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Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 14, 2010 - 12:13am PT
Is it just me or does it seem weird that the Acopa site has zero recognition of John's passing last year.

Is the company still around?

I though Lynn Hill was going to step in to JBs shoes... What happened with that? (I think I can venture a guess...)

I just noticed they were not listed as an exhibitor at OR this year.
T2

climber
Cardiff by the sea
Aug 14, 2010 - 12:19am PT
I know lynn is a bad ass and all but fillin johnny rocks shoes is a pretty tall order.

Curt

Boulder climber
Gilbert, AZ
Aug 14, 2010 - 12:21am PT
It does seem like a company going sideways--good products, but not available in too many places and no spokesman anymore. I hope they make it.

Curt
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Aug 14, 2010 - 12:39am PT
They are still around. Their products have always been a bit hard to find, but the site is still up and you can still mail order direct. Not sure what's going to happen with them in the future. It's a question mark at this point.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Aug 14, 2010 - 12:43am PT
My last order with them a few months ago seemed fine, I called and special ordered my Aztecs, and got a pair of Legends, which took a couple of iterations to size...

... aside from not having the typical emailing to John about sizing and my JB issues, it seemed to be business as usual.

Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 14, 2010 - 12:49am PT
All good to hear, but I do wonder why no tribute to JB on the site...
T H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Apr 19, 2011 - 03:08am PT
The site (content-wise) seems totally dormant. If you search them on ebay, the majority of the listings are with "Home & Garden Hut" that has nothing to do with rock climbing.
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Apr 19, 2011 - 08:39am PT
No Mas!
Peace
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Apr 19, 2011 - 10:18am PT
this is a sad, understated notice of something which seemed to have happened yet no one acknowledged it.

I am happy that Acopa existed, great company with a great idea and some great shoes. Not to say they couldn't have been better, but they have certainly lasted for me, even though I am rough on shoes.

Now I'll husband my remaining shoes, hopefully many years into the future. And take inspiration from those I knew at Acopa, great people all.

Thanks Acopa!
It was wonderful while it lasted
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Apr 19, 2011 - 11:28am PT
Sorry to see this happen.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Apr 19, 2011 - 12:25pm PT
really, really sad.

also personally unhappy, because i loved my merlins. should've hoarded a few pair.

locker

Social climber
Apr 19, 2011 - 12:39pm PT
well...

I guess it would be OK to mention that I DO have a limited supply of ACOPA RUBBER still available for resoling...

NOT MUCH though...



I LIKED working on the ACOPA shoes that I did...

Thought they were pretty well made...

ALSO wish I had gotten a few pairs when I could have...

Missed MANY opportunities for FREEBIES...

Oh well!!!...

My LOSS as I see it...




Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Apr 19, 2011 - 01:01pm PT
Their phone numbers aren't being answered.

We should also note that just preceding JB's death, was the passing of wonderful Steve Karafa, the president of the company. The site does discuss that first death. But from then on, nothing that I can see has been done... I talked to Steve's father at the Memorial in Mammoth; it was just too much to bear but he was handling it. Hideous tragedies.
maldaly

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Apr 19, 2011 - 01:43pm PT
Acopa USA was being run by Lisa Karafa, Steve's sister. She was doing an astonishing job, given what she had and that she wasn't a climber. She and her husband were running it out of their garage in Vegas, packing and shipping everything themselves and financing inventory on their credit cards.

Then Dario Piana, the owner of Acopa in Mexico shut the factory down.

RIP Acopa, you had a great run. Thanks Lisa and Tim for trying your hardest to keep the memory of John and Steve alive.

Mal
msiddens

Trad climber
Mountain View
Apr 19, 2011 - 02:54pm PT
Thanks Mal for the facts. Heard that at Desert Mountain Sports and it bummed me greatly. For the time being I'll take care of my shoes.
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Apr 19, 2011 - 05:07pm PT
Maldaly.....this factory shut down was not ALL Dario's happening. I think that point needs to be made. Wouldn't want people to get the impression it was his doing solely. Out of respect for my dear friend John Bachar and Dario Piana, they ALL did what they could to make Acopa work including the Karfa's. It didn't. I hope Dario can get together with other designers and put together another series of GREAT shoes.
Peace
aldude

climber
Monument Manor
Apr 19, 2011 - 05:23pm PT
Credit: aldude
Loved my Aztecs......RIP Acopa*
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Apr 19, 2011 - 08:29pm PT
Al them ARE my favorites as well!

LOCKER if ya have some of that natural rubber....and it's not in the butt plug reserve yet, I'd like to get some on some shoes of mine. We need to talk about it. Got some other Bachar shoes I'd like to get that rubber on.
Peace
locker

Social climber
Apr 19, 2011 - 09:09pm PT

Ron...

Email when you're ready...

I'll make SURE and save some for your shoes...



EDITED:

"and it's not in the butt plug reserve yet"...

Oops!!!...

I forgot about THAT...

Could be a problem afterall...

LOL!!!...





Anastasia

climber
hanging from an ice pic and missing my mama.
Apr 19, 2011 - 09:23pm PT
Lynn Hill is a great friend of John's yet she had nothing to do with the company. I have no idea where you guys came up with the news of her taking over...

The facts are that Acopa was a great production with too many tragedies. I love my shoes, miss everyone involved...
Yeah, I really miss them.
Steve was the bright star that fell beyond our reach, Michael was the mischievous cheerful light that went dark and John was the heart that gave out. Three big hits that for us who were close was one too many.

Anastasia

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