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auston3000


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I'm someone who's just gotten into climbing and I'm now looking to get a pair of shoes and a harness so I won't have to borrow anymore. Any particular recommendations for both items where I could get great use and longevity, yet not burn through my wallet?


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The best bet for your money is 5.10 Spires.

$99.00 and they are durable as dried cow dewp. And they micro edge and smear on glass too...

OMFG!!!

Seriously, try on as many pairs of shoes as possible and buy the ones that are the most comfortable and fit your foot well for begginer shoes!

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True. Buy something inexpensive for the first time. Don't worry about technical shoe etails until you get better. As far as harnesses go, get something that feels comfortable. Make sure you get the right size harness too! I'm quite content with my Scarpa reflex and Wild Country harness.


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my first pair of shoes were boreal diablos and i liked those a lot.


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My first pair were also Diablo's. They fit well and were a good all-around shoe. Like what was stated before, try on as many shoes as possible in the $100 range and see which ones fit the best.


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If your going to buy shoes, go after the new Mad Rocks. Available today! I'm going to order a pair as soon as I scrape together the cash.


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For a first pair of shoes, I would go with something comfortable and fits well. There have been several threads on this topic.

As for a harness, same rules apply! If you are looking for a package deal, check out some of the deals on the internet where you can get shoes, harness, belay device, etc. at a great value.

Good luck and go for comfort!


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If my calander is not mistaken it's Dec. 2 which means Mad Rock shoes have hit the market. Anyone try em' yet? At $90 for the most expinsive pair they have I'd say they have a nice price tag. But how's the shoe?


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www.madrockshoes.com


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As being a relatively new climber myself I tried on a number of shoes and found that the 5.10 spire despite their purple color (for a guy) was a great value, and a great shoe as I've come to find out over the past 2 months.. I'd recommend the spires,


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As for harnesses, I bought a Singing Rock Zenith from REI, because it was $35 and had some good features. I'm totally happy with it. As a beginner, you won't really need any more padding or features.


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Flip Flops Dude, they rock.


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If you are going to get 5.10 spires (which are a good all around shoe) go to http://www.gearexpress.com/ They have a combo with 5.10 spires, harness, chalk bag, atc and biner for around $147.00. Considering the shoes are $99.00 just about everywhere, it's a pretty good deal.


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Harnesses are another subject altogether.. there is so much that depends on what you should spend on aharness, but that deal for shoes, and the whole nine yards sounds pretty good... go and try those on too.. metolius offers a harnesizer that most retail places have if they sell climbing gear, ask them to help to "harnesize" that way the fit will be better etc.. some pluses are padded back and leg straps, don't forget adjustable too... good luck


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You should try looking under the shoe thread index for more info - http://www.rockclimbing.com/articles/view.php?ID=130

This question gets raised quite a bit. As a beginner, you should probably place an emphasis on comfort above everything else. In my opinion, painful shoes (no matter how 'high performance' they might be) only get in the way of building good climbing technique.


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try red chillis, they are a little cheaper, but good. or la sportivas, boreal. 5.10 is the best, but pricy.

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