/ Gritstone climbing shoes
Looking to move away from the Sportiva brand because its as all I buy. Cheers.
Just depends what fits your feet. Well fitting shoes are far better than ones with stickier rubber or whatever. Try some on.
I've found out over the years that whenever I've thought I was struggling because of issues with shoes, the real problem has always been that I lacked technique and just wasn't a good enough climber.
Not sure how much outside climbing you have done, but feet always feel less secure on rock than on the wall with well defined foot holds. Basically fit is everything so what is best for you depends on your foot shape. You shouldn't need to get anything too aggressive (down turned toe) for grit.
I personally find the Anasazi's a great grit shoe as they have enough of an edge for anything small but still smear well (which is more likely!)
I've always found it strange to see people using super aggressive down turned bouldering shoes for grit severe classics. Like cutting pizza with a sword :)
You don't need an aggressive downturned shoe at the grade you're climbing on grit, most foot holds consist of smears, a bit of edging or smedging (smeary edges!). Downturned shoes are designed for grabbing small holds with the tips of the toe and getting power through it on overhanging terrain. Your average grit route involves smears and a bit of edging, that means a moderately stiff, flat shoe that allows you to get as much rubber in contact with the rock as possible.
Pythons are great shoes for smearing. I wouldnŽt buy any new shoes.
They are not as downturned as some might think.
since they are soft they smear great and also edge a little better on any postive holds than anasazis in my opinion.
The only thing anasazis do noticeable better are pockets, but from all iŽve seen of grit pics n videos pockets are not a common thing on gritstone.
IŽd say (like someone mentioned before) you need to get used to the not so stuctured Outdoor-Holds and your footwork and the trust in your shoes will come with the time.
I think it depends more on how much your toes are curled in the shoe not on stiffness.
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