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Spartan: Good for water obstacles. Terrible for wall scaling.
on November 8, 2015
These are light weight shoes. Great for water obstacles because the water is quickly pumped out when you get back on the trail. They run a bit long in size. For example, I'm between an 11.5 and 12, so I got the 12, but I should have got an 11.5. There isn't much padding inside, so my foot slips around a bit, not terribly, but got a minor blister from it after a 9.5mi Spartan race. With the soles having knobby sides and toes, I was hoping this shoe would be good for rope climbing, but it fails when gripping against the slippery top and upper-sides of the shoe (good for water repellent like on a wet trail or field). The most disappointing part of this shoe is that, when wet, it is is TERRIBLE for the wall scaling obstacle (the 2x4s nailed to a plywood wall) because side-bottom of shoe hasn't any shelf (side-bottom of soles are rounded at the edges). If I could make this shoe perfect... The outside sole-edge around the big toe and pinky would be a square shelf slightly protruding outward to jam better into the 90 degree area between the scaling wall 2x4 & plywood wall... The sole of the shoe would use a plastic that had more grip when wet... The top/upper sides of the shoe would also be of a rougher material for more rope grip (but this is least important, since I don't need my leg/feet for rope climbing).