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Jun 18, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Belaying 2nd (or was it 3rd? 4th?) on Turk's Head ...
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?
Ted Pinson
From Chicago, IL
Joined Jul 11, 2014
178 points
Jun 18, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo by Julie Ellison
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. Trevor.
From Boise, ID
Joined Apr 16, 2012
727 points
Jun 18, 2016
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.
highaltitudeflatulentexpulsion
From Colorado
Joined Oct 29, 2012
43 points
Jun 18, 2016
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. Chameleon
Joined Jul 11, 2008
6 points
Jun 18, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Belaying 2nd (or was it 3rd? 4th?) on Turk's Head ...
Ha. That happened to me from just wearing Moccasyms climbing. Ted Pinson
From Chicago, IL
Joined Jul 11, 2014
178 points
Jun 18, 2016
climbing shoes make it hard to swim/treadwater, make sure to bring a floaty so you don't died Andrew Wood
Joined Jul 26, 2015
65 points
Jun 19, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: After a very very damp and cold evening climbing o...
I'm going to be wearing la sportiva speedsters for a DWS comp this year how will they do? No idea. that guy named seb
Joined Oct 24, 2015
182 points
Jun 20, 2016
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.
David Gibbs
From Ottawa, ON
Joined Aug 18, 2010
10 points
Jun 22, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Climb of an easy water ice route near Colorado Spr...
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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.
Faulted Geologist
From Lawrence, KS
Joined Jan 7, 2015
161 points
Jun 22, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Belaying 2nd (or was it 3rd? 4th?) on Turk's Head ...
Ha...I see what you did there. Ted Pinson
From Chicago, IL
Joined Jul 11, 2014
178 points


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