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Altras for rock scrambling - bad idea?

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Mike Womack · · Sherman Oaks, CA · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 1,959

For hiking/backpacking, I've recently switched over to Altras (lone peak 4) and absolutely love them!   I'm doing a couple Sierra routes (Mt. Emerson and Clyde Minaret) next weekend and am debating if I should bring my Altras for rock scrambling on the approach, descent, and the easy 5th class ridge climbing instead of my heavier approach shoes (I have an old pair of Scarpa Crux).    I'm assuming the wide toe box would make 5.0 feel like 5.9 but does anybody have any positive experiences with Altras on rock terrain?  Thanks!

Doug Chism · · Arlington VA · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 5

They are really soft and not very sticky.

If you have Altra feet, the Five Ten Camp 4 and Camp 4 Mid are much stickier, much firmer and have an edge to climb on if you need. 

Mike · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 30

Altra is releasing approach shoes

Sam Cieply · · Venice, CA · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 30

Check these out, I just got a pair but haven't taken them for a spin yet:

https://www.altrarunning.com/shop/outdoor-adventure/mens-grafton-alm1965f#hero=0

I sometimes use my Lone Peaks and Superiors to scramble around J Tree, pretty taxing on the foot muscles. Graftons have Vibram XS Trek rubber.

Micaiah W · · Drake, CO · Joined Jul 2017 · Points: 5

Lack of lateral support makes off camber steps real ankle rollers

Kyle Elliott · · Picnic Point, WA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 1,533

Too soft. I've climbed 5.8 in them and the feet were not confidence inspiring. I was basically campusing.

 But for 5- they work fine. 

Mike · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 30
Kyle Elliott wrote: Too soft. I've climbed 5.8 in them and the feet were not confidence inspiring. I was basically campusing.

 But for 5- they work fine. 

What model are you referencing? Lone Peaks or an approach style model

Kyle Elliott · · Picnic Point, WA · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 1,533
Mike wrote:

What model are you referencing? Lone Peaks or an approach style model

The ones the OP was asking about. LP4s.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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