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Reviews - March 2006

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15th Mar 2006 Laptop Bag: Exped Crush

Every now and again something comes along that’s innovative, practical and most importantly, affordable. This is one of those items. Basically if you have a laptop you are probably pretty...

7th Mar 2006 Guidebook: Rockfax Heavy Water - Ice Climbing In Rjukan Norway

Heavy Water - Ice Climbing in Rjukan Norway Jon Haukassveen & Tom Atle Bordevik It’s all the rage this winter, ice climbing in Norway. Sure Brits have been hopping across the North Sea every...

7th Mar 2006 Bouldering Mar: Red Chili Splashdown

My first bouldering mat was made by my mum. It had a waterproof cover, a single piece of medium density foam inside, and a couple of elasticated carry handles. It was great at the time, but I now...

7th Mar 2006 Belay Device: Wild Country VC Pro

Wild Country VC Pro I have a fair amount of climbing kit, much of it very nice, lightweight and easy to use. I am the first to admit then, that the fact that I still use a beaten-up old Stitcht...

7th Mar 2006 Karabiner: Wild Country Xenon

  The Xenon is basically a full sized karabiner that has been trimmed down to make it pretty light weight. At 36g this is indeed lighter than average. It fits snugly in the hand, has a slim-line...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: La Sportiva Katana

£80.00 | Velcro | size reviewed 9 (foot size 10) | weight 553g | medium asymmetry An old classic nowadays, the Katana still has many features that make them stand out. Firstly we love the...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: 5.10 Anasazi Lace Up

£70.00 | Velcro | size reviewed 9.5 (foot size 10) | weight 497g | medium asymmetry The old classic, these really were ahead of their time. Having been around a while now other makes have caught...

1st Mar 2006 Fingerboard: Metolius Wood Grips

Woodgrips Finger Board It’s been a while since I used a finger board and I am a fir bit stronger now than then. Hopefully this will mean that I can remain injury free, unlike last time… The...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: 5.10 T Rock

£70.00 | Lace Up | size reviewed 10.5 (foot size 10) | weight 546g | high asymmetry A large fit which results in some light pressure points high around the ankle, and a typically baggy Five Ten...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Evolv Predator

£70.00 | Velcro | size reviewed 10.5 (foot size 10) | weight 513g | medium asymmetry Evolv are a fairly new make to the UK. The two pairs tested here were very distinctive in looks so should...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Twins Skin Stone

£48.99 | Slipper | size reviewed 10 (foot size 10) | weight 541g | high asymmetry Currently distributed only out of the Leeds climbing wall, and originating from Italy Twins are set to make a...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: 5.10 Galileo

£70.00 | Velcro | size reviewed 10 (foot size 10) | weight 545g | medium asymmetry Some of the tightest shoes on trial - make sure you don’t buy too small. The tight fit makes them feel stiffer...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Evolv Kaos

£68.00 | Velcro | size reviewed 9.5 (foot size 10) | weight 502g | low asymmetry Very yellow! These shoes like their cousin stand out. Billed as excelling at edging, they are straight lasted and...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Scarpa Tifosi

£80.00 | Lace Up | size reviewed 9.5 (foot size 10) | weight 551g | high asymmetry Certainly one of the most aggressive shoes on review. Virtually useless for smearing as the toes is so downward...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Boreal Crux

£72.95 | Velcro | size reviewed 10 (foot size 10) | weight 588g | medium asymmetry Boreal claim that their new rubber is so sticky that the boots have to be shipped in separate plastic bags to...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Boreal Piranha

£74.95 | Lace Up | size reviewed 10 (foot size 10) | weight 637g | low asymmetry The Piranha is a nice simple looking shoe. Built on a fairly straight narrow last with the latest Boreal rubber...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Red Chili Spirit Velcro Impact Zone

£65.00 | Velcro | size reviewed 9.5 (foot size 10) | weight 593g | medium asymmetry Let’s begin by getting something out of the way. What a daft name. The Boreal Ace or Five Ten Anasazi –...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Acopa Chameleon

  £71.99 | Velcro | size reviewed 9.5 (foot size 10) | weight 556g | medium asymmetry Acopa are an American brand designed by legend John Bachar. Initial impressions were important as we had no...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Acopa B3

  £75.99 | Velcro | size reviewed 9.5 (foot size 10) | weight 569g | medium asymmetry The B3 is a beefy, solid shoe that looks like it is going to last. They are fairly old fashioned in general...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Quechua Vuarde Tech

£49.95 | Velcro | size reviewed 10 (foot size 10) | weight 562g | low asymmetry If the blurb is to be believed Quechua are soon to become the largest manufacturer of outdoor gear in the world....

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Twins Bomba

£58.99 | Velcro | size reviewed 10 (foot size 10) | weight 504g | medium asymmetry Twins are a new company to the British market and look to have some interesting options. The Bomba’s are a...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Montrail Wasabi

£70.00 | Velcro | size reviewed 10 (foot size 10) | weight 473g | medium asymmetry The lightest shoes in the review, if you are working on a project where every gram helps then the Wasabi’s are...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Scarpa Vision Velcro

£69.99 | Velcro | size reviewed 9.5 (foot size 10) | weight 503g | low asymmetry The Vision Velcro’s are one of the comfiest high performance shoes we have ever used. Actually they are probably...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Montrail Magnet

£70.00 | Lace Up | size reviewed 10 (foot size 10) | weight 475g | medium asymmetry Montrail are relatively new to the rock UK shoe market. They are certainly making a big impression by...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Red Chili X Cubes

£65.00 | Velcro | size reviewed 9.5 (foot size 10) | weight 549g | high asymmetry The X-Cube is a distinctive looking shoe with bright orange and yellow colouring. This boot uses an open two part...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Madrock Shogun

£69.00 | Lace Up | size reviewed 10 (foot size 10) | weight 498g | high asymmetry  An interesting feature of these shoes from Mammut is the collection of ridges under the mid-sole and heel....

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Quechua Ballerine

£34.95 | Slipper | size reviewed 9.5 (foot size 10) | weight 553g | high asymmetry The Ballerine is a fairly standard looking slipper design with a large piece of elastic at the front and a...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Madrock Hooker EZ

  £70.00 | Velcro | size reviewed 10 (foot size 10) | weight 572g | low asymmetry, but very aggressive Mad Rock have a relatively short, but colourful history of manufacturing rock shoes that...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: Mammut Karma

£59.00 | Slipper | size reviewed 10 (foot size 10) | weight 480g | low asymmetry Probably the most striking and stylish of the shoes on test, the Mammut slipper has a white synthetic suede...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: La Sportiva Venom

£70.00 | Slipper | size reviewed 8.5 (foot size 10) | weight 525g | high asymmetry Slippers generally have to be so tight in order to stop them slipping, that they are uncomfortable. This is...

1st Mar 2006 Rock Shoes: 5.10 Anasazi Velcros

£70.00 | Velcro | size reviewed 10 (foot size 10) | weight 532g | medium asymmetry One of the classics. These boots have a conventional double Velcro closure, synthetic low stretch upper, a split...

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