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james tepner

james tepner

Mostly climbing in California, so far...

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james's Passions

Hiking
Mountaineering
Sport Climbing

james's Bio

I will infect you with my enthusiasm for the backcountry and aspirations of mediocre alpinism.

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james tepner wrote a review of on August 8, 2012

Crafty carry
3 5

I was playing with ideas for keeping snowshoes together and attached to a pack, besides the obvious protruding tool-carry under the pack lid or A-frame, and came up with a prusik loop girth-hitched to a carabiner. I like this better than little velcro strips to fumble with gloved fingers plus you have an extra prusik and 'biner!
The attached image is a "front and back" side-by-side

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james tepner wrote an answer about on May 10, 2012

Some brands are just not a good fit for certain feet and maybe Asolo are just not for you. However, if you are just having one issue with one toe on one side you may have trouble with many brands and styles. Have you considered upgraded inserts (like green Superfeet) which can help support your arch and draw the foot back into the heel. Another thought is to try to "punch-out" the toe box a little in that one spot by stretching the boot (with help from a shop, which can also help you with the correct size inserts)
HTH

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james tepner wrote an answer about on April 25, 2012

UPDATE: I decided to try to resole so I dropped them off at (rhymes with Ari Eye) to see what I would get. After I dropped them I heard that Dave Page in Seattle is THE source for this and I was delighted to see that is exactly the vendor they use! (http://www.yelp.com/biz/dave-page-cobbler-seattle)
I got them back last night and I am pleased that they used Vibram soles, I am also impressed with the craftsmanship of the repair and it seems to have been done with much care.
I am curious about their choice of sole as it seems more like a heavy hiking sole (similar to my Koflac winter boots!) whereas the original seemed a little lighter / technical.
My problem was price, I don't know what Dave charges directly, but I was told by (you know who) "$30-60 ish" and when I picked up they said $85! They did lower it to $60 when I complained that I was not called to approve the additional charges.
To resole or not to resole?
Still a tough call. I could have got a brand new pair for $235 (or $180 at backcountry.com!) but they would not be broken in and my old ones would hit the landfill.

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james tepner wrote a review of on April 9, 2012

4 5

My first approach shoes and for the price I believe I chose well. Light weight feel, no break-in, cushy inside and sticky outside. Much more fun for quick-local hikes and scrambles than my hiking boots! The lacing works well and helps dial in the fit for scrambling as well as holding the heel back nicely for hiking. The sticky rand goes along the sides and up the heel (see images.)
True to street size in my experience, I have a moderately wide foot.

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