/ Approach shoe advice
I'm looking for:
Non bulky (to hang on my harness or in a bag)
Grippy for loose descents, easy climbs and general roaming!
Some water resistance would be good, but not a priority.
I also do some trail running, would consider something that doesn't compromise too heavily.
Anything out there or am I trying to fit too many apples in the bag?
Currently on addidas kanadia, sub 40 pounds, see wiggle web site. They are v small fitting so best to try b 4 u buy.
> Non bulky (to hang on my harness or in a bag)
> Grippy for loose descents, easy climbs and general roaming!
Approach shoes work well in the terrain they are designed for: dry, rocky scrambles like the Dolomites or California. They are quite inappropriate for most UK climbers as they are lethal for slithering across fells or down steep grassy descents to sea-cliffs.
You want fell running shoes: Walsh, Innov8, the usual suspects according to your foot shape.
Ive just worn down a pair of mudroc 290 (sadly no longer in production) which I have used for day hikes, trail and fell running, and for walking in snow they grip better than my normal hiking boots. Aside from getting wet feet if I wore them all the time then Id have no use for hiking boots most of the time.
Inov8 mudrocks had a brilliant sole, stick to anything, without doubt the best sole for wet rock,grass, greasy ghylls that i have come across
But the uppers - 4 pairs of various inov8, never had an upper last more than a few weeks or hold my foot properly
could this just be my feet? I'm avoiding
If you're serious about climbing in them, then 5.10s rule. Insight, Ascents, Camp 4s, Tennies, I've had the lot. Regularly lead up to E1 in them, no bother. Great for alpine routes, no need to pack something else for the descent.
Tennies are only very slightly better than rock shoes for your typical UK terrain though as the sole is awful on wet grass :-)
I picked up a pair of Salomon X-overs in Chamonix earlier this year and have been pretty impressed, they have handled snow, mud and grass pretty well yet also climb fairly well.
Tennies are better than rock shoes?
Oh I see, you mean for walking around in. Yeah, I prefer Insights / Camp 4s for that kind of thing.
> If you're serious about climbing in them, then 5.10s rule. Insight, Ascents, Camp 4s, Tennies, I've had the lot. Regularly lead up to E1 in them, no bother. Great for alpine routes, no need to pack something else for the descent.
A vote for Camp 4's from me. Great to walk in and with a rugged enough sole for wet conditions (I've worn them in deep snow with gaiters and waterproof socks too).
Edging in them will always be a disaster, so width for me doesn't matter too much.
Perhaps not what you want to hear, but unfortunately you won't be able to replace Scarpa Crux with anything better, as they are the best approach shoes there are. Just accept it and get another pair. Out of interest how long your old pair lasted?
Boreal flyer, a massively underated shoe for UK conditions in my humble opinion.
That's disappointing. I'll take my words back then. I hope mine will last longer. I've had them since July, so far in one piece.
> Boreal flyer, a massively underated shoe for UK conditions in my humble opinion.
I had some of them and they were brilliant, far better than Boulder-Xs, can you still get Flyers though?
I'd go for some fell shoes though.
Great shoes, although they have gone up in price in recent years but what hasn't...
Pretty sure the usual v12 and rock and run etc still stock them.
I've had a few pairs of 5.10s, tennies, and also camp four. found them OK in UK, prone to slipping on steep mud & wet grass.
more recently I've moved to Millet Tridents - amazing. they're lighter, yet have a good vibram sole, so are far better on snow & mud & grass. wouldn't hesitate to recommend them and will definitely be replacing them with the same when they die.
I love my tennie Camp Fours, will handle anything solid like a dream, as mentioned though hilariously bad on wet grass/roots
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