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Hiking & Camping
Climbing

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rmp2546899 wrote a review of on November 23, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I've been wearing these shoes for over a month, sport climbing on the east coast. They have performed excellently in all arenas: from steep sloper-jugs, to techy slaps. if where you are climbing, requires a lot of smearing and twisting, these are the shoes. Because the "No-Edge" rands, you can really twist and roll around on your toes, without worrying about a foot pop. This allows for intuitive movement, and quick foot placements. However, if you require power edging, these shoes do not provide excellent support.

The unlined, leather uppers are incredibly comfortable, and stretch a lot. The have a similar to the Miura VS's. Once they are broken in, they do not feel real aggressive. The glue La Sportiva uses is rather weak. Parts of the rand, and the toe patch are starting to separate from the shoe, as the rubber has a bulky fit on the shoe. I had the same problem with the Rubber splitting on from the heel.

My other shoes
La Sportiva Boulder X: 42.5 (street fit)
La Sportiva Lace-up Katana: 39.5 (comfort/tight fit)
La Sportiva Testarossa: 38.5 (tight fit)
La Sportiva Solution: 38.5 (very tight fit)
La Sportiva Futura: 38.5 (comfort/tight fit)

I thought these broke in rather quickly; after a few pitches.

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rmp2546899 wrote a review of on March 18, 2014

5 5

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

These are a very comfortable pant for rock climbing. The fabric stretches well, so they do not restrict any movement. Also, the cut is nice, they are not too tight and do not feel baggy. There is a zippered thigh pocket, as well as back pocket with flaps to keep items in, and not fall out.

The material is a lot tougher than I expected them to be, as well as slightly water resistant. I once saw a review, saying the pant button was too big and uncomfortable with a harness and I do not think this is the case.

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rmp2546899 wrote a review of on March 18, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Good synthetic jacket with modest water repellency for those warm snow days. This jacket does a good job breathing and staying warm while wet. Better than down.

I took away one star because its tight in the back. Therefore when layering, movement can be restricted

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rmp2546899 wrote a review of on March 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

This shoe performs well on everything. It's stiff sole and P3 allows for performance on small edges and the thin toe box gets into pockets well. I've even used these shoes in cracks. Being lace-ups, these will stay snug on your foot, while still being comfortable. The thing I like best about the Lace-up Katanas is the P3 and the neoprene tongue sewn in. I think this helps create that snug fit, even before lacing up.

The sizing is true to La Sportiva, which is Large for the size. What I've worn:
Lace-up Katana: 39 1/2
Miura VS: 39 1/2
Solution: 38 1/2
Testarossa: 38 1/2
Scarpa Boostic: 40
Scarpa Mago: 39 1/2

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rmp2546899 wrote a review of on January 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

These are my go-to shoes. They are the Golden Boy. I wear these first go on almost any route. They can edge, step in pockets, heel hook, tech up slabs, and pull on steep terrain.

These are also, the LEAST durable shoes I've ever had (except for MadRock).
My shoes:
Miura VS- 39.5
Solution- 38.5
Boostic-40

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rmp2546899 wrote a review of on January 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have had several pairs of Miura VS's and I just got the Boostics:

These shoes are awesome at technical edging. They are really stiff, and the shoe has a nice camber to them for back stepping. The heels are really tight to get on, at first. They break-in over a couple of days; now, my shoes have an aggressive-comfortable fit. The toe-box is very spacious, allowing for some comfort, with a tight fit. This toe-box is harder to fit in pockets. This is where the shoe suffers. If you're climbing pockety rock, these aren't as good as Miuras. That's is why I give these shoes 4 stars.
Lastly:
Miura VS-39.5
Testarossa-38.5
Boostic:40

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rmp2546899 wrote a review of on December 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used Petzl Spirits for a long time and these might be better. They have a larger nose to the biners, making clipping even smoother and less likely to get a finger caught. Also, the bottom of the biners are flat, therefore the sit in the dog one straight and don't kink to the side like spirits do.

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