Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Climbing shoes go the distance.(Final)

Byline: Stephen Regenold For the Journal

GEAR JUNKIE

You'd think I was the wife of a former Filipino dictator. While I have no relation to Imelda Marcos, my closet is stacked with shoes. Mountaineering boots sit on top of baseball cleats, which lie next to trail-runners, climbing shoes, moccasins and sandals.

No, this is not some sick fetish. My broad outdoor interests just demand specialized footwear.

I recently added two hybrid approach/climbing shoes to this cache. The Mountain Master by Five Ten (www.fiveten.com) and the D7 by Montrail (www.montrail.com) are shoes built for arduous wilderness treks and moderate climbing.

Montrail's D7 ($80), for example, has a dual-compound Vibram sole with soft, sticky rubber on the forefoot for climbing and lugged rubber on the heel for durability. …

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