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Climbing News

Relentless Positivity - Aicacia Young
Aicacia Young
04-15-2014 - 
There I was at the top of the route - the wind whipping through my hair, the sun bronzing...
Spectating? – Open Nationals 2014 Working with LT11 - Matt Grossman
04-15-2014 - 
My sister was going to compete at open nationals this year and I was going to tag along. I...
SCS Open @Sender One - Joseph Gifford
04-14-2014 - 
This year SCS Nationals was held at the Sender One gym in Santa Anna California. The gym was actually...
The Elephant In The Room - Erica Carlson
04-14-2014 - 
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room.... Anxiety. We’ve all had to deal with it, we’ve all felt...

Bike News

Team Norco Intl.  2014 World Cup #1 RSA - Jill kintner
04-23-2014 - 
Pietermaritzburg, RSA - April 12, 2014 - After much anticipation, the 2014 season got underway last week under sunny...
Team Norco Intl. - 2014 Team Introduction. - Jill Kintner
Jill kintner
04-07-2014 - 
Seattle, WA - April 3, 2014 - Team Norco International is pleased to announce an expanded roster for 2014...
Trippin - Episode 2 - Madeira with Mark Scott and Sam Flanagan
Five Ten
02-14-2014 - 
Madeira, Europe's lost MTB paradise? That is no longer a question, but now a statement. Madeira should be next...
The New Impact VXi - First Thoughts - Jill Kintner
02-05-2014 - 
First of all, the old Impact shoe by five ten has been a staple piece of gear for YEARS...

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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Times of change - Mayan Smith-Gobat
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