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Aug 28th 2015
Hi Louise, Although the North Face Base Camp Duffel bags are extremely robust and make great general use bags, they are not suitable for use as haul bags. There are too many straps to get caught on the way up, and the bag is not designed to be hauled up a rock face from a single point. A dedicated haul bag such as the Metolius Half Dome is a much better option. Hope that helps, Dave.

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 28th 2015
Hi Todd, It's difficult to be 100% sure of the answer but the Scarpa Rebel pro boots are just 1300g per pair at a size 42 (http://www.scarpa.co.uk/mountain/rebel-pro-gtx/). Remember that you will sacrifice warmth if you go too light though! Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 28th 2015
Hi Shannon, I think the best answer to this question would be simply to post a video of Chris Sharma climbing Dreamcatcher 9a. That route has a lot of heel hooks but Sharma seemed to get up it in his slip ons! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlcQ3mxlNfs Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 28th 2015
Hi Olga, The more "bent" climbing shoes are great for steeper climbs. They allow you to put weight on foot holds even when you're climbing upside down! Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 28th 2015
Hi Alyse, The Katana is a synthetic shoe so won't stretch too much but it will mould to your foot just like any shoe. If you get a size bigger you might find that they become too baggy after a bit of use. But if your current shoes are too painful to wear at all, then you should probably get a bigger shoe. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 28th 2015
Hi Mikhael, In more aggressive shoes you might find your toes do have to be curled up. While it might be very uncomfortable to have your feet like this, it does help when you are standing on very tiny edges. These shoes aren't really suitable for beginner climbers, or climbers that are looking for a shoe they can wear all day. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 28th 2015
Hi Rob, Have you considered using a product such as Stealth Paint by Five10? (http://www.bananafingers.co.uk/five-ten-stealth-paint-p-1407.html) I'm not sure about its effectiveness in your situation but it could be worth a try. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 28th 2015
Hi Mikhael, Put very simply, the harder the rubber, the longer it will last. However, softer rubber is usually more preferable on high performance shoes because of its increased grip. Maybe somewhere in between would be a good compromise... Hope that helps, Dave

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