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What happened to resole kits

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Andrew Child · · Corvallis, Or · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 846

It looks like home climbing shoe resole kits have quietly vanished from the market. Are there any options still remaining to people who want to resole their own shoes?

Cosmiccragsman AKA Dwain · · Las Vegas, Nevada · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 116

Yes.
I have a 3ft x3ft sheet of 5.10 C4 5.5 thick rubber if you are interested.
$110.00 plus shipping if you are interested.

Gunkiemike · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 2,936

Can we start a list here of folks who might want part of Dwain's rubber? 9 people could each take a 12x12 inch piece for example, at only, say $15 (to cover shipping). Last I saw of the resole kits, they were going for $35 or so. I suspect that price is a big part of the reason they went away.

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275

Isn't 5.5mm a bit too thick? I think it would be for me.

Julian H · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2017 · Points: 5

100 bucks is actually cheap. I got a quote for 5mm Vibram 2 by 3 ft at 205 bucks.

You can grind the rubber to any thickness. Or you can leave the rubber at the toe 5.5 and grind the  rest as you please 

Gunkiemike · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 2,936
Julian H wrote: 
You can grind the rubber to any thickness. Or you can leave the rubber at the toe 5.5 and grind the  rest as you please 

That's what I've done. It's pretty neat actually.

Julian H · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2017 · Points: 5

What do you use to press the soles after gluing? Clamps? 

Garrett Genereux · · Laramie, WY · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 10
solesurvivor.club/

A fairly cheap DIY option prior to full resole.
Andrew Child · · Corvallis, Or · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 846

Dwain. I'm interested in buying some or all of your rubber. Are you willing to divvy it up into smaller pieces as gunkiemike suggested? If not I would be willing to buy all of it and send patches to anyone who wants some.

Tim Stich · · Colorado Springs, Colorado · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 1,482

I tried to do a resole back when the rubber was pretty cheap. Not sure why it has gotten crazy expensive now. In any case, the resole was a disaster and I never attempted it again.

Cosmiccragsman AKA Dwain · · Las Vegas, Nevada · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 116
Andrew Child wrote: Dwain. I'm interested in buying some or all of your rubber. Are you willing to divvy it up into smaller pieces as gunkiemike suggested? If not I would be willing to buy all of it and send patches to anyone who wants some.
Andrew, PM me with your phone number


Julian H · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2017 · Points: 5
Garrett Genereux wrote: solesurvivor.club/

A fairly cheap DIY option prior to full resole.

I can’t figure out what is it. Is it like inner tube patch made out of vibram rubber?

Cosmiccragsman AKA Dwain · · Las Vegas, Nevada · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 116

Good talking with you, Andrew.
I'll send you some info on the hand held sander and best cement to use
when I send you the rubber.
Dwain/Cosmic

Olav Grøttveit · · Bergen, Hordaland · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 5

Do you want to do it for the fun or to save money?

A resole with vibram x-edge or vibram xs-grip costs about 30 dollars inkluded the shipping, done by a professional here in Norway. A bit more if you got a hole in the toe that also needs patching though. Materials and wages are cheaper in the US, so can you not get it resoled for like 20 dollars?

lethal weapon II · · Pangea · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 35
Olav Grøttveit wrote: Do you want to do it for the fun or to save money?

A resole with vibram x-edge or vibram xs-grip costs about 30 dollars inkluded the shipping, done by a professional here in Norway. A bit more if you got a hole in the toe that also needs patching though. Materials and wages are cheaper in the US, so can you not get it resoled for like 20 dollars?

I usually pay 40-50 in the US for a professional resole. 

Olav Grøttveit · · Bergen, Hordaland · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 5
lethal weapon II wrote:

I usually pay 40-50 in the US for a professional resole. 

Wow !
is there no competition? 

Gunkiemike · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 2,936
lethal weapon II wrote:

I usually pay 40-50 in the US for a professional resole. 

After adding shipping both ways, it would be closer to 60.

Olav Grøttveit · · Bergen, Hordaland · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 5

If the Norwegian guy gets the rubber for free, then he would need to finish a pair of shoes in less then 40 minutes.. (roughly estimated minimum wage with taxes) I dont know how much the rubber costs, but we pay 25% tax on that one too.. So he probably needs less than 30 minutes to do the job. (granted, he does collect the shoes and does not start before he has a bunch of them, it usually takes a week, maybe two)

Do you pay to get your shoes back asap then ok, that would get more expencive. But still.. Damn where does your money go?

C. limbnski · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 5
Olav Grøttveit wrote:.. Damn where does your money go?

This here is 'murica and that's the kind of question we don't ask *rolleyes*

Garrett Genereux · · Laramie, WY · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 10
Julian H wrote:

I can’t figure out what is it. Is it like inner tube patch made out of vibram rubber?


Yup, pretty much! With really strong glue included. 

Layne Zuelke · · Baton Rouge, LA · Joined Mar 2019 · Points: 30

I’ve resoled shoes before. Small, nuanced and important steps make all the difference between success and failure. It doesn’t take much to screw it up and end up with flapping rubber your first trip out. How much money can you earn in two hours? If it’s the same or more than a resole then let the pros do it and save yourself some headache. And possibly your shoes. 

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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