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Discussion in 'Archives - Yahoo Canyons Group' started by RAM, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. RAM

    RAM Guest

    Are these the shoes?

    Tom in Pottymouth and then on the 1st scout of Glaucoma http://picasaweb.google.com/aramv14/MarchTrip2008#5186201781913522466 http://picasaweb.google.com/aramv14/MarchTrip2008#5186202434748551650

    Landon in Glaucoma on first recorded descent http://picasaweb.google.com/aramv14/MarchTrip2008#5186202645201949234 http://picasaweb.google.com/aramv14/MarchTrip2008#5186202924374823554

    --- In Yahoo Canyons Group, "tj_wetherell" <tj_wetherell@...> wrote:
    Landon has mad skills and wears Sportiva - wanna have mad skills too? wear Sportiva! > I can attest that the above is not true, because I wear Sportivas.
    Couple of add-ons. My original 5.10 canyoneers busted at the buckles - the bright yellow doesn't look as good when covered in duct-tape. I hear they have updated them but I'm not going to risk it. Fortunately 5.10 also have the Exum Guide and Camp 4 - same sole/footbed but no buckles - choose between high and low top, and like Tom J. said, vary the volume with footbeds. Of course, with laces and subdued colors you aren't going to get any cred while in line at the Zion V.C.
    Like Landon, my feet are narrow and I prefer the Sportiva's since they breath very well and are effectively a running shoe with a sticky tread. I find them to be very comfortable. They are not without issues though. With so much breathable mesh they collect sand, and the forward "dot" part of the tread is not very deep and wore out more quickly than the deep pattern on the 5.10's. I still prefer them for most things, but would not wear them on long sand wash walks....
    -tom(w)
    > --- In Yahoo Canyons Group, "Landon" <utah_boarder2000@> wrote:

    I have been canyoneering in La Sportivas exclusively for the last 4 years or so. I originally had 3 or so pairs of the Exum Rivers, which had their strenghths and weaknesses. My last pair of Rivers started bursting at the seams after 1(really long) canyon. So I returned them for a pair of Exum Pro shoes http://www.sportiva.com/products/prod/519 since they had recently discontinued the Exum River.

    I have had 1 pair of Exum Pros for probably 2 years now and love them! I was rather skeptical of them at first, but they have been great, and held up surprisingly well. They have the same tread pattern and sole as the Rivers did, though much ligher and a little in between the river and the canyoneer on stiffness. I even run and hike in them. For those ridiculous long approaches, they are the most comfortable shoe I have worn. They also dry out very quickly! Remember, that La Sportiva generally builds their shoes with a narrower foot in mind. People with wide feet probably won't like them.

    The 5.10s are supposedly a little stickier, but i have done some of the hardest high stemmers on the Colorado Plateau in them the last couple years, and they haven't failed me yet. I actually feel that the stiffer sole and narrower foot allows for more precise foot placements and edging mid-canyon. They're about 30 bucks cheaper too!

    You'd think I work for La Sportiva or something ;) I didn't mean this to sound like a sales pitch, though Maybe they should be sending me a couple pairs of shoes for this review;) But my point is, if you are looking at other options, the Exum Pro is one that I have found to work quite well as long as you don't have fat feet.

    In the end it's a matter of preference, foot type, and the kind of canyoneering you do.

    Sorry so long winded,

    Landon
    >
  2. tj_wetherell

    tj_wetherell Guest

    Ram,

    Camp 4: http://tinyurl.com/2ef4nwc Exum Guide: http://tinyurl.com/26brqdh

    Exum Pro: http://tinyurl.com/28kmx3f

    -tom(w)

    --- In Yahoo Canyons Group, "RAM" <adkramoo@...> wrote:
    Are these the shoes?
    Tom in Pottymouth and then on the 1st scout of Glaucoma > http://picasaweb.google.com/aramv14/MarchTrip2008#5186201781913522466
    http://picasaweb.google.com/aramv14/MarchTrip2008#5186202434748551650
    > Landon in Glaucoma on first recorded descent > http://picasaweb.google.com/aramv14/MarchTrip2008#5186202645201949234
    http://picasaweb.google.com/aramv14/MarchTrip2008#5186202924374823554

    --- In Yahoo Canyons Group, "tj_wetherell" <tj_wetherell@> wrote:

    Landon has mad skills and wears Sportiva - wanna have mad skills too? wear Sportiva!
    I can attest that the above is not true, because I wear Sportivas.

    Couple of add-ons. My original 5.10 canyoneers busted at the buckles - the bright yellow doesn't look as good when covered in duct-tape. I hear they have updated them but I'm not going to risk it. Fortunately 5.10 also have the Exum Guide and Camp 4 - same sole/footbed but no buckles - choose between high and low top, and like Tom J. said, vary the volume with footbeds. Of course, with laces and subdued colors you aren't going to get any cred while in line at the Zion V.C.

    Like Landon, my feet are narrow and I prefer the Sportiva's since they breath very well and are effectively a running shoe with a sticky tread. I find them to be very comfortable. They are not without issues though. With so much breathable mesh they collect sand, and the forward "dot" part of the tread is not very deep and wore out more quickly than the deep pattern on the 5.10's. I still prefer them for most things, but would not wear them on long sand wash walks....

    -tom(w)


    --- In Yahoo Canyons Group, "Landon" <utah_boarder2000@> wrote:


    I have been canyoneering in La Sportivas exclusively for the last 4 years or so. I originally had 3 or so pairs of the Exum Rivers, which had their strenghths and weaknesses. My last pair of Rivers started bursting at the seams after 1(really long) canyon. So I returned them for a pair of Exum Pro shoes http://www.sportiva.com/products/prod/519 since they had recently discontinued the Exum River.


    I have had 1 pair of Exum Pros for probably 2 years now and love them! I was rather skeptical of them at first, but they have been great, and held up surprisingly well. They have the same tread pattern and sole as the Rivers did, though much ligher and a little in between the river and the canyoneer on stiffness. I even run and hike in them. For those ridiculous long approaches, they are the most comfortable shoe I have worn. They also dry out very quickly! Remember, that La Sportiva generally builds their shoes with a narrower foot in mind. People with wide feet probably won't like them.


    The 5.10s are supposedly a little stickier, but i have done some of the hardest high stemmers on the Colorado Plateau in them the last couple years, and they haven't failed me yet. I actually feel that the stiffer sole and narrower foot allows for more precise foot placements and edging mid-canyon. They're about 30 bucks cheaper too!


    You'd think I work for La Sportiva or something ;) I didn't mean this to sound like a sales pitch, though Maybe they should be sending me a couple pairs of shoes for this review;) But my point is, if you are looking at other options, the Exum Pro is one that I have found to work quite well as long as you don't have fat feet.


    In the end it's a matter of preference, foot type, and the kind of canyoneering you do.


    Sorry so long winded,


    Landon
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