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Shoes for DWS?

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Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 190

Hey everyone,

Was contemplating doing some deep water soloing and was wondering about what kinds of shoes people bring with them. Obviously, climbing will be much easier in climbing shoes...the first time, but once you get them wet, it seems like they'll lose most of their advantage. I'm also not in love with the idea of soaking my climbing shoes, but I guess they would probably be ok once they dry. Do you usually bring rock shoes, or just water shoes and accept that most of your weight will be on your hands?

Trevor. · · Boise, ID · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 849

Those goofy looking Sportiva OxyGym shoes are designed to be able to handle being washed so they shouldn't get messed up by the water. Climbing rubber is still surprisingly sticky when wet, so I wouldn't be too concerned about that.

highaltitudeflatulentexpulsion · · Colorado · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 35

I mostly used evolve defy. Easy to dry out and didn't stretch much. Cheap too.

Use a sham wow to dry them off as well as you can between goes and they'll work fine.

DWS is typically overhung on limestone, so if you lose a little precision you probably won't notice.

Chameleon · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2008 · Points: 0

I use a pair of my old climbing shoes and the grip doesn't seem to be affected when they're wet. That may be dependent on the type of rock you're climbing. A big note of caution... don't wear shoes that are dyed a color on the inside of the shoe. First time I went DWS I wore an old pair of Red Chili's that were dyed red on the inside and my feet were red for weeks.

Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 190

Ha. That happened to me from just wearing Moccasyms climbing.

Andrew Wood · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 60

climbing shoes make it hard to swim/treadwater, make sure to bring a floaty so you don't died

that guy named seb · · Britland · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 205

I'm going to be wearing la sportiva speedsters for a DWS comp this year how will they do? No idea.

David Gibbs · · Ottawa, ON · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 6

Yes, wet shoes aren't as sticky as dry -- but a climbing shoe still really does help -- better edging, more precise foot placement, and the rubber still does give some stick. Pure frictioning, though, not so much.

I advise a fully synthetic (as opposed to leather) shoe. Leather tends to stretch a lot more when wet than a synthetic -- it will hold its size and control a lot better.

Also, as someone noted, died leather (especially bright colours) will tend to bleed colour onto your feet when wet. Synthetics don't tend to bleed colour the same way.

Clint White aka Faulted Geologist · · Lawrence, KS · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 158

All leather is died, not all leather is dyed.

Get some old synthetic climbing shoes and dedicate them to only DWS. When done, rinse with drinking water, dry immediately. Wash with soap in clothing washer when home and dry well. Be prepared for them to still stink and never wear them for anything other than DWS, lest you offend people. If you want space at the crag, wear them to drive off others.

Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 190

Ha...I see what you did there.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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