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La Sportiva Tradmaster shoe, good or bad?
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Feb 7, 2012
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yea, just buy some Newtons that are your size! Maybe somebody you know has a used pair for cheap. Mic Fairchild
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Feb 10, 2012
Which way again?
Five ten has a bunch of semi-cheapie models like the Coyote that are similar and way comfortable, usually you'll find them way cheap online as well. If you're all about comfort, it seems like it wouldn't be hard to snap up a pair or two on sale and move on.

I tried on the Tradmasters and just laughed. They were obviously made as a price point shoe, have rubber that is about as sticky as polished wood, and have crapped out on a number of my partners really quickly.

If you want a shoe that really climbs well on difficult gear routes, the Ansazi V2 Lace is the shit. You get what you pay for, though.
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I had the rubber replaced on my Tradmasters soon after getting them, because I had heard about the poor rubber they come with. I think the Tradmaster is a comfortable all-day shoe. It smears well (with the new rubber resole) is comfortable in cracks, but doesn't edge well. Still, I think it is a decent shoe. FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
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Mar 2, 2014
I have had the same pair of Tradmasters for about 3.5 years now and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM... granted, they are the only pair of climbing shoes I have ever owned and so I can't really compare them to anything else. They have taken me up mountains across the country, difficult and delicate sport climbs and... well I don't boulder much but most of all CRACKS!

1. They are extremely comfortable, the lining can get pretty smelly but hopefully thats because you've been wearing them for hours on end... or years..

2. I'v had them resoled once and that was only because they had become so rounded off that I thought it would help with edging, it did, briefly but lets face it, they are not edging shoes (regardless, I use them for EVERYTHING) and I have to admit they did feel better once resoled, although I never thought them to be slippery to begin with though.

I love my Tradmasters and being that I am just a poor if not more so then when I started climbing, I would get them again. If I had more to spend it MIGHT be a different story.
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Mar 4, 2014
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ajax7 wrote:
I have had the same pair of Tradmasters for about 3.5 years now and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM....

Way to revive a 2 year old thread!
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Mar 9, 2014
I'll take it!
I'll take it!

Just blew through the rand on the left one.....
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