the Sierra.

These are a great approach shoe or hiker for more substantial missions than a quick jaunt to the crag. You can put the miles down in these things, and climb in them too. I have worn them for soloing lots of easier climbs like Cathedral Peak in Tuolumne and love them for that. I would say they excel as a hiking/approach shoe (which is what they were made to be, no doubt, not a true approach and climb shoe, check out the Bolt for that).

Overall, the design is really nice, I do wish that the toe rand extended about 3 or 4 inches farther back on the outside edges, this is always a problem on shoes for me. I do so much climbing in my approach shoes that this is always a weak spot.Despite that, I definitely recommend them.

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hoipolloi wrote a review of on September 3, 2012

5 5

I've been wearing the cruzers for about 5 or 6 months now and they are the best shoes I have owned for descending after big traditional climbs. They are light weight and don't take up much space so I can put 'em onto my harness without issue. I can approach,scramble and descend in them no problem.

These fit like a 'barefoot' shoe and are pretty minimalist, but I have worn them for several mile approaches and descents without any issue.

I love these things and would highly recommend them.

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