/ Second bouldering shoe
Need another pair but no idea what to go for. Not a beginner shoe. Will be mainly used for indoor bouldering, then indoor roped climbing. I have a wide foot. Not looking for a sharply downturned toe but some downturning would be desireable, as well as good heel hooking features.
La Sportiva Katana?
I was told they were quite wide
Let me know what you go for in the end as I will be in the same boat soon enough
Like the reviews of the katanas over the 5.10s (also a katana is way cooler than Galileo: deadly sharp Samurai sword V bearded renaissance man)
My advice, go into Rock On or similar and spend forty five minutes trying on different shoes with a shoe bore and you'll get the right shoe for your foot/climbing ability.
Yeah - but what did he ever do on grit?
Prob with shops is that the range in each shop is very small, even at the climbing centres. Excluding the flat ones for beginners & the agressive ones for high end climbers, there's maybe only 3 shoes I can select from.
Anyone use the Boreal storm?
Have a look at Boreal blades, my shoe of choice. Limited stockists in the UK though.
Off the web Bannafingers are good with try and return, fairly painless.
> Need another pair but no idea what to go for. Not a beginner shoe. Will be mainly used for indoor bouldering, then indoor roped climbing. I have a wide foot. Not looking for a sharply downturned toe but some downturning would be desireable, as well as good heel hooking features.
> Any ideas?
I also have fairly wide feet and whilst you should totally try some in your local proper climbing shop, do have a look at the Scarpa Vapor V's - I found them to be an excellent 2nd shoe.
Just bought the same. Noticeably wider than my Evolv Bandits and have been comfortable, but snug, straight out of the box. Not used them in anger yet but have only seen good reviews.
Another vote for the vapour vs or the lace alternative,they are both excellent performers and fairly wide as well.
Found the Scarpa Instinct (lace version) and Boostics were the best fit, and bought the Boostics (typical price seems to be 115 quid though). Didn't try the Vapor or Instinct S though.
I also use a pair of 5.10 Rogues for indoor and easier outside stuff. They heal hook better than my Anasazis, and can usually be found for around 70 quid.
> Anyone use the Boreal storm?
I've had a pair, they're fine if they fit well, I was permanently worried I'd snap the weird drawstring lace-cro system as it felt a bit flimsy...
Turns out the rubber wore through 1st (after maybe 6 months heavy use as a training shoe - lots of indoor bouldering)
I also have fairly wide feet, I've found the anasazi's are great (Whites are the best, followed by VC's - although fairly expensive) the vapor V's felt good when I tried them on and the scarpa forces, although a little less technical, currently using Boreal Spiders as they were cheap on ebay, again good as a training shoe.
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