Review by: irishmonkey, 2006-03-21
ok all these 2 and 1 ratings are absolute crap.
i own a pair of these and a pair of moccs so heres the specs.
the southwest do lack some sensitivity though they will break in.
if you are only going to buy one shoe i wouldnt recomend this but it is an excellent second shoe.
overhangs - no, lack of sensitivity makes it very difficult feel when and where u need to apply pressure.
routes - definetley, the edging is incredible the they smear fine. the reason people say it doesnt is because due to the stiffness it is sometimes difficult to get the full sole flat on the fall when there not broken in. even then i never slipped and i was smearing with practically just the toe.
bouldering-selectivley incredible and even when not still works fine. your able to distribute more weight onto your feet allowing your hands to be used more effectivley.
great second shoe. edges amazing, smears fine, overhanging and roofs are a no but seriosly the edging makes up for it, its like a great secret weapon.
3/5 of the time it give you a amazingly huge advantage. 2/5 better off with something more sensitive like the moccs.
like i said great second shoe