I’ve found I’m best at blogging about all the things that surround climbing and not so much the actual things pertaining to the act itself. Beta, sends, spray and even equipment are usually the last thing on my mind when I think climbing jive. My brain always turns to the more social aspects of the sport, like how my life is relating with climbing at the moment, the places it takes me, and the people I meet.
More recently I found myself gear heading it with the best after I received a pair of spanking Five Ten newbies in the mail. The Anasazi Arrowhead is just one in a faboosh new series of climbing shoes Five Ten has put out (these kicks are even making my big-shot BF jealous!) I’ve tried out a hand full of new Five Tens over the years, and even though I’ve really liked some of the styles, like the Projects and Team Shoe, I always find myself going back to my comfort shoes the Anasazi Velcro and Lace-Up Dragon when it comes to project time. I always use the Velcro for my technical edgy routes, and the Dragon as my more aggressive, steep terrain shoe.
I brought out the Anasazi Arrowheads to give them a test run during an after work bouldering session and couldn’t believe how amazing they fit right out of the box! Beyond being so comfortable it’s just wrong, I found this shoe to be the perfect fusion of my Anasazi Velcro and Lace-up Dragon, with a more aggressive fit and a slightly down-turned toe to use as needed or ignore for smeary climbing. It’s the perfect shoe I’ve been waiting for! Can’t wait to try the Quantum and Hornet!
Since then I’ve been using the Arrowheads during my endless projecting sessions in Rifle Canyon, our most recent local climbing. There’s a great crew of super motivated strong climbers in the canyon and as long as the fall temps last you can find us here.