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New year 2015 and I’m happy to announce that La Sportiva is my new sponsor! Wuuhuuuu, I’m so happy!! 😀

Today I picked up a parcel at the post office. And I will share you what’s inside the parcel.

Unboxing

I will introduce you to these lovely Futura Blue climbing shoes! I’ll give you a short review.

Out-of-the-box

What’s your opinion about the design?
I just unboxed it and these shoes really has a sick design! As you can see, the colours are blue, yellow and black. Perfect colour design if you ask me. This model is toedown and pretty narrow. I’m not sure about toehooks, I haven’t tested it yet. However on top of the shoe there is some rubber at the big toe side. The heel is hard and on the side it’s soft because of the leather. Therefore you’ll be more aware of the heel placement on the surface. My heel fits really nice in this shoe. There is almost no dead space in the entire shoe for me, which I think is really important when you want to get the most out of it!

Will the rubber stretch?
To be honest, I’m not sure how much the rubber will stretch as I still have to break it in.

Vibram-Rubber

Are the sizes the same for all models?
My regular shoe size (Vans) is 41. For this model I wear size 37.5, the smallest model I could fit. I know this model is comparable with the Testarossa: 37.5, whereas the Solution differs one whole size up to 38.5 and on the contrary Python fits me size 37. The models are different and the sizes too. I suggest you to fit all sizes and see which one fits you best.

Calfskin

What are the down sides of this model?
Well, considering the rubber is quite flexible, I think it could wear down fast if your foot placement isn’t accurate. The price (+/- 126 euro) is a tad high however you’ll be purchasing 100% quality.

Futura Blue in a nutshell:
You could use these shoes for sportsclimbing and bouldering. The material is made of calfskin. The sole is Vibram XS Grip 2 (3 mm) with LaspoFlex midsole which means you can really bend the middle part of the shoe. The edges are PD 75, and highly asymmetrical. It has a strong pre-tensioning and a fast lacing systym, similar to the Solution model. The weight of the shoes per pair in medium size is 450 g. This model is available between 32-46. Extra is the pull on aid and the all round rubber protection.

Futura-Blue

Well as of now, you’ll see me climbing on La Sportiva shoes! A big thanks to Summit Outdoor!! In the future I will post more reviews about different models.

Have fun climbing 😀

Guess who’s back in town? I know I disappeared for a while. Sorry, I was too busy…climbing 😀

Anyway, today I received a big parcel from my Spanish friends Boreal. They sent me some new models and one of them is the Satori.

I always love to unbox and take some snapshots of it. So enjoy these photos!

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I was surprised the middle part of the shoe is really flexible. The rubber is ultra sticky. Even on top of the shoe there is a lot of rubber for toe hooking. The front sole is hard and the heel is also quite high in comparison with the Falcon or the Kintaro I used to climb on.

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I think this shoe looks very technical. I like the colour combination. It is a toe down shoe, which means perfect for overhang climbs or bouldering. The strap on top of the shoe can be tightened.

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As you can see, the heel has an extra cut. When I fit the shoe, my heel doesn’t fill up the shoe, there is a little room for air in the corner. As I mentioned before, the heel is high but it doesn’t bother because the material is soft.

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I climbed on these shoes today. The first time is usually really tight. Inside the shoe, there are cushions. It feels as if there is a pre printed sole inside, whereas other shoes are just flat inside. Also behind the lip there is another lip. It is made from a soft material, it feels as if you’re about to go diving.

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I climbed 2 hours on it. Heel hooks and toe hooks are no problem.

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My feet looks a bit bluish from the material however I’ve seen worse from other shoes like La Sportiva Cobra. The shoes are really comfortable and soft. There is still a lot of rubber on it. I think the shoe will wear out a little bit as I will climb more on it.

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Overall the shoe is pretty cool. It will be a good replacement for my Falcon. So far my review about the Boreal Satori. So what is your opinion about these shoes?

The North Face has been a name synonymous with outdoor lifestyle and is always the first I go to when I need new outdoor gear.

A few days ago, I was able to get my hands on their Verto 32 Backpack. So I thought I’d give you guys something new for the site and do a little review of it.

Let’s start with a quick rundown of what it has to offer.

Product specs
Material: 100D cargo chute nylon
Weight: 1 lb. 7 oz. (644 g)
Volume: 1953 in³ (32 litres)
Access: Top
Pockets: 2 zippered, 1 water bottle
Ice Axe Loops: 2
Waist-Belt: yes
Hydration Compatible: yes
Reservoir Included: no
Rain Cover: no

First thing I noticed when I held the Verto 32 is how compact and light it is. I have other bags from other manufacturers but this feels different. The cargo chute nylon feels smooth and is hydrophobic so you don’t need to worry about catching rainfall with this bag.

With 32 litres of volume capacity, this bag is spacious inside. As you can see on the photo, I can fit the whole length of my arm inside it. Since this product is part of their Climbing & Mountaineering category, I decided to test its capacity further by bringing my standard climbing equipment with me. I’m talking about a pair of climbing shoes, harness, grigri, 8, 10 quickdraws, bag of magnesium and 80 m rope. It seems to be the ultimate test to check whether the Verto 32 belongs in that category.

