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Alex T.

Alex T.

Alex T.wrote a review of on February 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yes they are a little on heavier side but it makes it that much easier to get great sticks with just a little flick of the wrist. In fact I mostly haven't experienced any of the deflection issues mentioned in another review. If you take your time and swing deliberately and accurately you shouldn't have a problem. They are a little uncomfortable on lower angle stuff but you do adjust pretty quickly, definitely use the rubber "snakes" that come with them. I simply cut them to fit where I wanted, then wrapped them to the shaft with climbing tape. When it comes to mixed routes though, these tools really stand out. The narrow profile and flexible shaft give limitless placements and incredible security torquing into cracks. Overall I'd recommend these to just about anyone, except for someone who has never swung an ice tool, or never plans to get on mixed routes.

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Alex T.

Alex T.wrote a review of on December 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 225 lbs
Size Purchased: 45

Overall my favorite climbing shoe I've owned. I've used them on face climbs, cracks, slab, and even some light bouldering and they were great. They even managed to keep my feet comfortable enough while belaying a second on a long pitch in windy 40F weather. I read a lot about the sizing on these and went a full size down to 45. The first time I put them on they were tight and uncomfortable but even after just walking around the house they started to ease up. The fit was perfect after two days of climbing and the Vibram rubber is much better than I thought it would be, though not as grippy as something like Five Ten C4. They don't edge particularly well but can be made to work if the need arises.

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