Daria wrote:The camp four a tiny bit too bulky for my liking and its hard to find a size 11 for sale. The toe box is too boxy. Why can't someone just make the perfect shoe?
We just don't have perfect feet!
Someone else mentioned the inov8 shoes, and they seem to be much lighter... and some have a sticky rubber. Alas, sticky rubber generally wears down faster than hard rubber. I'm going to give them a try.
The folks who pioneered a lot of the hard technical routes in the Sierra, in the 30s and 40s, used rubber-soled, canvas athletic shoes... back when ropes were made of hemp, and people gave standing hip belays. Plain soft rubber can be pretty sticky; just doesn't last long.
The Camp 4 toe is wide, but they are very stable. The lace-to-the-toe style actually cramps my toes a little too much. The soles are a little too flexible for crampons, and my biggest complaint is: they are hot, and my feet stink so badly that I'm embarrassed to have someone else in the car after a long day. It's one of the terrible gender inequalities we men must accept... we have stinkier feet.