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Climbing News

A New Beginning - Eric Sethna
Eric Sethna
01-18-2015 - 
What a year it’s been! In April, I turned the page to a new chapter in my life: Post-graduation....
My first V14- Direct North. and Future Plans! - Giovanni Traversi
Giovanni
01-18-2015 - 
I recently completed Direct North V14 in Bishop, Ca. This is my hardest, proudest send to date. There are...
The Problem with the Gegeneration Phase - Markus Eder
Markus Eder
01-09-2015 - 
The saying “Rest days are the best days!” is not everyone’s opinion. I often have a big problem...
Autumn 2014: A Growing Team - Will Roderick
Will Roderick
01-05-2015 - 
This past term at school has certainly been action packed. Although school projects took much of my time, I...

Bike News

Danny Macaskill: The Ridge
Danny MacAskill
10-20-2014 - 
The Ridge is the brand new film from Danny Macaskill... For the first time in one of his films...
Season Reflections - Armen Davis
Armen Davis
10-19-2014 - 
Well, the 2014 season came to an end, and it seemed like it went by very quickly. Compared to...
Cockpit Set Up Tips -Bars N Levers - Jill Kintner
09-21-2014 - 
Some tips to help with bike set up...
Projekt 5 - Vogel - Jan Porič
Jan Porič
09-16-2014 - 
Vogel Mountain Bike Park was the fifth and last location of Projekt 5. On the trail which is 1,2...

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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