Couldn’t agree more Paul. Cheap boots and gaffs don’t mix.Wrong choice of word. Inexpensive does not line up with gaffs.....
Ryan those boots and gaffs are a good mix for sure.....Couldn’t agree more Paul. Cheap boots and gaffs don’t mix.
Here is my recommendation.
Best boots I’ve ever had. Daily still wearing a pair that I bought in 2015. Just bought another pair but trying to get all the life out of the old pair that I can.
Southsound. Platforms work well if you never have to move away from the stem. The first time you try and “walk” out a limb they start to suck.An overhead TIP is way easier on the feet. Easy to advance ahead and sit down.
Spar work, you often just stand in your spurs, with a bigger saw.
Anyone have time with spur platforms, as a stop-gap measure? Some guy at a training said he made plywood platforms for under his foot, like the metal ones sold, and he liked it. Dunno.
If your gonna be spending 5-8 hours a day in spurs then I would spend the money and get a boot built for climbing in spurs. Hoffmans, La Sportiva Makalu, Whites. Whatever floats your boat. But if your just gonna be in spurs every once in a while any decent logger with a shank in the arch should suffice.Anyone have recommendations for a decent pair of inexpensive boots to wear with spikes? Also advice for a more quality pair to get later on down the line?
Holy shit... When I saw them climbing up my reaction was not too impressed, as in it wasn't anything I didn't expect. Going down however... My jaw dropped almost as fast as they flew down those poles... I didn't even think that was possible, that's about how fast I bomb out of a tree on rope...Everyone is hereby notified that Tom has just signed an Executive Order making it illegal for anyone on TB to spur climb in anything but Chuck T's until you can move like these young fella's. Then and only then will you be allowed to wear proper climbing boots!
I do it all the time, especially at work, using a lory descender, gives great control. Not a huge fan of bombing on hitch cord, akimbo solved that...I don't know if I've ever bombed out that fast.
There's gotta be some nasty injuries associated with this sport...
The descending, specifically? It looks like the impact would be brutal, as well as if one of those feet hung up or something. Eesh.I used to dabble in the spar pole comps when I was young. Even won a few in my day, but lord have mercy it is brutal on your knees.. Fuck that.
I can go up pretty quick on a clean pole like that, but I will never come down like that. My knees would be done. Forever. Maybe when I was late teens, early twenties.Everyone is hereby notified that Tom has just signed an Executive Order making it illegal for anyone on TB to spur climb in anything but Chuck T's until you can move like these young fella's. Then and only then will you be allowed to wear proper climbing boots!