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Spider

 

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Spider

Manufacturer: Kayland

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Page By: Josh

Created/Edited: Jun 4, 2002 / Jun 4, 2002

Object ID: 338

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A low profile technical approach shoe, with a unique lacing system to secure the foot for climbing moderate terrain. Sticky rubber soles and rands are useful for real, technical climbing.

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JoshUntitled Review

Voted 3/5

I bought the Spiders on the recommendation of a sales guy at Neptune Mountaineering. I've worn these shoes on Flatiron solos, alpine rock climbs in the High Sierra, and on easy Yosemite Valley climbs. My assessment is mixed:

Pros:
  • Fairly light weight.
  • Good friction on gritty or well-featured rock.
  • Decent durability.


  • Cons:
  • Poor friction on smooth rock (e.g., Yosemite Valley granite). The rubber doesn't compare to Five Ten's Stealth C4 rubber.
  • Stiff. Hard to break in.
  • Not very good for trail running.
  • The shape of the toe is a little odd. It doesn't seem possible to lace the toes up really tight.
  • Not very good at edging. I think this is due in part to not being able to tighten the toe area completely.
  • Expensive ($130).


  • In summary, these shoes are decent, but if I had it to do over, I would not buy them. They don't climb as well as the Five Ten Guide Almighties, and they're not great for the trails. I'm still waiting for a low-top version of the Guide Almighties...
    Posted Jun 30, 2002 3:36 pm

    alpinedanUntitled Review

    Voted 4/5

    great shoe if it fits your foot. got mine a little too tight (my fault) but they climb great, hike great as long as you have a light pack. and did I say they climb great!! I would have given them the best rating but the rubber could be stickier
    Posted Nov 15, 2005 11:15 am

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