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Feb 3, 2013
Which way again?
I just took a look at the R.I.P. Supermocc page, and thought to myself, yeah. Why is it that the best shoes get discontinued, or changed to the point they don't fit their longtime wearers?

This is the zombie shoe thread. Post up your favorite pair of discontinued shoes, why they were great, and why they should bring them back.

Mine?
Green anasazi mesa
Green anasazi mesa

A laceup with HF rubber, stickiest I've had on 5.10 shoes-smeared like nobody's business. The heel from the Dragon, combined with the lacing, means that heel hooking was effortless, solid, and precise. The shoe fit like a narrow Anasazi, kind of like the old blue women's anasazi, snug but not painful in the least. One of my favorite things was a crazy stiff forefoot insert-a piece of fiberglass that made these things edge like ice skates. Total precision, no foot fatigue, snug laceup fit-my beat old many-times resoled pair STILL climbs better than a brand new pair of V2 Blancos.

Bring them back, 5.10!
Cunning Linguist
Joined Feb 15, 2007
2,478 points
Feb 3, 2013
Stabby
La Sportiva Kendo's
Asolo Runouts
5.10 UFO's.
Mike Lane
From Centennial, CO
Joined Jan 21, 2006
839 points
Feb 3, 2013
The Cathedral Spires in RMNP, left to right: Stile...
5.10 Ascents

5.10 V-Mile
Marc H
From Lafayette, CO
Joined May 10, 2007
280 points
Feb 3, 2013
It seems that many a boulderer has pined for the return of the V10. JCM
From Seattle, WA
Joined Jun 9, 2008
53 points
Feb 3, 2013
Also of note, from the responses thus far, and the responses I predict to come, the majority of the shoes mentioned were made by 5.10. It seems that 5.10, among shoe companies, is most guilty of ceasing production of popular and well-designed models. JCM
From Seattle, WA
Joined Jun 9, 2008
53 points
Feb 3, 2013
Yosemite Valley..
Sportiva Kaukulator is still one of my all time favs. Luckily I snagged a pair years ago in the late 90's before production stopped. I climb in them at least once a year and they never let me down. Rob Kepley
From Westminster,CO
Joined Dec 28, 2005
1,154 points
Feb 3, 2013
5.10 jet 7. I loved that shoe. Blew through the toe on one but still wear the other occasionally Brannen
From Flowery Branch, GA
Joined Oct 11, 2010
3 points
Administrator
Feb 3, 2013
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La Sportiva Vipers



A versatile shoe with great sensitivity that fit like a glove. It could be an excellent edging/face shoe, yet rip a up a crack at the same time. The go-to shoe for granite, a high performance City of Rocks style slipper. Slab slayer, face climber, crack attacker! A painless, precision shoe. I have two pair, both on their second resole. Pry them from my cold, dead hands!
grk10vq
Joined Mar 29, 2006
5,147 points
Feb 3, 2013
The Cathedral Spires in RMNP, left to right: Stile...
grk10vq wrote:
La Sportiva Vipers


I thought I had a pair from the mid 90s. But I just realized they might be the second generation Vipers, AKA Cobras. I'm sure someone can fill me on the timeline..

Vipers or Cobras?
Vipers or Cobras?


What are these?
Marc H
From Lafayette, CO
Joined May 10, 2007
280 points
Feb 3, 2013
The Pinks! Tradoholic
Joined Apr 17, 2004
12,440 points
Feb 3, 2013
kauks nick manning
From superior,az
Joined Jan 14, 2013
7 points
Feb 3, 2013
Relaxing in the Tuttle Creek Campground after a fu...
Acopa Spectres. I don't think they can come back, since Acopa is no more, but sized snug with fully bent toes they are still so comfortable! I've got two pairs that I'm resoling as necessary, but I'll be sad when they finally wear to the point of no return. Cory
From Boise, ID
Joined Mar 25, 2008
2,521 points
Feb 3, 2013
Morning #1 of 25
Mantra S
Mantra S

Mantra S, the original speedster but with real edges! Bring it Back!
T.Dailey
From Avon
Joined Oct 28, 2008
94 points
Feb 3, 2013
Upper Parunuweap Canyon
RIP
RIP


Perfect fit (no slingshot rand) for my somewhat wide feet. I climbed my hardest (techy) sport routes to date in them, yet they were comfy enough for long multi-pitch.

