Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Merak
Manufacturer La Sportiva
Page By Alan Ellis
Page Type Dec 7, 2002 / Jan 20, 2007
Object ID 580
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THE MERAK is a soft, sensitive all around shoe built on a relaxed straight last for those who's second toe stands proud. The power is right at the point combining the strength of both your biggest toes. Use them for all styles of climbing - they will perform admirably - short sport desperates or long torquing trad cracks. Super durable no-stretch Lorica toe, full lining, form fitted arch and perforated foam mesh air-flow tongue. Dual track control lacing.

The newly designed Merak features synthetic Lorica in the toe, creating a power cylinder for the forefoot that retains its integrity even under the most extreme of edging conditions. This new modification effectively controls stretch, so the shoe always returns to its original shape, assuring you that the performance you receive out of the box will be the same months after the shoe is broken in. The centered last offers an alternative for climbers with a symmetrical or centered foot shape. A breathable mesh tongue helps keep your feet cool in warm conditions. This is a great shoe for technical climbing on small edges and pockets.

4 mm. VibramĀ® XSV 1.8 mm. rand

1.1 mm. Laspoflex midsole in forefoot

Lorica toe and leather back upper

Slip lasted construction

Dentex lining

Centered toe

Keeps its shape even after being broken in

Weight: 16 oz. per pair in size 40



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Alan Ellis - Dec 7, 2002 7:47 pm - Voted 4/5

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I wanted a high performance shoe for the gym. Our gym is an old grain elevator with several routes using the natural features of decaying concrete such as pockets and cracks. I got these shoes just for those routes. The pointy toe gets into the smallest crack and pockets, and it also edges very well on the smallest holds. La Sportiva soles are not as sticky as 5-10 stealth. But I'll fix that at my next resole. Otherwise, I love the shoe and it's doing just what I wanted. Look around, I got mine for $89 bucks on the net. Highly recommend.

Misha - Aug 30, 2005 1:54 am - Voted 4/5

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I spent $10 on a brand new pair of these (gotta love sales!) and they are worth every penny. Comfortable fit, aggressive toe, great crack perforce, decent edging. The only major complaint is the quality of rubber. La Sportiva sole is far from very sticky, but this can be corrected by a C4 resole. I won't wear these on longer routes since they are not as snug as Mythos; but they should be good enough for 1-3 pitch routes and gym climbing

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