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4 5

I've been eyeing these for a while (since they were called the Gandolfs) but have always been hesitant due to the price and doubts about durability (I usually wreck approach shoes with the utmost quickness). The time finally came when I got a decent deal on them and the rest as they say is history.

The Good:
-Very supportive
-Ton of lacing, fit options
-Climb very well (climbed 10- sport route in them and lots of easier stuff)
-Very grippy, even on wet rock.

The Bad:
-They are expensive
-Sizing is funky. I usually wear a 42 in all the Sportiva approach shoes and trail runners and a 43 was my perfect size in these. For reference I am a US street 9 in most things.
-They are heavy
-They do not dry quickly if you get caught in rain (took a few days).

Overall it is one of the best approach shoes I have ever owned and I would certainly buy another pair, even at this price. Truth be told I might even pop on the Guide version when these bite the dust as I think the high top nature would keep more scree out (although these do a great job of it already), and just ditch any boots I may still have.

As Ganda may have said, these are possibly the approach shoe to rule them all. Then again my Tolkein mythology may be misplaced and hey these are Gandas not Gandolfs anyway!!!!

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4 5

I've been using the Fre for about 3 weeks now and it is one of my favorite cases I've had for my iPhone ever. I used to use the Otterbox series (who now own LifeProof) but found them too bulky for daily use. The pros are that it looks really good, keeps the phone totally sealed, and gives me peace of mind. The cons are that the screen does appear a bit bubbly since there is some flexible plastic there (you can get the Nud if you just want pure glass) and I constantly forget the headphone adapter (so now I just use my bluetooth headphones and don't worry about it).

Overall I am stoked on this. Will update to see how it does over time.

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4 5

I started looking for a trail runner with an aggressive tread when I found myself slipping and sliding on steep descents on compacted trails. These fit the bill very well. They have amazing braking power and traction but it is coming at the cost of durability. I think I should be able to get a few months out of them running around 8000ft of vertical and 15-20 miles a week in the Wasatch. My only gripes with the shoes are that they do not shed mud as well as I would like and I have to stop and scrape it off with rocks or sticks every now and again and the other issues is that there is some bagginess near my arch which seems to just be a part of the construction as the upper is somehow welded to the sole. Overall a great value, good look, and suits my needs.

Stay on the trail and on track

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