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Shoe Review – Five Ten Guide Tennie


Those of us who’ve tried hiking into a crag wearing flip flops or Chuck Taylors understand the importance of a good approach shoe. We learned the hard (ahem…stupid) way, but we’re finally seeing that scrambling up rocks is a whole lot easier and safer when you’ve got a sticky sole and some support. Here, in my long-term review of the Five Ten Guide Tennies, I’m giving the oft-forgotten approach shoe a little attention.

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Shoe Review – La Sportiva Testarossa


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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