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Shoe Review: Scarpa Booster S

Scarpa Booster SAs the climbing community grows and pushes the boundaries of climbing, so does the demand for high quality, aggressive shoes. Scarpa, a longtime player in the climbing shoe game, continues to evolve their designs to meet the demand of climbers and the boundaries of what a climbing shoe can do. Check out Scarpa’s latest team member, fresh out of the gate and looking for action: the Booster S.

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How To Break In Too Tight Climbing Shoes

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Ashima could not do a sick heel hook in ill-fitting shoes!

You know that feeling when you get a fresh new pair of climbing shoes, and they are so pretty, and you are so psyched on them?  And you insist that this is the correct shoe for you, as you cram and contort your foot to get the shoe on.  Then you start to climb in them and you’re thinking to yourself “Did my feet get bigger? I know I’m usually a size 38.” You make it through one climb, and wincing you take your shoe off, and your foot is already starting to look like something from a horror film.  Yeah, I’ve been there too.

I know for many of you diehards out there the solution for too tight shoes is “Suffer!! No pain no gain!” and that you in fact pride yourself on your feet growing weird new protrusions, and your toes folding over themselves, etc.  But what if you’re like me and you are basically…a huge baby when it comes to foot pain?  I’ll admit it!  If my feet are absolutely killing me, it’s hard for me to focus on climbing hard.  So what’s a gal to do when you plunked down a hefty chunk of change on shoes and you realize they don’t fit?  Today I’ve got some tips for all you tender-footed folks out there.

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Gear Review: La Sportiva Solution Women’s

Womens SolutionsI have dreamt of women’s Solutions for years. The men’s Solutions have been my go-to sending shoe for some time, but ‘Oh! If only a women’s Solution existed!’ Last year I heard rumor that my dreams were coming true. We added them to our back to school wish list in September and last month I finally got my hands (and feet) in these babies. Here’s my review:

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Shoe Review: Scarpa Force X

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One of the members of our weekly Thursday Ladies’ Night climbing gang, Audra, has stayed faithful to the same pair of basic climbing shoes throughout the duration of her climbing career. We’re not talking like she’s bought the same pair of shoes over and over again, Audra has owned and used the same pair of shoes for the last 6 years, resoling them at least two times. (She also refuses to use chalk, but that’s another story). Watching her on-sight 5.10 lead, yet seeing her feet slip and slide, despite her delicate placement, precision, and balance drove us to finally convince her to try a new pair of shoes. Audra was adamant against an aggressive or really tight shoe, but agreed she could benefit from a higher-performing shoe. We recommended she try the Scarpa Force X Women’s. Here’s her review:

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Shoe Review: Evolv Geshido SC

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The last time I wore an Evolv shoe was six years ago, when I first started climbing. I wore a hole through the 2007 version of the Evolv Elektras, thanked Evolv for a great beginner, intro shoe and moved onto a more aggressive climbing shoe of a different brand. As it came time to buy new shoes over the last six years, I hadn’t much considered Evolv, until the last two years when they began transforming their identity and shoe design, producing much more performance-oriented shoes such as the Evolv Geshido. (It also didn’t hurt to have Chris Sharma and Lisa Rands as part of their design team). Today we review the Geshido SC, which by just looking at it, one can tell that Evolv has stepped up their game. Here’s why:

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Shoe Review – La Sportiva Miura VS

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You’ve worn a hole through your first pair of climbing shoes because it turns out that you really like climbing (you might even be a little addicted to it). You’re ready for a new pair of shoes and are looking for a high performance shoe, convinced that it is most definitely the shoe that stands between you sending or not sending your project. When it comes to women’s high performance shoes, I count a total of 7 options available in the US. I’m not sure whether Missy, Mary, and I all just copied each other, or La Sportiva’s Miura VS is simply the best high performance shoe, but as we all own a pair of these, Crux Crush is giving you not one but three reviews of the Miura VS.

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Shoe Review – Evolv Elektra

03_29_electraBehold, the most ubiquitous women’s climbing shoe!  You see at least twenty ladies padding around in them like a pair of beloved house slippers every time you go to the local gym.  They are cute, with their pleasing bright purple hue, and user-friendly velcro.  But these shoes are more than just a pretty face, I would go as far as to say they are a very important shoe for the new climber.  Here’s why:

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Shoe Review – La Sportiva Testarossa

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I bought these shoes about a month ago, just before our climbing trip to Puerto Rico because my La Sportiva Miuras were torn to shreds. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Miuras, but I was ready to invest in a more aggressive shoe for outdoor climbing. I was hard pressed to find reviews of this men’s shoe from a woman’s perspective so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I figured it was a good sign that Paige Claassen, Brooke Raboutou, and Chelsea Rude have all been spotted sporting Testarossas. Like a kid on Christmas, I tore open the package they came in, squeezed my feet into these babies, and found myself grinning ear to ear.
Here’s why:

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