Earlier this year I was approached by Markhor Climbing to write gear-centric blog posts for them. They said they'd provide the gear. I said I'd provide the "OMG YES!" After a few months of finagling, dawdling, moving, and talking, I'm finally writing! I've been dubbed a "Sponsored Average Climber," and I intend to live up to that title the best I know how: by using their gear in an extraordinarily ordinary way. You can read more about the sponsorship here, or you can take a look at the small-time Markhor Climbing gear website and see what they are all about.
Size wise, my feet are 24 cm long heel-to-big toe, and rather asymmetrical. I got a men's size 6, which was about a haf a size too small. (oops.)
Things I love:
Construction is awesome
Rubber is going to be there forever
Pull tabs aren't flimsy
Great for edging and hooking
Things I don't love:
Not too comfortable
Not too sensitive
Overall they are a good deal for the price ($90). They are similar to the LaSportiva Solution which are $155.
Getting up with the dawn to test them on the boulders of Flagstaff was maybe the best way to start a weekend that I can think of. There is nothing like climbing in a picturesque location to override all the discomfort that comes with waking up earlier than all the other climbers. With all the reasons to climb, my average self likes the view the best.
Oh, and the people. :)