non-china origin approach shoe?


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J.Kruse · · Las Cruces, NM · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 90

Can anyone recommend some approach shoes that are not made in China? I used to love guide tennies (had an old MUSA pair that lasted like 5 years), but 5.10's quality has gone way down in recent years. Blew thru a pair of Aescents way faster than expected, don't want to spend my money on that crap. I looked into Sportiva, but I can't figure out which models come from Italy still and which are outsourced. Any tips for a quality shoe? Thanks.

Jack C. · · Idaho · Joined Mar 2013 · Points: 175

SCARPAs are still made in Italy. Just checked my tech ascents to confirm and it's printed on the tongue.

Matt Himmelstein · · Orange, California · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 95

Evolv is located in California and a number of friends like the Cruzer. You can contact them to see where final assembly takes place.

that guy named seb · · Britland · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 0

Five tens have gone down in quality due to using really really fine rubber this means the rubber will actually stretch and the shoe will actually delaminate.
I have never read or experienced any issues with lasportiva approach shoes (climbing shoes yes approach shoes no), I have heard about scarpa's delaminating but this seems very very rare, same story with evolv (evolv are made in the USA btw).
So in conclusion stick with la sportiva, scarpa or evolv and stay far away from 5.10 pure trash.

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 15
that guy named seb wrote:Five tens have gone down in quality due to using really really rubber
What is "really really rubber"? Is it the type of rubber that is missing a word?
that guy named seb · · Britland · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 0
FrankPS wrote: What is "really really rubber"? Is it the type of rubber that is missing a word?
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J.Kruse · · Las Cruces, NM · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 90
that guy named seb · · Britland · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 0
J.Kruse wrote: yeah, i really used to like five ten shoes. it's a shame how they've gone down. thanks for the tips.
If you think thats bad you should see my tennies!! The rubber has actually split as well as delaminated.
Nathan Self · · Louisiana · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 20

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Nick Sweeney · · Spokane, WA · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 615

I am in love with my Scarpa Crux approach shoes. I have hiked 20+ miles in a day and lead 5.8 trad in them and had no complaints.

doligo · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 212
J.Kruse wrote:Can anyone recommend some approach shoes that are not made in China?
Sure. Plenty of them are made in Vietnam.
that guy named seb · · Britland · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 0
Tim Lutz wrote:just abut any brand of a skate shoe is a WAY more durable than a climbing approach shoe I know you don't get sticky rubber, but if this isn't an issue, they will last way longer A buddy really likes his Addidas approach shoes, and I beleive they have 5.10 rubber or the like
i can solo 5.7 in approach shoes comfortable, i would be in tears if i was in skate shoes.
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