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spencer weiler

spencer weiler wrote a review of on December 23, 2014

4 5

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

I got this shoe hoping for a stiffer technical shoe for ridge traverses and scrambling rather than a long distance trail shoe, sort of expecting a hybrid climbing approach shoe that I could run in. A similar product I tried was the La Sportiva Bushido but unfortunately gave me huge blisters. Today's big bulky clown shoes like the Hoka's don't give a lot of "feel" when your on technical terrain, and I seem to roll my ankle in them due to their height. I took these on the WURL here in the wasatch range and they did quite well, although it wasn't as stiff and burly as I was hoping. The endless granite boulder hopping did a number on the tread and sidewalls. This was probably a bit much to ask of this shoe, so overall it did well. I currently use it for some easy 5th class climbing and enjoy them for approaches and short technical runs like Bells Canyon. I personally feel they would wear out quite quickly if you put a bunch of buffed trail miles on them due to their more minimalist feel, but for a lightweight technical shoe I think it performs well.

I wear a 9-9.5 in most shoes, and got a 10 here. Runs half size small.

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spencer weiler

spencer weiler wrote a review of on June 23, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

The amount of padding on the posterior heel near the achilles insertion is about as much as 1 ply toilet paper. Horrible blisters resulted when hiking uphill. Not sure what sportiva was thinking with that. I had to put some sticky felt padding in there to prevent blisters. Also extremely narrow. If you have a wide foot these are not shoes for you. I went a whole size up from my regular la sportiva size in order to try to get some extra width in the toebox but I still found my toes going numb on the uphill. Great technical shoe however if it fits your foot. Very responsive and sticky. I normally wear a 42 in sportiva wildcats and the former awesome fireblades, and even a 43 gave me no relief. I was hoping these would be similar to those shoes for Wasatch peakbagging, talus fields, climbing approaches, and technical singletrack, but I ended up returning them due to the issues mentioned. Guess my foot just wasn't made for these babies.

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