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Shoe sizing
1:02:57 AM
Hi guys,

Just wondering what shoe sizes everyone was, and what size they took in climbing shoes. Is there much of a difference? Im looking to buy some second hand/online, and wanted to have some idea of what I was getting into.

I have only really climbed gyms before, and some fun stuff at Camels Hump and Hanging Rock, so im certainly not looking for anything special! Thanks in advance for your help. :)
10:45:38 AM
I find it varies alot depending on the brand, and your level of tolerance for squashed feet. Best to head in to a climbing shop in town and make like you're going to buy a pair, to be sure that you really get it right.

10:53:11 AM
A good test is to stand on your toes when you're wearing your shoes because that's what it going to be like when you're edging. Your tips should be snug against the end of the toe box.

Don't forget the leather will stretch a little too.

2:25:42 PM
hanging rock ey??? when and how'd you get away with it? i take it your local to the area?

Because atm i'm lying on the couch looking at it...
4:47:15 PM
Ive always just driven in and parked in the car park there. Then just gone either around the back, or to the right of the trail. Ive never used ropes to climb there at all, so its mainly been fun/mucking around type stuff.

Thanks for the help guys. What size normal shoes are you compared to your rock shoes?
5:28:34 PM
Different brands have different sizing...Five Ten try to make their sizes the same as your normal everyday shoe. Best to go into the shops and try some on...My Scarpa's were size 42, and my Five Tens were 42, the difference was as much as an inch! Thought it was really wierd until the guy at the shop told me about the sizings...the Sportivas i just bought are size 37 1/ yea go into a shop and check.

5:45:10 PM
I'd say most peeps have a larger walking shoe than climbing shoe, by about 4 euro sizes or 1.5 - 2 british. eg i'm 40.5 / 44.5, 6.5/8.5
12:13:28 PM
I generally take 45 (10 1/2) for walking shoes but my climbing shoes are 42 or 43. Never tried sizing any 5.10's though.
Currently am struggling with breaking in my Chili Phantom's .. they are a very tight fit and become v. painful after 3-4 pitches. No fun. I think they are marked "42.5".
- Steve

9:50:17 PM
I'm normally a size 9Uk/43-44 in street shoes, and range from 39.5 to 42.5 depending on brand. 39.5 in La Sportiva Mirages, 42.5 in Mad Rock Phoenix, 41.5 La Sportiva Synchro, 42 in Scarpa velcro Vision, 41 in Boreal Zen.

Basically make and model will vary in sizing.

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