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Will Gadd: the souls of rock shoes

Sep. 27th 2010

I still vividly remember the day I bought my first pair of climbing shoes. The first thing that hit me was the leathery smell that wafted out as I opened the crisp box lid and saw the shoes packed carefully in white tissue paper like some sort of perfect Japanese melons.  The light disappeared into the blackness of the new rubber soles, and the laces begged for immediate bondage.

Will Gadd in Canada, 1984 - nice hexes!

But, as much as I loved the physical stuff in the box, what was most exciting to my 15-year-old mind was the very idea of what the shoes promised: Climbing! Adventure!

Breaking in new climbing shoes is a ritual, and I’d read that the best way to break in new shoes was to get them wet and then wear them around (this is actually horrible advice, but on par with the other advice I was getting as a teenager). I started with taking a shower while wearing the shoes. My mom is still annoyed about the black marks the soles left on the shower stall walls; she just couldn’t understand how they got there. (You can friction off of even wet tile if you try hard enough.)

After getting them good and wet, I wore them around the house for another hour. I’d like to say that I then went climbing in them, but it was February in Canada and climbing gyms hadn’t been invented yet. I waited until a day that was barely above freezing and then traversed back and forth on the wall of the local Texaco until the manager busted me in the same hard-ass way he busted skateboarders. Even though the shoes were ridiculously tight, I still ran.

And was back later that day.

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Hey, sure, why not?

Aug. 31st 2010

Up in Alaska they think a little differently. But not incorrectly.

SCARPA T2s are warm after all … just not necessarily made for skydiving … exactly …

Here’s a little shot we got from one of our dealers, Orion Mountain Sports up in Kodiak, AK, showing what they do with SCARPA telemark boots during the down season.

But, judging by the backdrop, arguably there’s not a down season up north.

Maybe his skis are waiting for him below?

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Invernos: Helping you not tear up the greens

Jul. 27th 2010

SCARPA Invernos are one of the most popular and well-loved double plastic boots in the world.

Here, then, courtesy of SCARPA athlete Eric Larson, is a shot showing just how versatile the Inverno is: Traction without the ugly and potentially embarrasing side effect of tearing up the fairway or the greens. That is versatility defined.

True to our mountain roots, though, that course does look a little rugged.

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