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Climbing Equipment Ropes CLIMBING - EQUIPMENT - Rock Shoes

Rock ShoesWithin this article there will be an overview of footwear, it would be advisable when purchasing rock boots that you visit various specialist outlets and ask for advice concerning different boots and compare various manufactures when trying them on for size and fitting. Always go for the most comfortable [rock shoes will never be comfortable] and the cheapest, on average you will find the boots will last for about two [2] years for the average climber. Talk to the climbers on the crags, retail outlets, climbing clubs and the climbers at the climbing walls to gather information.

The rock boots plays an important part in climbing as they are a principal source of friction.

In the early days and up to the middle of the 1950's, generally the climbers wore iron-nailed boots or flimsy rubber-soled plimsolls, then from France came the "PA" which was an excellent smooth-soled boot that was designed for climbing on rock, which helped the climber to attempt more difficult grades.

Rock Shoes ScarpaThe rock boot today is made from a sticky rubber compound with a smooth and flexible sole ranging from ankle boots to the low-cut slippers and in various shapes and colours. The rubber of the sole usually extends up the side of the foot. For the new climber or who only does general climbing it is best to avoid the slipper type shoe as they are for more specialist climbing.

The boots are worn tight and that is why are not renowned for comfort. The Toe of the boot is to be as narrow as possible, this enables you to jam your foot right into extremely thin cracks. The Sole is flat and sticky and must be kept clean to guarantee maximum friction and efficiency. The Heel with the rand which runs around the boot and extends upwards at the heel, offers good friction when heel hooking.

The cost of rock boots range from £50.00 upwards. Never you use your boots to walk to the crags always use your trainers if the crag is near to the road and if you are venturing high into the hills use walking boots.


Disclaimer - Climbing, Fell Walking, Mountaineering, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Watersports and other Activities can be extremely dangerous and can result in permanent disability or even loss of life. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own involvement and Lake District Let's Go can not be held responsible. Always seek advice and information.



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