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Jonathan Greever

Jonathan Greever

Jonathan Greeverwrote a review of on August 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Usually buy Castelli. Sizing is perfect. Race cut with performance in mind. It is warm. It is form fitting. It sheds water. I am extraordinarily picky with cycling kit. And this is the best piece of cycling kit i have ever worn. If you knew me, you would know how big of a deal that statement is. So, if you plan on pedaling hard, you are performance oriented, and you care about style, form factor, comfort, and having everything while sacrificing little to nothing, then this piece is for you. If that is you, then get this. As far as Castelli sizing goes, this is not too small. True to size.

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Jonathan Greever

Jonathan Greeverwrote a review of on January 25, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own 4 pairs of climbing shoes. Climbed for years. Trad, Sport, Boulder, Alpine. I am a size 9.5 US. First Pair: Tarantulaces (42), then Mythos (41.5), then Genius (42.5), now Katana Lace (42). The first was my beginner shoe. The Mythos is my go to shoe for all day wear, particularly Alpine routes for low tech moves (high 4s, low 5's; i.e. Crestone Needle, Capitol Peak, etc). The Genius's are great for overhang boulder and steep sport, but not for anything approaching vertical. This is where the Laces came into play. The Katana Laces perform well on cracks, edging, stemming, slight overhang, face climbing, and even perform well in smearing. The slight assymetrical turn of the last and moderate downturn strikes the balance between comfort and performance. Regarding sizing, I did a lot of research to try to dial it in. These do not stretch as much as the Miura. I believe that shoes that fit too tightly invert the performance curve a bit. Downside from your street shoes 0.5 - 1.0. Half a size down allows you to break it into a comfortable fit within 2 weeks. For a full size down, plan on the breakin time taking double the timeframe, and plan on popping the heal out after a single pitch.

Bottom line, these are all around performers that give you the feel of stick, stability and control (due to the stiff sole and the P3 midsole platform), but does not do so at the expense of sensitivity or flexibility. These do well on everything. They are worth it.

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