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Reviews by Vakoilija (2)

Blackwing Climbing Shoe Mens Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Lace Up

Bouldering oriented supple shoes with very soft Stealth HF rubber 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: Vakoilija, 2013-01-11

Very slipper like shoes. Soft and sensitive.

I have slight morton's toe and high arch foot. The ball of my foot is quite wide too. Standard shoe size around 41-42. I got Blackwings in size 42 and they are still a bit narrow for the widest part of my feet but otherwise feel great.

The sole didn't last too long, but the shoes handled resole ok.

I like hooking with these shoes. There isn't rubber for toe hooking but I added some by my self.

Great shoes for indoor bouldering. For outdoors (mainly granite) I prefer stiffer midsoles.

Miura Shoe (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.79/5 Average Rating : 4.79/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Lace Up

Quick to lace-up allrounder 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: Vakoilija, 2011-12-24

Comfortable leather shoe that comforms to foot. Pointed toe to stick to the smallest pockets. XS Edge sole is on the harder side making these shoes great for edging on granite.

These shoes are incredibly fast to lace up! I wish all my shoes had quick laces like Miura.

Even though these shoes are near perfect for me, the simplistic 15 year old design has it's negative aspects too. In late 90's nobody had heard of P3 system.The lacing could also run assymmetric like in Andrea Boldrini's Tigers and La Sportiva Testarossas. For toe hooking there could be a bit of rubber on the top of the toe. However, when I'm climbing something that requires lots of toe hooks, I'm propably wearing Blackwings anyway.

I first bought a pair in too comfortable size 40. Sold those to my friend and came back to Miuras when I needed good edging shoes. Now I wear performance size 38,5. My street shoe size runs around 41-42.

I have slight morton's toe and was surprised how Miuras feel more comfortable than the Katanas. There was slight pressure at the outer sides of the ball of my feet at first, but it happens to me with any shoe. The heel is like magic!

There's no fancy materials like Lorica inside the toe box, so be prepared for a little bit of rubbing against your toe knuckles during your first sends! My shoes felt good already at the store and even better after a couple of bouldering sessions. I wouldn't climb whole day in these, however.