Blah Snortiva and $200 shoe pricings for rock


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Aleks Zebastian · May 10, 2016 · Boulder, CO · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 0
climbing friend,

are you smoking of the funny stuff?

why do you buy the $200 shoe and support ridiculous pricings, and not a $40 or $80 pair from the mad rock? Is holding the thought in your mind of the idea of an alleged slightly better shoe somehow enough to embolden your heart, unlimpen your weak arms, stiffen your neck meat, correct your dubious technique, overcome your crippling fear of safe lead falls of which you are definitely in denial about, reduce your fat beer gut, and allow you to send la dura dura?

FrankPS · May 10, 2016 · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 15
Yes. And I don't smoke.

MTCowan · May 10, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2015 · Points: 3
Climbing friend Aleks,

I suggest also looking at Cypher climbing shoes. I have been very pleased with their performance and the price is right also.

Jeff Welch · May 10, 2016 · Denver, CO · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 281
I don't actually climb, I just spray about it on the interwebz.

Rick Blair · May 10, 2016 · Denver · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 163
Aren't La Sportiva's Italian? What kind of question is this?

Bill Kirby · May 10, 2016 · Baltimore Maryland · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 40
I got TC Pros and Muira VS.. They don't reduce your fat beer gut. I bought them because of my gut. Stiff shoes help fatty mericans legs from getting tired.

Jason Todd · May 10, 2016 · Cody, WY · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 608
Climbing fiend Aleks,

Shoes are pretty cheap in the big scheme of things.

My first pair of La Sportiva Megas were $145 in 1990, my parent's graduation gift for me. In today's dollars that is $271.98 for a pair of prancy footwear!

TC Pros today are $180, or $95.96 in 1990 dollars.

Shoes are cheaper now, we should all be happy!

Danny Herrera · May 10, 2016 · San Bruno, California · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 180
$60 pontas

Guy Keesee · May 10, 2016 · Moorpark, CA · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 105
Climbing friend.... do you even use your feet?

My Italian shoes outlast the cheap, poorly made Asian junk, by about 5 times....and because I have arms like spaghetti, I need all of the help I can get.

and the stuff I smoke will make you funny. so yes.

Nathanael · May 10, 2016 · Riverside, CA · Joined May 2011 · Points: 196
Or maybe the question is why would you skimp on literally the only piece of gear that actually impacts your climbing ability?

NorCalNomad · May 10, 2016 · San Francisco · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 55
Aleks Zebastian wrote:why do you buy the $200 shoe and support ridiculous pricings, and not a $40 or $80 pair from the mad rock?
-More $ invested in R&D
-Better quality rubber
-Better quality uppers
-Roll of the dice on better quality glue
-Not asia/pacific labor

If you went out and learned a bit about shoe production and economics you'd realize why climbing shoes are priced the way they are.

PaulMudd · May 10, 2016 · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 0
My TC Pros seem to start delaminating as soon as i take them out of the box. I have to glue them down with seam sealer. I do like how they climb though, just expect a little better quality for $180

Aleks Zebastian · May 10, 2016 · Boulder, CO · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 0
Nathanael wrote:Or maybe the question is why would you skimp on literally the only piece of gear that actually impacts your climbing ability?
climbing friend,

get a good fit for your foot, and despite what our corporate overlords tell to us, you need not buy the most expensive climbing shoe money can buy based on belief it will help you climb on the climbing rocks better.

Follow your heart. that's what I do.

Aleks Zebastian · May 10, 2016 · Boulder, CO · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 0
NorCalNomad wrote: If you went out and learned a bit about shoe production and economics you'd realize why climbing shoes are priced the way they are.
climbing friend,

As to your wang slap attempt, I say I do not do the learning. I only do the glorious crushing and bold flash at elite gradings for rocks, regardless of how expensive my shoes, or how young the children that make them.

Eliot Augusto · May 10, 2016 · Boulder, CO · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 15
Because I have really, really strange feet. They're not quite flat, not quite arched. So I 'need' leather if I want a tight fit they will actually shape my foot correctly. And that's only after weeks of pain. Every synthetic shoe I've had just hurts waaaay too much and never forms to my foot.

Climb friend,

Enlighten me on how to get the climbing leather without a five finger discount or paying $200?

cassondra long · May 10, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2008 · Points: 90
Aleks: I too am like Eliot, I have very strange feet, and only the Italians seem to understand this. However, if Madrock started using xs grip2 rubber, I might consider switching over, since Madrock runs a close second in fit to LS.

Katiekorn · May 13, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2013 · Points: 5
Um... Duh... Because they look great in climbing pics
Jason's shoes

Hunter McPherson · May 14, 2016 · Denver, CO · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 0
Climbing friend,

With successful sending having a lot to do with one's confidence level on the wall, I would say most feel the highest confident with a more expensive shoe, right or wrong. While the fit is the most critical of factors to consider in a specific shoe, the brand those select are based off word of mouth and online reviews, thus solidifying their brainwashedness. The gracious mother of outdoor gear for yuppies, REI, also does not carry Mad Rock or any other "uncool" brand FYI

JK- Branin · May 14, 2016 · SLC · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 13
Eliot Augusto wrote:Because I have really, really strange feet. They're not quite flat, not quite arched. So I 'need' leather if I want a tight fit they will actually shape my foot correctly. And that's only after weeks of pain. Every synthetic shoe I've had just hurts waaaay too much and never forms to my foot. Climb friend, Enlighten me on how to get the climbing leather without a five finger discount or paying $200?
Cypher... Lots of leather shoes. Vibram XS grip or XS edge rubber. Some of the models fit weird feet, lots of leather models to eventually fit weird feet. Pretty affordable.

Chad Miller · May 14, 2016 · Grand Junction, CO · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 0
I go with the good fit for my wife amurican feet.

J. Stark · May 14, 2016 · Iowa · Joined Oct 2010 · Points: 482
Aleks Zebastian wrote: climbing friend, As to your wang slap attempt, I say I do not do the learning. I only do the glorious crushing and bold flash at elite gradings for rocks, regardless of how expensive my shoes, or how young the children that make them.
This needs to be printed on a decorative plate and proudly displayed.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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