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Ladies n Gents
I was wondering if anyone has any experiene with the Asolo Distance model approach shoes as an aid climbing shoe? I was initially looking for the montrail D7s but they are no longer available. Any other suggestions would be appreciated as well! Thanks in advance
blake


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I have no experience with either but I think some people here use approach shoes for aiding, Personally I like something with more of a light hiking boot-type sole that I can stand in aiders all day w/o killing my arches. I prefer the boot-style to the running shoe cut for approaches and descents through brush, scree, etc. because it protects my feet/ankles when thrashing my way in or out. I never spend too much on them because the toes tend to get thrashed no matter what I put on them (epoxy, duct tape, etc.) and basically get a new pair every year.
If there is any free or mixed climbing on the route, I pack my rock shoes along.


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I've used a pair of Montrail D7's resoled with Stealth rubber. The sticky rubber makes it nice when you need to step out of the aiders for a free move or two.


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I'v eused 5.10 Mountain Masters for 3 seasons of moderate aid. If I don't plan to step out of the aiders all day, I will wear some backpacking boots with a nylon shank. They protect my toes and arches better.


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I used these on El Cap this spring and they worked very well.



I think sticky rubber is critical on the East Ledges descent when you are shouldering a heavy pig.


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This Thread HERE for some associated information.


Or, here's another post for my personal favorite approach+freeclimb+aid boot.

the link on that post has been broken. here's mtntools page with the product and their description. the high-top keeps pebbles out of your footbed on the approach, as well as offering additional ankle support for those long approaches/descents while carrying a loaded haul bag.


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upon closer inspection of the mtntools page, i discover that they are discontinued, so you might be able to find a pair in your size at a pretty good discount.

...or search for their current iteration of the design.


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Thanks for the link dude, and I checked out those boots! Rad looking but they do not have my size. I have also used the search tool on here and came up with quite a few aid shoe threads. However, none had any information regarding the Asolo Distance, or any new info reagrding Montrail D7s!
-blake


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my pair has seen three trips up the captain, with only one re-rand+resole, still have a couple in them IMO, though the rands need to be re-glued.

I would personally recommend Positive Resoles in J-Tree for any resoling work, provided they are still around. I was extremely pleased with the work they did on those boots, and that was over 3 years ago...


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oh, and i would second fenderfour's suggestion that for serious aiding look for a boot/shoe which has a 3/4 or full length nylon shank, as the pro ascents have. It will make long days in the stirrups that much more bearable.Smile


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stabla wrote:
However, none had any information regarding the Asolo Distance, or any new info reagrding Montrail D7s!
-blake

I have Asolo Distance two weeks now, nothing much clibed in them (one short 5.8 free and they are not bad), but they are pretty stiff under arches, softer under toes. Rubber sole is not so sticky as on LaSportiva B5, rubber rand and leather upper seems to be durable. They fit well, i think they are medium to narrow wide. One thing i dont like on them is- the tongue is somewhat short and when i flex foot more forward its hurt a little. For more info- You have to wait for atleast month, I need survive some adventure in them. Considering also some Scarpa´s so browse theuir website.


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I have had the Distance shoe for almost a year now. I used them on several long aid and free routes in Yosemite. They have held up surprisingly well, however, the seem right off my arch has split so I sewed up the seem and they are good as new. The support that comes from their mini-mountaineering boot look is actually very resilient. I have spent long hours in my aiders without killing my arches.


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