/ Wearing down rock shoe toes - technique issue?
The rest of the rubber seems totally fine, hardly used. I know the toes wear through fastest anyway, but I was wondering if there could be a specific issue, possibly poor technique, that means I'm wearing through them at such a rate?
this might be becuase you climb mainly on your toes.
(sorry, had to be said!)
My first couple of pairs of climbing shoes wore out on the outside and inside edges then my next 3 pairs (Anasazi's) all died of a small holes on the toes - It just means your footworks getting better and your standing on holds with a better foot position. That's what I've always been lead to believe anyway.
6 months is reasonably good going if you are climbing regularly. It is a bitter pill to swallow, but climbing shoes are a "consumable". Everyone wears through the toes first.
I had a pair of Scarpa Vantage and a pair of Red Chilli Durango used "in parallel", arbitrarily. Was going to the wall on average once a week, and sporadically outdoors. Got two years out of them. That's one year each I guess. Now a climbing wall has opened very near to my house and I have a membership so I am there at least 3 times a week, and my shoes don't last much longer than 6 months it seems (though I do buy cheap shit I must admit!)
I have a theory that shoe wear goes through 3 stages:
1. Beginner stage; you peddle and scrabble without placing feet properly which leads to wearing through shoes quickly.
2. Intermediate stage: You learn to place your feet and know they'll stick so you don't tend to move them much so you don't wear through too much rubber.
3. Advanced stage: You adjust body position much more after placing feet so feet pivot on holds much more which leads to more shoe wear.
There's no way round it. I think we have to "suck it up" (eugh) as they say :(
Wearing thin in 6 months of keen use, especially on an abrasive medium isn't abnormal. Anasazi toes always get hammered, it's the way they work best. Placing your feet a little more carefully and making some effort to use the edges rather than the toes for less critical holds will eke a bit more life out of them but you could be climbing pretty well already and just seeing normal wear.
Yeah, depending how much you climb, 6 months is pretty good going.
Resoles are cheaper than new shoes :)
I'd put that down to good technique.
If you climb 2 or 3 times a week then 6 months is a reasonable length of time for rock shoes/boots.
If you are only climbing E1 or F6c sport you probably don't need high performance shoes. Look at buying something cheaper, there are many lower cost brands out there with good rubber. I find that the fit is the best consideration when buying a boot/shoe. Also, I have found that the higher the performance of the shoe/boot, the quicker it wears out.
If it is above where the rand joins the sole, then this could be technique, get someone to watch you and check you dont drag you feet up between holds, as the dreaded toe drag wears rands out quick
If you are wearing through sole and rand at the big toe point then you are wearing the shoe out normally, but maybe think about ways you can use holds not on your big toe so you dont wear it out so quickly,
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