Rode home from work on my bicycle in pouring rain and stayed dry. When I got home, I wiped the water off with a towel. This jacket breathes well and repels rain like no other. It packs down to a very small size, so it can be kept handy on top of your pack. I don't go on any climbing trip without it.
I ordered these because I wanted something really aggressive, and that's exactly what these shoes are. These shoes can stand on the smallest chips no problem. The problem lies with me, I think. I first ordered a ten because the smallest street shoe I wear is a ten. This was a mistake. The moment I slipped the shoes on I was in pain. I could not stand up, let alone stand on my toes. So I sent them back and ordered an 11. This time around the pain is less excruciating, but still present. The toe box of these shoes seems to really crunch the big toe. I may have a wide foot or something, because other people don't seem to have a problem. I am keeping them because I can handle the pain for a climb. I have a feeling it will get better anyway. Bottom line, If you can you should try these on in a store first. That isn't possible for many, so I would say take a chance on these shoes anyway because they are amazing, just painful.
These are the first pair of shoes I ever had and I would say they are great to start with. They have nice grip and a pretty good toe. I was not able to stand very long on the really small chips, but they aren't super aggressive shoes so that is understandable. The rubber is pretty stiff, so the sensitivity isn't very high. I would say these are good shoes for the gym or possible crack climbing. I had the toe blow out on the left shoe recently, but I think that can be attributed to poor footwork and random chance. La Sportiva rubber is usually really good. Bottom line, these are great all day shoes that can be used for a variety of climbs. They are not superb for any one type of climbing, but they are definitely good.
I ordered them a couple weeks ago and went with 2-day shipping because I was that excited. I have worn them every day since I received them and couldn't be happier!
I have heard that they can be uncomfortable in the beginning because they have high arches, but I didn't have a problem. The only problem might be adjusting the straps for a proper fit, but just follow the instructions and it shouldn't take too long. I wear anywhere between a 10 and 11 in street shoes, and the size 10 Chacos fit perfectly.
They are comfortable and practical for everyday walking around as well as hiking. They are easy to get on and off, which is really nice when I'm on a climbing trip and I need to switch from my Chacos to my toe crunching climbing shoes.
I am going to wear them even into winter because I love them so much. I don't care if it rains or snows, I'm still wearing them.