To resole or not to resole


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Nikolaas de Jong · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 0

Pair of TC Pros starting to get a hole in them. I have plans to go climb next weekend; is it worth resoling now and wear my old shoes that can't edge to save a life or go ahead and climb in them and risk the hole getting to large to resole? Also should I resole both shoes or just the one with the hole in it?

Forming hole

Allen Sanderson · · Oootah · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 1,115

Yer gonna need a toe cap regardless. So climb on them a bit more and not worry.

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 15

If I'm viewing that correctly, that's a tiny hole in the rand. I usually just put some Freesole on it and climb with them. The Freesole prevents the hole from getting worse for a while. I think you'd be fine climbing with them this weekend.

Our in-house expert, Locker, may have a different opinion.

Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 45

Yeah, that's kind of a weird hole. I'm wondering how you got one so high. You're totally worn through to the rand on the bottom, though, so you'll definitely need a resole. I'd be very surprised if the other shoe was in significantly better shape, so you're better off sending both of them.

Nick Drake · · Newcastle, WA · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 438

I've never had that wear on the rand of another shoe, but I had this on my TC pros sized a little tighter than they needed to be for performance. Big toe was just barely flat after they stretched out. The tip of the rand actually bulged out beyond the sole slightly.

John Wilder · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,500

That shoe is cooked- you can probably get another weekend in, but I'd definitely send them out asap.

I believe most resolers want you to send pairs in- as shoes tend to wear mostly even. You're supposed to send them in for resole way before this point, so the other shoe, even if it looks better, is probably overdue as well.

Will Haden · · KC, MO · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 0
FrankPS wrote:If I'm viewing that correctly, that's a tiny hole in the rand. I usually just put some Freesole on it and climb with them. The Freesole prevents the hole from getting worse for a while. I think you'd be fine climbing with them this weekend. Our in-house expert, Locker, may have a different opinion.
I was in the exact same position a couple weeks ago. Had a hole a little bigger than that that I plugged with seam grip (didn't have freesole). It worked out just fine and the shoes are at R&R now getting some love.

I tend to flag with my right foot much more than my left foot and..lo\and beholed <-- see what I did there...that's where the hole is on both pairs of shoes.

I was debating just having them repair the two right shoes to save some money but after thinking about it I will probably have them do both L and R on both pairs.
Locker · · Yucca Valley, CA · Joined Oct 2002 · Points: 1,640

That type hole is not uncommon for TC Pros.

It is always better to get shoes in earlier than later when it concerns a resole. That said, a little GOOP over the hole should work as a temporary band aid and buy you some more time on the rock.

If it' a time thing, GOOP it and CLIMB!

If you have the time, send them in to your preferred Resoler before it get's much worse.

Raymond Moreno · · Millbrae, CA · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 0

I'm in California.

Can I get a tip on a good resoler to send my shoes to.

Probably gonna send my shoes, and a buddies shoes as well.

Looking for a good job, and not an extravagant price.

In Christ: Raymond

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 15
RaymondMillbrae wrote:I'm in California. Can I get a tip on a good resoler to send my shoes to. Probably gonna send my shoes, and a buddies shoes as well. Looking for a good job, and not an extravagant price. In Christ: Raymond
You're going to get a dozen different recommendations. Here's mine:

http://www.rubberroomresoles.com/
eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 136

if you're looking to ship them within california, send 'em to locker to get resoled. I've had really good results with pro-deal resoles out of peublo, colorado, good work, excellent customer service and pretty cheap. You can even text Benet a picture of the shoes and he'll give you a quote, usually within the same day.

Kevin Mokracek · · Burbank · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 50

Locker did a great job on my resoles.

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 15

At the very top of Locker's website:

"Due to unprecedented volume,
Positive Resoles ONLINE is currently closed."

http://positiveresoles.com/

Dave Caro · · NJ · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 0

My 2 cents, wasn't satisfied with Rubber room. Used rock and resole 3x

Jay Morse · · Hooksett, New Hampshire · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 30

I don't understand why people recommend sending shoes in this early when there is rand damage already... It's going to cost you the same amount of money now, or once it blows through and the resulting job will be the same. You can probably still get 50 pitches in on those things before it blows through to the point that it makes any difference.

If I have extensive damage to the sole without any major rand damage I'll send them in early to protect the rand. But once I see that the rand is going to need work, I climb in them until it actually effects my performance. Why waste your money?

jarthur · · Westminster, CO · Joined Mar 2008 · Points: 260

F that! Just get a baller job and buy new shoes every time. There's so many bada$$ new shoes coming out every year and the price of resoling keeps going up (which doesn't help those stank a$$ shoes anyway) just buy some new kicks. Nothing better and more exciting than a new pair of climbing shoes.

George Wu · · Newport Beach, CA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 76

Here in SoCal, I had the evolv factory re-sole mine solely because I could drive and drop them off. They only needed half soles on the fronts.

Super incredible service - ready by the next morning with plenty of time for my upcoming weekend.

One suggestion - loosen your laces before you resole them. I feel like they are a little tighter now, and are just breaking in after about 10 days on the rock. I normal only loosen the top 3 or so eyelets of laces to take them off, and the tightness was down where I had the laces tight. Maybe having the laces loose when they wrapped them in that new rubber would have maintained the original size a little more closely.

I just went with the evolv rubber on this pair of 14 year old mythos. The new rubber is so much more sticky than and ancient soles that they replaced.

Raymond Moreno · · Millbrae, CA · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 0

I am resoling a pair of Evolv Shamans.

I went to the Evolv website, and they linked me to "Yosemite Bum".

Yosemite Bum charges $10.00 return shipping (unless you ship them three or more shoes to repair, in which case they return ship for free), they have a veteran discount (they don't say how much it is), and there is a discount for $2.00 off until October 31st.

Sounds good to me.

Or is there a better and cheaper deal somewhere?

Still looking around.

Oh...by the way...my new Evolv Shamans arrive today. Gotta have a spare set on hand so this doesn't happen again. :)

In Christ: Raymond

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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