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By Scott O
From California
Dec 26, 2012
Batman Pinnacle
I'm not sure what they were called, but they were basically the 5.10 Coyotes or whatever entry level lace up predated them.

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By Jarmland
Dec 26, 2012
La Sportiva Mythos, 2001. =)

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By wivanoff
Dec 26, 2012
High Exposure
PAs... Pierre Allan, I think. Uppers were red leather and black canvas. Early 1970s.

Then in no particular order: EBs, RRs, Royal Robins Blue suede boots, Canyons, La Sportiva Mariachers, Boreal Aces (red), Mythos, Boreal Jokers. Probably some others I don't remember...

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By Old and Busted
From Centennial, CO
Dec 26, 2012
Stabby
csproul wrote:
Indeed, they looked a lot like the Merrels but they were black and yellow. BTW, in your post with the 4 pairs of shoes, I also ended up with a pair of the 2nd pair (L->R) of the pink and blue high-tops. What were those?

They were made by a company called Dolomite. Can't remember that model, they also made a low-top model I think called Edlinger's that Edlinger wore on the Snowbird Comp in '88.
I do vaguely remember another 2-lace shoe, I think it was a fad that lasted like 3 months.

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By wivanoff
Dec 26, 2012
High Exposure
Olaf Mitchell wrote:


Are those Kronhoffers?

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By Eric and Lucie
From Boulder, CO
Dec 26, 2012
Blue Kaukulators!
Could do everything well and comfortably. Have not found that in any other shoe since.

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By Benjamin Chapman
From Small Town, USA
Dec 26, 2012
old 1/4" bolt.
Chouinard Canyons.

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By Doug Lintz
From Kearney, NE
Dec 26, 2012
Destroyer of popcorn
FiveTen Spires in 1996. After they wore out I discovered the magic of sensitive shoes.

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By Woodchuck ATC
Dec 26, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
I special ordered direct from Vasque, for their new fangled all thick full grain leather Vasque Ascender high top shoes. Stiff, great for standing in aid slings, absolutely no friction from the hard Vasque rubber soles. Must have been mid 70's...

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By TWK
Dec 26, 2012
RRs, then EBs, followed by Boreal Fires, then various La Sportivas.
Fires were my favorites--versatile and comfortable.

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By Steve Williams
From Denver, CO
Dec 26, 2012
RR's. Still have 'em.

PA's next, then on to EB's. Then to Fires. Then Ballet Gold.
finally to Acopa JB's. Oh, I forgot to say my mountain boots too!

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By patrick sullivan
From silverthorne,
Dec 26, 2012
Blue kaukulators,just sent them in for another resole

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By John Douglass
From Seattle, WA
Dec 26, 2012
NRG
Pair of green fiveten moccs with blown toes that I found in the used basket at the BD shop. "Performance sized" for my discomfort. Even worse after the $10 resole.

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By Pitty
From Marbach
Dec 27, 2012
My cool Elly....
EB's extremely expensively imported.......
And everybody was laughing when I climbed first time with them....
Until I was climbing better than the others......

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By Olaf Mitchell
From Paia, Maui, Hi,
Dec 27, 2012
rockerwaves
wivanoff wrote:
Are those Kronhoffers?

Yes

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By Healyje
Dec 27, 2012
girl40
Barefoot and J.C. Penny work boots.

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By Larry DeAngelo
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From Las Vegas, NV
Dec 27, 2012
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Kronhoffers were my second-- first pair was a shoe called the Spyder (maybe made by Pivetta?) that was possibly a low-cost Kronhoffer variant. Also had the Direttissima, kind of like the Kronhoffer but with double leather at the toe for extra durability. Those old shoes could really edge...

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By Jorge Gonzalez
From San Gabriel, CA
Dec 27, 2012
I first climbed one of the Flatirons in Boulder with a pair of double thickness hiking boots, don't remember what we called them but everybody wore them, they were very popular. After that I bought the RR blue boots, supposedly good for edging but then I got the PA"s, red leather boots. When they wore out I bought EB's. My first pair were too tight, so I bought a size 40. Kept the smaller pair for edging.

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By Brad "Stonyman" Killough
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From Alabama
Dec 27, 2012
Starting the second section of Live to climb anoth...
Boreal Aces

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By Woodchuck ATC
Dec 27, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Yeah, really started out with massive Rachle Rotundo thick leather hiking boots...They got me NOWHERE on the slick Devils Lake quartzite I grew up on. Suffered a few more years with the Vasque ascenders, and finally got my first pair of ill fitting too-tight EB's, but they were gladly replaced quickly with first generation Firey's and the fabled Spanish rubber on them. First 5.11's in those Boreal shoes.

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By Graham Johnson
Dec 28, 2012
Ex-rental Boreal Zephyrs. Size 11. 2001, I think

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By milesholland
Dec 28, 2012
My first pair was a a pair of old rental evolves. They smelled so bad that once my friend caught a wiff as I was taking them off and offered me a pair of his shoes if I promised to throw them away. And thats how I ended up with a pair of purple 5.10 spires

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By A.Javi.Gecko
From San Diego, CA
Dec 28, 2012
V3, Castle Hill, NZ
milesholland wrote:
My first pair was a a pair of old rental evolves. They smelled so bad that once my friend caught a wiff as I was taking them off and offered me a pair of his shoes if I promised to throw them away.



After growing up scrambling/slab climbing in my classic vans, I invested in my first pair of technical climbing shoes, Evolv Defys. While they definitely got me sticking to the stone, I had a helluva time finding partners because the synthetic upper smelled so rank. Now, over three years later, my longterm partners still remember how bad my feet smelled. Thanks Evolv! I know your materials mean no animals were harmed in the making of your products but that doesn't stop 'em from smelling like roadkill :D

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By Jim R
From Vegas!
Dec 28, 2012
Boreal Aces. With the green laces.

Great shoes, even after a bunch of resoles. Still my backups...

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By Chris Owen
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From La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Dec 28, 2012
There's more than one use for an Ice Hammer. Lake ...
First three pairs were EBs, then I got some Chouinard Canyons.

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