Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

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Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby Andy » Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:00 pm

Dear All

I have a clapped out, resold pair of evolve predators. I would like to buy some new shoes but I am short on funds. Which shoes will give you the best value for your money :?:

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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby Justin » Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:54 pm

I would forgo the shortage of funds and get the right pair of shoes, otherwise your climbing will suffer.

The length of time that your shoes lasts depends on you. If your footwork is good and you don't go scraping (think wheel spinning) your shoes around then they will last longer.
There is also quite a big difference between Sport and bouldering shoes.

For me the most important thing in a pair of climbing shoes is comfort. Everyone's feet are different and all shoes are different - start trying on different shoes and see what fits 8)
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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby Gustav » Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:29 pm

Work with us here Andy - roughly what kind of climbing would you like to do with this pair of cheap-ish shoes that you are looking for?
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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby Andy » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:25 pm

Ummm.... mostly sport and a bit of trad
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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby M@ » Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:21 pm

Get a pair of Flashes!

If they fit your feet comfortably and snug they are amazing all-rounders... Almost identical to 5.10 Anasazi velcro.

But like Justin said, correct fit is the first requirement.

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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby mokganjetsi » Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:51 pm

anazasi's are twice the shoes flashes are imho. and that's why pay twice the price :wink: flashes are great value for money though; mad rock & evolvs are priced better in general than fiveten and la sportiva.a couple of budddies swear by evolv pontas as the best trad & sport shoe. they fit my feet badly so i run anazs now and is really happy. and if you win the lotto you can't go wrong with muira's.

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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby 100dgrs » Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:43 pm

My bet would be the new Boreal Falcons, @ R995 : which is +-R200 cheaper than the new Evolv Talons. And quite a bit better priced than the top lasportiva or new edelrids.
If you needed a more all round shoe go for the Boreal Joker @ R890. And then again have better rubber / friction and a better inner, also really nice to have a leather upper on summers day when you sweating buckets! Hard routes done in these shoes : Mark Efune aka Flex Redpointed Stormwatch 31.

Any other pair If you had the choice would be scarpa, but then they are pricy.

By the way we have boreal, and other brands at our store Camp and Climb, Retreat.
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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby Daydreams » Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:57 pm

I had a look at climbingshoereview.com today and there best shoe (user rated) for value was the anasazi verde.

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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby Squidcor » Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:00 pm

City Rock are having a sale on Evolv shoes. Go and get yourself a new pair of Predators for R600.

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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby Andy » Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:19 pm

Thanks for the advice ... I'll head over to City Rock
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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby robertbreyer » Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:31 pm

The Evolv Predator is a very aggressive downturn toe shoe suited to steep climbing or bouldering.

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Coincidentally the new G2 (2nd generation) just won Editors Choice in the the latest issue of climbing magazine. http://www.climbing.com/exclusive/features/2010_shoe_review/
Comparing the Evolv Predator to the 5.10 Anasazi or the Mad Rock Flash is like comparing a Ferrari to a Honda SUV to a CitiGOLF. Yes they all get you from point A to B, but....
And yes I agree fit and comfort are most important especially if you have one pair of shoes that you use for both sport and trad climbing.
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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby dom » Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:31 am

Andy, ignore the shills (RobertBreyer and 100dgrs) - they are intent on selling you the shoes they stock for their benefit and not yours. And take what they say with a pinch of salt - I've never, ever been satisfied with a pair of Evolvs or Boreals and I've tried both.

My recommendation: try on a whole bunch of shoes within your budget. Buy the one that fits and feels best. Don't believe the hype.
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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby robertbreyer » Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:36 am

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and i dont think what i wrote was different. dom maybe you forgot to read my last line.
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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

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and i dont think what i wrote was different. dom maybe you forgot to read my last line.


No, Robert, my point was directed at your comment about comparing the Predator to an Anasazi or a Mad Rock Flash*. And how much I laughed when I read it (and not in the intended way).

*Not that I choose to climb in any of them at the moment, of course,, but I have over the years.
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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby Baldrick » Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:00 am

Andy, go for what ever is comfortable for your feet and your pocket. If you have talent you should manage to climb decent grades in just about any shoe.

BTW Justin, I thought that advertising product and price by companies is banned from the forum but I see the City Rock and Camp & Climb and managing to do so. If this is the case, maybe I should start advertising as well with our new <snip> ???

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Just a thought...
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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby Andy » Thu Sep 09, 2010 11:33 am

Hey

Thanks for all the advice. Got myself a pair of Evolv pontas’s.

Happy Climbing

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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby emile » Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:06 pm

Hope you all feel better now, I sure do :alien: :alien:

Camp & Climb as an advertising customer is allowed to do so on the forum, as far as I can tell the other guys are not...

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Re: Which shoes will give you the best value for your money?

Postby tygereye » Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:10 pm

I always used to climb with LaSportiva Miuras and Cobras (both sport & trad). I still think they fit my feet the best, but since they havent had my size (37) in the country for a long while and at that stage I was desperate for shoes, I settled for a pair of Pontas (I figured if they're good enough for Chris Sharma...)
now I'm climbing better than ever! I have also found they have better grip
In the end...
Firstly, go for shoes that suit your foot shape
Secondly, it's NOT the shoes - it's the CLIMBER
and finally, try on all the shoes you can get hold of in your size, and choose the pair that you're most comfortable with :scratch: :wink: :batman:


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