Sportiva Men's Xplorer
This product is invaluable because they are so good at their job
Utah is rough terrain and these shoes are fantastic for grip and wearing. I always have a stash of them ready.
01 June 2015
Good for general scrambling/easy climbing
Rather than trying to make an approach shoe pretending to be a climbing shoe, and thus being terrible on anything rather than rock, this is an approach shoe that is actually good at the approach part and not terrible on loose mud/grass. It still climbs OK though, particularly if you lace it tightly. I intend to use it on long easy mountaineering enchainments with some VDiff grade stuff but mostly just scrambling/moving together. They will still be better on rock (including scree) than on grass but are fairly stable on loose material; if your walk-in is mostly grass then why are you wearing approach shoes? There isn't a massive amount of tread on them, so I expect they will wear out with use (like climbing shoes) but at the discounted price I got them that should be fine - and I am happy to 'spend' the rubber on the rock (just like with a climbing shoe).
PS they are completely non-waterproof (although they do dry out quickly) so walking through damp grass higher than the rubber rand will get your feet wet...
01 June 2015
Nice fit and bridges the approach/rockshoe requirment and look the biz
Got these on sale, the 42 is a good fit and I plan to try and get a pair of 41.5s for scrambling.
Shame 1/2 sizes are hard to get in the UK.
Bit early to tell, but so far so good.
28 May 2015
Does exactly what it says on the tin
This is a great product. I was worried about spending that much money and not getting what I wanted, but I was not disappointed. They are incredibly comfy and have great grip. I just hope they last and if they do, I will keep buying them.
27 April 2015
I have been wearing these for outdoor work and they offer great support, feel very dynamic and seem pretty tough so far. The slight downside is they are pretty hard on your feet after wearing them for a few long days.
09 March 2015
Expensive, but very comfy and very light. Feel durable but too early to say
25 August 2014
Quality walking and general purpose trainer, good for those trips to ski resorts as well. Good water resistance and quick drying, hard wearing and comfortable, whilst still being relatively light weight
27 January 2014
An awesome product!
I used these for a 3 week trip around the dolomites, Val di Mello and Cham and they were faultless. I bought them close fitting to improve their sensitivity when climbing and did not suffer because of this on any long descents. We did long routes, via ferratas, walks, the lot, and they did not flinch once. The heel cup is close fitting, the lacing is excellent allowing you cinch them up tight for the descent and whilst climbing, they shed water very well, the grip is amazing - simply cannot fault them!
18 September 2012