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By Paul-B
Jan 24, 2013
Flakes of Wrath

I have a pair of Scarpa technos that just got resoled for the 2nd time. They seem to have stretched a fair bit over their lifetime, now they feel much looser than I would like. I was wondering if I washed them, dried them in the dryer if they would shrink at all? They are synthetic... Or would I just ruin them?


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By Jeff J
From Bozeman
Jan 25, 2013

Paul-B wrote:
I have a pair of Scarpa technos that just got resoled for the 2nd time. They seem to have stretched a fair bit over their lifetime, now they feel much looser than I would like. I was wondering if I washed them, dried them in the dryer if they would shrink at all? They are synthetic... Or would I just ruin them?


Do I dare say do I dare...

Dare!

Dare!

wear a pair of socks.










AHHHHHH!!! no, not socks!!!!



no really I dont think you can shrink a pair of climbing shoes.


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By coldatom
From Cambridge, MA
Jan 25, 2013
Jurassic Park

Synthetic ... I don't think so.

I just washed my Miuras (leather) and let them air dry. They hurt like a MF to get on at first. They quickly stretched out, but are still tighter than before the wash.


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By Paul-B
Jan 25, 2013
Flakes of Wrath

Socks.... I don't think my ego could take it. I may try washing just to see if there is any effect. I had a dream about it last night and it worked, so that's positive.


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By Woodchuck ATC
Jan 25, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

short little tennis socks; nobody will see the tops so you can get away with it and save your pride.


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By caughtinside
From Oakland CA
Jan 25, 2013

Poor resole job.


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By Alex M. Smith
From Jersey City, NJ
Jan 25, 2013
Mt. Marcy

Jeff J wrote:
Do I dare say do I dare... Dare! Dare! wear a pair of socks. AHHHHHH!!! no, not socks!!!! no really I dont think you can shrink a pair of climbing shoes.


+1 blazing saddles


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By Matt N
From Santa Barbara, CA
Jan 26, 2013
OTL

Pretty sure my technos are leather.
Wish they'd stretch a 1/4 size more, actually.


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By Paul-B
Jan 26, 2013
Flakes of Wrath

Matt N wrote:
Pretty sure my technos are leather. Wish they'd stretch a 1/4 size more, actually.


They're Lorica, not leather. There is some suede, but most of it is Lorica. The reason it won't stretch is because its not leather, however, mine definitely have... Not sure if that's due to multiple reasoles, or just using them for a really long time.

John- That was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for sharing. Going to do that tonight!


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By Allen Corneau
From Houston, TX
Jan 26, 2013

I was sent a couple pairs of "climber's socks" to review a few months back.

One of the things I found interesting/impressive was that even though they're very thin I could wear my stretched-out/sloppy shoes with much less of a sloppy feel, not by adding bulk but by creating better grip between my foot and the shoe. Still not as precise as my high-performance shoes but much better with the socks.

Definitely try the wash/dry trick (not too hot in the dryer though or the rubber could delaminate!) but also give a thin sock a try.


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