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I highly recommend the Shunt. Use with extreme caution like any piece of equipment. Warning: Never attach a lanyard to the little hole at the back to be used as a 'Tow Line'! Warning : Never attach a Lanyard to the little hole at the back to be used as a 'Tow Line'! I use the Shunt for top roping usually with extended friction hitch backup above the Shunt, which is itself extended from the belay loop. Sometimes I use the Shunt for leg loop placement descending backup instead of a friction hitch. Full review
Salewa Men's Firetail EVO
Solid with a good grip, but not particularly comfortable. I have mixed feelings about these shoes. I have the non-GTX version. Used them for several years now in the alpine also in lower terrain. But I bought them for alpine approach so that's how I will judge them. They have a pretty good grip on solid rock also on grassy slopes and scree. They are lightweight also and durable. But that's about the good parts. These shoes are not the most comfortable when covering long distances with a heavy load. Full review
Five Ten Men's Guide Tennie
The Five Ten Guide Tennie is an approach shoe best suited to light hiking that involves scrambling on rocks. It has features common to many shoes that try to bridge the gap between hiking and rock climbing—lacing that runs almost to your toes to ensure a secure fit, durable leather material, and great lateral support. The midsole and sole are clearly intended for light rock climbing: stiff midsole, extremely sticky sole with shallow treads, and a rubber-coated toe for extra traction. While it… Full review
Mammut Magic Guide High GTX
Near perfect balance between comfort and fit, durability, features and innovation, grip, insulation, support, sure-footedness and weight Handsome looking boots. Recently purchased these B3 mountain boots for planned late Autumn/Fall expeditions to Alaska, North West Canada, and Chamonix. So haven't yet tried them out in the frigid conditions they were bought for. But they have seen some use when engaged in less technical (grades I-II) climbing and scrambling in Northern England and Scotland. I was… Full review
Scarpa Men's Origin
This is an excellent introductory climbing shoe. They blend comfort with technical power and durability quite well for a beginner shoe. I climbed in them for two years, about once a week, and they held up well. They are comfortable, but still allow you to climb moderate difficulty. Excellent edge and moderate curve. The fit was excellent, with the leather upper shoe stretching slightly to match my foot. Full review
Salewa Men's Wildfire GTX
Grip like no other shoe I've owned. A touch narrow, but still very comfy, and did I mention grip? A review in two parts Part 1 - My review after the first day: I just received these in the mail and put them on. They are very comfortable and very true to size. I always wear a EUR 43 (I've given up on US sizes) and these fit me perfectly (US size 10 in this case). They are darker black than I expected from the photo where they look more grey—but they are still pretty sharp looking. The red laces… Full review
Five Ten Women's Camp Four
Beautiful wide footed shoe, feels very solid walking on rocks and trail terrain; excellent grip. Toes do not feel squished but can spread out while walking. Full review