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David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Apr 13, 2010 - 07:54pm PT
just a bought a pair of gandas lo top @Rock and Ice on mega sale....
James Doty

Trad climber
Idyllwild, Ca.
Apr 13, 2010 - 09:24pm PT
I am not talking hard slab but they seem to smear pretty well. Just flexible enough toe to heel to allow it. They edge really well. In my opinion of course. I would like to hear more feedback from people who have tried them.
rwedgee

Ice climber
canyon country,CA
Apr 13, 2010 - 09:52pm PT
Mountain Tools has them(low tops) 20% off = $175. So far they edge unbelievably well. Only got to smear a tiny but but I haven't worn down the dot rubber enough for a good test.(I ground some off the edge) I've been wearing Guide Tennies the past few seasons in the Meadows and wore the Guides on Reg Route Fairview and Dyke Route Pywiack. Only complaint was they're too soft to edge very well. Not very good on Dozier Dome crystals. I think these Gandolfs are going to make a great shoe. Heading up to the Eastside this weekend, actually tomorrow, to give them a run!
James Doty

Trad climber
Idyllwild, Ca.
Apr 13, 2010 - 11:38pm PT
Gandolf's, that's awesome!
edit: good idea to take the dots down in the smearing area, although mine seem to be starting on their own.
Curt

Boulder climber
Gilbert, AZ
Apr 13, 2010 - 11:38pm PT
Hey klk,

Did I mention that I actually have two pair of them? In addition to climbing pretty well, they coordinate with my coal colored ArcTeryx Blazer. Heh.

Curt
mikeyschaefer

climber
Yosemite
Apr 14, 2010 - 12:18am PT
I've had a pair of the low top version's since last July. Absolutely love them. Hands down the best climbing/approach shoe I've ever owned.

My first mission in them was an 18 day trip to the Arrigetch peaks in AK. Our pack weighed in somewhere around 85lbs and they did remarkably well given the terrain and the weight of our packs. I ended up only putting my rock shoes on for one pitch on that trip as the Gandolfs (as they were formerly called) were good enough for everything we climbed. That included a grade IV 5.10 A1 route that I was able to free at 5.11- while wearing them.

I've since used them climbing towers in Utah, on approaches in Patagonia which includes way to much travel on talus, and jungle wall climbing in Venezuela. And the uppers are in near perfect shape still. Granted the dot rubber is getting a little worn down in the front.

These are extremely well built shoes that may cost a fair bit more than other shoes in their class but they will out perform and out last any other shoe that i know of.

As hard as we try we will never compare to some other types of footwea...
As hard as we try we will never compare to some other types of footwear
Credit: mikeyschaefer
after 18 days
after 18 days
Credit: mikeyschaefer
James Doty

Trad climber
Idyllwild, Ca.
Apr 14, 2010 - 12:36pm PT
Now THAT is a testimonial!
klk

Trad climber
cali
Apr 14, 2010 - 12:40pm PT
Did I mention that I actually have two pair of them?

You always buy multiple pairs.

Hey, give me yr extra I-Pad? Charitable donation to a NPO?
Polarbear

climber
Aug 10, 2010 - 05:06am PT
I bought the Ganda Guide couple of months back in Europe. These are fantastic approach / big wall climbing shoes, the grip is unbelievable on wet rock. I used them in all kind of terrain, including spring snow patched, they work marvelously. Very comfortable, the lacing allows you to customize the pressure required on the foot on climbing vs. descent.

The bad part is that the vibram sole started to separate on the heel area only after a couple of uses. I tried to glue them back with little success and La Sportiva is trying to find a solution for me since I can't return the shoes to the store I bought them in Europe. We'll see how things will work out...
hb81

climber
Aug 10, 2010 - 08:36am PT

The bad part is that the vibram sole started to separate on the heel area only after a couple of uses. I tried to glue them back with little success and La Sportiva is trying to find a solution for me since I can't return the shoes to the store I bought them in Europe. We'll see how things will work out...

I've had one very good experience with La Sportiva customer support.
Had an almost new pair of Miuras where I ripped apart one of the velcros doing a toehook in the bouldering gym. Was my fault really, but I sent them in anyways asking them to repair it.
They just sent me a brand new pair of shoes for free and never asked a question. Took them a while though, but thats ok if thats the outcome.
Hope they'll work something out for you too.



Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Jun 2, 2012 - 03:33pm PT
Just bought a pair at the Curry Village Mountain Shop for $126. at that price I jumped at them.
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