The Evolv Demortos were a worthy substitute, though also now discontinued.
fossana
From Sin City & Bishop
Joined Apr 30, 2006
12,081 points
Feb 3, 2013
Boreal Fires
because they were super comfortable on long trad routes and extremely durable
TWK
Joined Sep 15, 2012
164 points
Feb 3, 2013
fossana wrote:
The Evolv Demortos were a worthy substitute, though also now discontinued.


Though theyve changed them somewhat with the VTR, the Demorto is one of Evolvs better sellers and is still in production.
John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 1, 2004
2,377 points
Feb 4, 2013
The Boreal Laser! The original version, Lynn Hill used to rock 'em too! ACR
Joined Nov 15, 2011
576 points
Feb 4, 2013
High Exposure
La Sportiva Mariacher. Because they were high top to protect my ankles and were the last climbing shoe to really fit my feet. wivanoff
Joined Mar 3, 2012
121 points
Administrator
Feb 4, 2013
Pure bliss..
Mike Lane wrote:
La Sportiva Kendo's Asolo Runouts 5.10 UFO's.


Exactly, and in order!
Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
589 points
Feb 4, 2013
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Marc H wrote:
I thought I had a pair from the mid 90s. But I just realized they might be the second generation Vipers, AKA Cobras. I'm sure someone can fill me on the timeline.. What are these?

Those are Cobras. I think they came just after the first gen Vipers (the blue ones), around 96/97. The yellow Vipers came much later.
Paul P
From RSA
Joined May 31, 2012
5 points
Feb 4, 2013
The orange Runouts or the green Runouts? Which was the first generation? For a while the shop I worked in had both. I seem to recall the orange version had a different toe profile and they stained your feet orange every time you wore them.

Anybody remember the black and yellow "Kevlar" version? They sucked big time. I'll try to find pictures
ACR
Joined Nov 15, 2011
576 points
Administrator
Feb 4, 2013
A Very Not Snowy Christmas...
V10 was a beast... Morgan Patterson
Joined Oct 13, 2009
8,417 points
Feb 4, 2013
The Cathedral Spires in RMNP, left to right: Stile...
Paul P wrote:
Those are Cobras. I think they came just after the first gen Vipers (the blue ones), around 96/97. The yellow Vipers came much later.


Awesome. Thanks!
Marc H
From Lafayette, CO
Joined May 10, 2007
280 points
Feb 4, 2013
Upper Parunuweap Canyon
John Wilder wrote:
Though theyve changed them somewhat with the VTR, the Demorto is one of Evolvs better sellers and is still in production.


Hey John,

I was told by an Evolv rep that they were ending production as of 2012. At any rate the redesigned model doesn't fit me well.
fossana
From Sin City & Bishop
Joined Apr 30, 2006
12,081 points
Feb 4, 2013


older Ninjas, the newer ones sucked and should have been discontinued.

and yes, the 5.10 UFO rocked.
chuffnugget
From Bolder, CO
Joined Sep 14, 2011
22 points
Feb 5, 2013
grk10vq wrote:
La Sportiva Vipers


I have a pair of these and was never really impressed...though I think that's more because I don't like slippers and less because of the shoe itself. (Mine are yellow size 43 if you're on the hunt for another pair...)

Rob Kepley wrote:
Sportiva Kaukulator is still one of my all time favs.


These are before my time as a climber, but one of my climbing partners never shuts up about how awesome these were/are.
Ian Stewart
Joined May 17, 2010
166 points


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