/ Comfy,wide,all day Rock shoes?
Any user opinions welcome !
Used the Defy - Have wide(ish) feet for that level of climbing they'll be okay never climbed on granite but done Gabbro in the lakes and they were OK
Climbing in Jokers is like climbing in wellies (in my experience).
Defy all the way.
Jokers are completely different - they are a much more traditional shoe with a much stiffer mid-sole. In a similar vein are Evolv Quest AF and possibly Red Chili Spirits.
What size are you?
I've got a pair of Defy's. I mainly use them for my indoor and easy trad shoes. It's not that I need the precision for my harder leads, it is more that the Defy's don't offer enough support (for me) when standing on small holds.
I used a have a pair of 5.10 Gallelos which are a similar shoe, but slightly stiffer. They might be worth a look.
I have wide feet. The Gallellos were a better fit from new, whilst the defy's take a bit of stretching.
Other shoes that would be worth looking at are:
Evolv Bandit VCR
I'm around a 48 ish, but have noticed those little hard heel lumps Toby wrote about last week have developed. They steal a size, and shred the shoe inner eventually.
Got some old Scarpas (?) and Sausalitos. The bendy sounding Evolv shoe sounds interesting, will try the Scarpa mentioned too if I can find a stockist up here.
Many thanks for the advice folks appreciated!
hard heel lumps?
what are they ?
Might be named 'heel spurs'? Caused by years of wearing I'll fitting big boots, and too tight rock boots!
Depends on your feet. Personally I thought the jokers were pretty awful but each to their own. The Defy are very soft and will be tiring on a whole day on smaller holds if you haven't got strong feet. I'd be inclined to go stiffer for an all day shoe and so 5.10 Galileos or Anasazi Verdes would probably be my choice but I've got 5.10 shaped feet :-)
Having said all that, I've not seen a doctor about it beyond asking an old mate over Facebook! So treat it all with a half tonne of salt.
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