I had the rubber replaced on my Tradmasters soon after getting them, because I had heard about the poor rubber they come with. I think the Tradmaster is a comfortable all-day shoe. It smears well (with the new rubber resole) is comfortable in cracks, but doesn't edge well. Still, I think it is a decent shoe.
FrankPS From Atascadero, CA Joined Nov 19, 2009 273 points
I have had the same pair of Tradmasters for about 3.5 years now and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM... granted, they are the only pair of climbing shoes I have ever owned and so I can't really compare them to anything else. They have taken me up mountains across the country, difficult and delicate sport climbs and... well I don't boulder much but most of all CRACKS!
1. They are extremely comfortable, the lining can get pretty smelly but hopefully thats because you've been wearing them for hours on end... or years..
2. I'v had them resoled once and that was only because they had become so rounded off that I thought it would help with edging, it did, briefly but lets face it, they are not edging shoes (regardless, I use them for EVERYTHING) and I have to admit they did feel better once resoled, although I never thought them to be slippery to begin with though.
I love my Tradmasters and being that I am just a poor if not more so then when I started climbing, I would get them again. If I had more to spend it MIGHT be a different story.