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geareviewer wrote a review of on October 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Busihudo? Bought these for light hiking and ended up taking them for extended trek in the Indian Himalayas. Turned out to be an impressively good shoe for the job. Usually the kind of rough technical ground like glacier crossing, or climbing steep scree would be the job for a medium weight boot. I wanted to try a light weight alternative. These are not barefoot shoes but they have a low drop. The heel cage kept my ankles stable and aligned. The rock plate kept me from feeling any sharp or bruising bumps. The lateral stability was good but not great, meaning that edging was possible but not as good as with a boot. The bottom tread was grippy on all surfaces and sticky enough on the rock. After a few days on scree, noticed that a couple of the rubber lugs were coming loose but a dab of glue would fix it easily. I have a narrow foot and they snugged up good. I suspect a wider foot would have no problem. Well ventilated but totally exposed to water coming in from the top/sides. I don't love the blackish color choices but at least the black kept toes warm above treeline when the sun was shining. I had to get a size 45 for size 10.5.

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geareviewer wrote a review of on November 13, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've owned a lot of approach shoes ever since 5/10 and Sportiva started that niche of technical shoe. The original Guide Tennie was my favorite and a close second was Nike Air Cinder Cone (back when ACG actually meant something). My main criterion are comfort, durability, shock absorption, and climbing/edging ability. The Cragmaster ranks well in all of the above. Mine are a few years old and have held up well but approaching resole time. I'm surprised by the other reports of poor durability. maybe the quality has gone down in the production recently? The rubber sole is super sticky but does wear down if you use them hard. Because they are all leather, they get HOT. I would like to see more breathability. I have a low volume foot and use an aftermarket insole for a snug fit and better arch support.

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geareviewer wrote a review of on September 22, 2011

4 5

everything about this shoe is nice for a light hiker/approach shoe. The lacing system makes for a snug comfortable fit for my slightly narrow, low volume foot. I think they would fit almost anyone except the most wide of feet. The overall feel is plush and cushy. However they don't have much lateral rigidity which I need for stability on technical rocky trails and for edging on technical scrambles and that's why I won't be keeping them. If I ever need an easy going dayhiker or local crag approach shoe I may come back to these. I never got to see how sticky the sole is.

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geareviewer wrote a question about on September 22, 2011

i have a low volume narrowish foot and ankle. It's hard to get a good fit in hiking shoes. Would this adidas shoe work for me or is it too high volume and wide? I found that Salomon Tech Anphibian fits well. with that in mind what sturdy hiking shoes (for Himalayan trekking) would you recommend for me to try?

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geareviewer wrote a review of on July 7, 2010

4 5

this is a cool approach shoe. Extremely light with an aggressive sticky sole. 4 instead of 5 because not as supportive or protective as a beefier shoe would be, but that's the trade off for a super light agile shoe. Fit my narrow foot extremely well but the lacing will allow a range of fitting possibilities.

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geareviewer wrote a review of on July 7, 2010

4 5

I'm very impressed with Salewa's quality and design. this is a well made sturdy and versatile shoe. 2 reasons for 4 stars instead of 5--The eva cushioning is ample but a little on the stiff side for my senior knees. The soles are not as sticky as comparable sportiva and 5.10 approach shoe soles.
Great style and construction and fit.

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geareviewer wrote a review of on July 7, 2010

4 5

I have owned a lot of approach shoes and was looking for one that hikes and scrambles and climbs well. This shoe does it all...almost. There are many advanced technical features in this shoe that make it light and nimble while being protective and supportive. The only downside, and it's a big one for me, is that the well designed sole is not very sticky on rocky surfaces. In dry conditions it's about equal to the stickyness of an average hiking shoe. When it's wet or dusty footing becomes slightly insecure----that's why I gave it a 4 and may not keep them. Still, I'm very impressed with Salewa's quality and design.

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