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Garmont Sticky Cat

rated 3 of 5 stars

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photo: Garmont Sticky Cat approach shoe

I just got back from my first climbing trip of the season and am really pleased with these shoes. I also have to say that they are really burly. Comfy to stand in for long periods of time while on belay. The narrow toe combined with the great rubber sole allows for easy access on the rock - Heck, I would even use these to climb 5.8 if need be! The only fault I could find is that the toe box may be too narrow for those with a wide forefoot, but it grips well around the heel.

Materials: suede and mesh
Use: day hiking, rock approach, on belay
Break-in Period: comfy out of the box
Price Paid: $90

Contrary to the other reviewer I have to say that these shoes perform really well on rocky terrain. I have used them a lot in our rugged limestone mountains for easy climbing and have always been satisfied with their grip. You have to consider that these are fairly lightweight shoes and that they cannot be compared with heavy duty boots. They would not be my choice for very long hikes over mixed terrain. The materials show marked signs of usage after a short period, therefore only 4 stars.

Sticky what????

I'm the unfortunate owner of a pair of those shoes, which I bought thinking mainly in their scrambling aptitudes. Well I was wrong. The sole doesn't stick at all, plus the mesh lining on the side punctured after just one day out. They are confortable to hike on, but you will have to look out for good footholds when it gets steep.

These are much more comfortable comfortable but less sticky than my other/previous approach shoes (La Sportiva Cirque Pro, Montrail CTC, Merrell Jam).

I was attracted to how light yet cushiony they were.

Price Paid: ~$60

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