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Recent Climbing Product Reviews
Arc'teryx Men's Acrux FL Shoe
Like the engineering ideas, flaws in liner design. As a big fan of Arcteryx products I was excited to see how they would reinvent the approach shoe. I liked the weight, the seamless body, the airflow, they were very comfortable. BUT - the first short hike of about three miles with no-show socks revealed that the non removable liner keeps moving around in the heel area, cutting through the skin of both my heels until blistering and bleeding. Can't return since they have been worn and the blistering… Full review
Black Diamond Lockdown Leash
Works but not terribly comfortable, instructions are useless. To be fair, this leash works OK and I've had no problems with it. But to be more critical, I expected a bit more comfort and a smoother functioning "lock down". The instructions provided are for all BD leashes and it's very difficult to see how exactly this particular leash should be set up. Not sure if I'm getting the best use of it. Meh... Full review
Black Diamond Half Dome
Light, comfortable, good value. Great light and packable helmet for general climbing, I like this helmet for it's simplicity and functionality. It's lighter than stated - I weighed mine using a high quality digital scale, tarred and calibrated and it was 340 gm. The adjustment dial and buckle work with ease and can be operated with gloves on. The headlamp strap holders are also simple and effective. It's vents well and is quite comfortable, even on my shaved head. Just the right amount… Full review
Salewa Men's Rapace GTX
Lightweight, good fit, should be a sturdy backpacking boot that also climbs well. I just purchased these and have yet to put them through a full season. I was seeking a backpacking boot with a firm but not rigid sole that will walk and handle long approaches well, and that will also take crampons and climb and handle off trail work well. I expect these to be a lighter and more comfortable alternative to a pair of old leather Garmonts that had fit the bill for many years, but that needed to be retired. Full review
Galibier Super Guide
I have had these boots more than 40 years. When people tell you they last they are telling you the truth. I have had these Super Guides resoled three times. Rebuilt once. My only regret is I let them talk me into using 3/4 shank instead of full shank. Consequently they aren't as good in vertical rough terrain as they used to be. I coated them with Snow Seal when they were brand new and numerous times since then. My feet have never been wet in these boots. I have different size feet and was lucky… Full review
It's an outdated model from Kayland. They took these from the production line two years ago, if I am not mistaken. I bought the boots from a Spanish ebayer who was liquidating his mountain gear store two months ago. They looked solid and well build when I took em right out of the box. Having a double boot which is a first time for me, made me think my feet will never get cold until I snuggle in my sleeping bag and indeed, I was very comfortable when I wore em during a 4000+ m summit attempt last… Full review
La Sportiva Men's Nepal Extreme
Absolutely outstanding boots. Very rarely do I manage to find boots which fit me straight out of the box. Very warm, super comfy and the versatile lacing/tongue system allows for a varied configuration to achieve a prefect fit. Absolutely outstanding boots. Very rarely do I manage to find boots which fit me straight out of the box. After renting a pair from Cotswold Outdoor to test them, I went straight out and bought some from Go Outdoors. With a little practice finding out the best placement for… Full review