I’m surprised everything fits! I even have some space left that can easily fit snacks like bread and fruit.

There’s a zippered pocket inside where you can store your wallet or keys. On top of the bag is another zippered pocket to keep small items like your pocketknife, headlight, etc.

On the left side of the Verto 32 is the bottle pocket which seems to be good for regular 33.8 fl oz. water bottles. I did manage to squeeze in a 1.5L water bottle there tough. It wasn’t easy but it did fit the bottle!

There are twin ice axe loops and straps on the bag. If you’re not taking this bag to an Alpine hike, you can use these loops to hang your smelly shoes on. By the way, the loops are reflective.

Now that I’ve stuffed the bag with all of my gear, it’s time to test its comfort and ease of use. The shoulder straps and hip belt are adjustable to distribute the weight evenly on your back.

The Verto 32 is a frameless bag and has a padded backpad for better comfort. But you may still feel the contents of the bag depending on what you’re carrying inside. Without content the bag is small, light and easy to pack.

Furthermore there is only one opening on the top for your content. You may have to dig in a bit or remove half the contents of your bag to get something placed at the bottom of the bag, so think twice on how you pack your stuff. It would have been more convenient if there was another zipper near the bottom of the bag.

Pros:
> great build quality
> comfortable with adjustable straps
> lightweight material feels nice and soft
> easy to pack with many external loops for extra gear
> nice yellow accent colour on the exterior

Cons:
> few pockets/compartments
> the foam on the backpad doesn’t offer great support
> price may be on a bit on the high end of bags in the same size/category

Overall, the Verto 32 is an excellent bag that easily passed my test. It can be best suited for casual backpacking or overnighters. It’s perfect for climbers and hikers because the comfort is good and it fits more than I had expected.

The Verto 32 comes in the TNF Black/Asphalt Grey colour on my review (other markets has two more colour options) and currently retails for €89.95. It’s available at retail stores or directly from The North Face online shop.

Thank you to The North Face for sending me this bag to review!

A month ago I received new climbing shoes on request from Boreal.

Last year I saw a video of Yuji Hirayama testing new Boreal shoes: Kintaro model. I was so surprised and didn’t believe that the shoes had such sticky rubber. Back then I wrote a post about it and it included a video.

I’m going to review these shoes as I’ve been testing it for a month or so. Usually I review the shoes when I receive them but now I know what it feels like.

First of all, I want to give my special thanks to Boreal for supporting me in my sports career. I have been receiving unlimited climbing shoes and I like to talk about it.

In my opinion the unboxing part is always exciting. It makes me happy!

The shoes are wrapped in plastic and it smells like -guess what- rubber. This model is a down turned shoe as you can see. Furthermore, the colours are wicked and easy to wear with the velcro straps. The design looks nice, so I rate it an 8 out of 10 because it’s quite an eye catcher.

How do I experience the shoe? It fits me well, however the sole of the shoe seems a tad thick. I still have a thick sole today and I climbed quite often with these shoes. The heel fits me better than the Boreal Falcon model. I also like the fact that the heel looks normal, no additional rubber on the back of the heel. With a month of experience I can tell you that the heel hook feels great. The toe hook is okay, not bad yet great. The shoe feels a bit small, but I guess it’s just a matter of getting used to new shoes.

When we talk about the Zenith rubber, it’s really sticky in the beginning. The video with Yuji is real because I’ve tested it myself. The shoes really do stick from tip to tip. It only works when the shoes are new or really clean. I can stick everything on it. Click here to find out more about Zenith rubber.

Anyway, the Kintaro model is a great additional model to the Boreal collection. The sole is a bit thick but the design, rubber and my experience of wearing these shoes are great. I’ve come to the conclusion that this model deserves a 8 out of then overall score. Pretty amazing right!

New models from Boreal! Check out this video.

Video: Yuji Hirayama demonstrates Boreal rubber

Hopefully I can get my hands on these awesome shoes soon. I’ll keep you up to date!

Two days ago a mail man from DHL knocked on my door to deliver a parcel from Boreal Spain.

I’m very happy to receive this parcel. The package was wrapped in Boreal tape. Carefully I cut the box open to check the content. I was expecting climbing shoes but there was more. I also received new trail running shoes!

Futura Verde & Krypto

I’ll give you a short review about these shoes. As you can see, both shoes are green. Lets get a closer look at the Futura Verde trail running shoes.

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The shoe is soft and perfect for trail running, nordic walking, orienteering and fast movers. My feet feels very comfortable when I fit the shoes. It is light, 770 gram per pair, 100% waterproof and made from high-tech material. I like it.

Lets talk about the climbing shoes. Below you’ll see a nice close up of the Boreal Krypto.

Krypto

The Krypto is a new model in the collection of Boreal shoes. I think it’s similar to the Crux, however the sole is softer. The rubber feels sticky and therefore I think the shoe is perfect for overhanging routes. The shoe weighs 485 gram per pair. The double velcro closure is copied from the other models. The heel doesn’t have the edges like the Falcon. I haven’t tested these climbing shoes yet, but I’m sure these shoes are pretty comfortable due to the velcro closure.

Anyway, so far my shoe review. I hope you like it. Thank you Boreal for supporting me!

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