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I'm looking to buy some of these, wondering if anyone has any prior experience with them. Tried them on in my size and found they were pretty comfortable relative to my current boots. Could anyone tell me how they rate: stretch, sticky, suitability wise??? Cheers.
5.10 ascent shoes are reviewed by users in the gear guide on www.rockclimbing.com
Firstly, I have a pair and love them. Secondly, I've only had one other pair of climbing shoes
before so can't give you a very technical review of them having not much else to compare with
and not being a 'high-end' user; have been climbing low grade trad and low 20s sport routes).
I bought them to replace my Scarpa Helixs which were too narrow for me which killed me on
multi-pitch routes, I even whipped them off inbetween every climb indoors too. The Ascent are a
wider shoe and suite me much better.
I went to Cliff Hanger and tried on every shoe that would be suitable for multi-pitch stuff and was
throwing up between the Ascents and some purple ones (Murias or something maybe) after trying
on all models. I went for the Ascents and was surprised that for a comfy shoe they still offered
good precision on difficult climbs. I think this is due to a slight hook in their shape (nowhere near
the hook you see in the lighter extremer shoes) keeping your toes a bit scrunched up which helps
focus your strength onto your toes.
They are holding up pretty well after a years use with almost weekly use. They didn't stretch that
much in length, quarter of a size maybe, as they are lined, but some may say they have given a
bit more in the width; being velcro you don't get that snug fit up the whole foot but I like the
handyness of velcro. My street size is 45 and the shoes are 44.5 which surprised me (5-10s may
be small for their sizing) as my previous pair was two sizes smaller.
I would say they are are good edging shoe due to the stiffness of the construction which may
mean you loose some feel when smearing but I find it easy making precis foot placements and
trusting that they will stick due to the earlier mentioned slight hook they have in the shape (last?).
... plus they are comfy.
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