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Climbing News

Hiangle rocks!!! - Chris Muench
Muench
07-09-2014 - 
I just got the new Hiangle as a test shoe from Bergzeit...
Boyz in the Hood - Urs Moosmuller
Urs Moosmuller
07-06-2014 - 
Boyz in the Hood is a mythical boulder problem hidden in the town of Truckee, CA. It was first...
The Future of Comp Climbing? - Josh Levin
Josh Levin
07-04-2014 - 
The first time I stepped foot in Arco, Italy three years ago for the World Championships, I could immediately...
Doing Durango! - Aicacia Young
Aicacia Young
07-03-2014 - 
I just got back home from a weeklong climbing trip to Durango, Colorado. We got to see some great...

Bike News

Projekt 5 - Zipline & Bike Adventure - Jan Porič
Jan Porič
07-18-2014 - 
Second stop of Projekt 5 was Bovec. We tried ziplining with bikes, it was fun.
Team Norco INTL. - Lorenzo Update and Team News - Jill Kinter
07-16-2014 - 
Seattle WASHINGTON - JULY 15, 2014 - Team rider Lorenzo Suding was involved in a car accident on...
Crankworx Euro L2A - Bernard Kerr
07-10-2014 - 
Just got back to Morzine after a super busy awesome week down in Les Deux Alpes for the Euro...
 Schladming European Cup & Bratislava City DH - Bernard Kerr
07-09-2014 - 
So last weekend we set up pits in Schladming and left Micayla there to attend the IXS European DH...

Healing is a Painful Process - Nick Bradley

 
Healing is a Painful Process - Nick Bradley
Healing is a Painful Process - Nick Bradley
Healing is a Painful Process - Nick Bradley
 
May 19, 2013 - 
 

In my last post I mentioned at the end that I had a minor finger injury. Well as it turns out, that "minor injury" kept me out of climbing for a full month, and for the last three weeks I have been working my way back up to where I was. It's painful because of how badly I want to be where I used to be (stronger than ever before, and sending much more than I have) and I have to climb on only jugs at a very low level, or I will re-injure my finger. So far it has been two months since I hurt my finger, and I'm still far from healed. Nationals is coming up, and I am trying to stay optimistic. Stupid sprained pulley..

 

Anyway, since I have to qualify for Divisionals, Nationals, and so on, I had no choice but to compete at Regionals with a freshly injured middle finger. I managed to sneak my way into third. The competition was horrible for me, I was scared out of my mind of re-injury, and barely had any endurance. Good thing it was only Regionals, so I can take it as a learning experience and let it go to keep a clear head for the rest of the season.

Besides my unfortunately-timed injury, I had the privilege to test out the phenomenal, revolutionizing new Team VXi. Everything about this shoe is perfection, from the stickiness of the rubber, to the way it fits your foot. Though the name can be misleading since they are nothing like the previous Teams, the improvement is amazing. The first time I slipped these easy to put on shoes, I was instantly in love. Right away I started toe-hooking and heel-hooking everything that I could find, even the tiniest foot chips in the gym, and it would stick like I was using a jug. The heel stays on just fine, and doesn't slip out at all, and the design of the rubber on the top of the toe is just perfect for those tough toe hooks. The toe itself must be in love with the wall, because it just won't come off. I've never trusted my feet more. However, because they are so sticky they end up slippery after a few days once they collect enough dirt and chalk, but it's nothing a bit of water and a wash cloth won't fix, and then they're right back to their impossible stickiness.

The only downside currently, is that I am unable to try them outdoors due to my finger injury. The VXi were made to stick to the glassiest holds, which you will often find outdoors. I'm anxious to go try the projects that I've struggled with because of the feet, but I suppose it will have to wait. Thanks Five Ten, for helping your loyal Five Ten Team take such a huge step to the future or climbing.

Photo credit: Eric Sanchez
 

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Featured News

Projekt 5 - Zipline & Bike Adventure - Jan Porič
Jan Porič
07-18-2014 - 
Second stop of Projekt 5 was Bovec. We tried ziplining with bikes, it was fun.
Team Norco INTL. - Lorenzo Update and Team News - Jill Kinter
07-16-2014 - 
Seattle WASHINGTON - JULY 15, 2014 - Team rider Lorenzo Suding was involved in a car accident on...
Boyz in the Hood - Urs Moosmuller
Urs Moosmuller
07-06-2014 - 
Boyz in the Hood is a mythical boulder problem hidden in the town of Truckee, CA. It was first...
The Future of Comp Climbing? - Josh Levin
Josh Levin
07-04-2014 - 
The first time I stepped foot in Arco, Italy three years ago for the World Championships, I could immediately...