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Locale: Wasatch
Minimal approach shoes? on 04/14/2013 17:20:24 MDT Print View

I am looking for a minimal or zero drop shoe that would work well as an approach shoe for climbing. I liked my Inov-8 295's but they changed them and I won't be buying the new model. I am used to VFF Komodos and Altra Lone Peaks for hiking and backpacking but neither one actually climbs very well. I have some Five.Ten Guides (and they climb well), but they are a bit heavy and hot and not as minimal as I have come to enjoy. Any suggestions would be welcome.

rOg w
(rOg_w) - F

Locale: rogwilmers.wordpress
deleted on 04/14/2013 17:49:27 MDT Print View


Edited by rOg_w on 06/17/2013 20:15:38 MDT.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
guides on 04/14/2013 22:41:25 MDT Print View

most approach shoes arent minimal, and dont arent that flat .... the guides are one of the flatter ones out there

the daescents are minimalistic, but they arent zero drop, they have foam under em ... but they climb like no other approach shoe

Brian Abram

Locale: The South
Trail Zeros on 04/15/2013 08:40:02 MDT Print View

They aren't very durable, and they aren't stiff enough to climb incredibly well, but I use the New Balance MT00 as an approach shoe. I used them successfully approaching the Diamond on Longs with climbing + bivy gear and for all the NC/CO/NH cragging I've done over the past two years. They are light, and they pack up small.

Nick Truax
(nicktruax) - F

Locale: SW Montana
Inov-8 Griproc 325 on 04/15/2013 14:11:05 MDT Print View

I haven't worn these Inov-8s, but have seen them in person and was intrigued. I believe they are now discontinued - I did find them here with a quick search though:

Edited by nicktruax on 04/15/2013 14:12:20 MDT.