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La Sportiva Mythos Rock Shoesis rated4.0out of5by16.
Rated5out of5byladyclimberfromcomfortable! yes! i mean it.I learned to climb when I was thirty using my husbands oversize pumas. I am now 56 and not a rock jock. our feet change as we age and mythos are the most comfortable versatile shoes I have ever bought. I did ballet and modern for 15 years so I take care of my feet. I received great service as well.
Date published: 2014-03-06
Rated5out of5byLandsailorfromThe best by farI have long, narrow feet, small heels, long toes. Finding a shoe to fit me is a challenge, even for regular old tennis shoes. Because of the flexible adjustable construction of the shoe, and the lacing, you can get these to fit you snug as a glove, but not uncomfortably tight. No pain. This is rare gem in climbing shoes, and they perform extremely well.
Date published: 2013-11-21
Rated2out of5byPapaTrollerfromLow heal that cut into my footPainful around my heel as I felt the heel was too low. This is clearly just my foot as I know 1000 people who love this shoe for trad climbing!!
Date published: 2013-09-16
Rated4out of5byjim in bostonfromgreat shoe but quality has declinedI have purchased 3 pairs of these over the last 20 years, and owned a dozen other climbing shoes over the years. My now vintage 1990s Mythos (awesome climber on the moon logo!) have had 6 resoles and are still my go to shoe. I have used these bouldering, climbing 5.12s sport and on long trad climbs. And although I compete in a more aggressive shoe mostly for the psycological value,I have never felt the shoes were limiting my climbing in any way. That performance plus the amazing comfort and custom feeling fit of the lace to toe shoe makes this the best climbing shoe ever designed. It will shape to anyones foot with stretch and the laces allow you to then pull that snug on your foot. How many other climbing shoe models are top sellers after several decades?
That said the newer ones, purchased last year (2012) were toast in a matter of months and not worth resoling due to the breakdown of the leather sock. The construction on my old Italian Mythos, from before the company was bought out by N. Face is amazing, great leather and precise stitching. The newer ones are much poorer quality with the leather failing behind the toe very quickly. Still an outstanding climbing shoe but they are now disposable shoes like most current models , not the old resoleable workhorse of the past.
Highly recomended but they "aint what they used to be" in terms of durability. That still puts them pretty much on par with every other shoe on the shelf in terms of durability
Date published: 2013-06-24
Rated4out of5byBill from PortlandfromDecent performance, very comfortableI bought the Mythos because I wanted something that performed decently, but was comfortable enough that I wouldn't have to take it off in between climbs in the gym. They worked out great! Not as high performance as some shoes out there, but overall not bad at all either, and when my friends are complaining about the pain in their feet and swapping their shoes on and off I can just take it easy.
Be warned, though: These shoes stretch a lot! I buy them so small that I can barely get my feet in, and after a few climbing sessions they've stretched out until my toes lie flat and have a little pressure on their tips from the shoes. This seems to be just the right size for me.
Date published: 2013-06-12
Rated4out of5byrernstfromFunction AND comfortGreat shoe. I normally wear size 9 to 9.5 depending on shoe style and manufacturer. For this shoe, I chose an 8.5, so about one full to one half shoe size smaller. Fit is perfect for me.
The lacing allows me to customize the fit better than the strap style of shoe. Fit is also relatively comfortable - I dont think any properly fitted climbing shoe is a shoe that one is going to want to hang out in, but I tried a lot of them on and wore them for at least 15 min. This shoe was the most comfortable of all.
Date published: 2013-05-30
Rated3out of5byClimber AnonymousfromMonthosI love this shoe, but both pairs I owned only lasted about a month of semi regular outdoor use before problems started to occur.
The shoe is comfortable, and performs well, especially on slabs and cracks. It took me up and back down (with comfort) a 23 pitch route with a 5.12a crux pitch.
However in both pairs that I owned, the rand split at the toe, causing the sole to began to separate within a month. The sole also began to separate on the side of the foot. Due to the hole in the rand I could not even get these resoled with just a simple sole replacement. I think the problem is probably rooted in the fact that it is only a single layer of leather which can shrink or expand while the rubber cannot. I have had a pair of Miura (which has multiple layers) last over a year (with resoling).
However the shoe still functioned so I continued to use them. When the problem got worse I returned them to REI. The second time I got some resistance when doing this (because people do abuse the return policy). This was aggravating to me because even though it had been nearly a year since I bought them, these things failed me within a month. The sales person was even aware that this shoes wear out fast, he said many people call them the "monthos."
This is a good shoe, but it is not worth the price due to how fast it wears out. It honestly should come with a warning on it that it wears out so fast, so that less people are indeed unsatisfied when it does wear out. I would highly recommend the Miura (lace version) as a replacement, REI needs to start carrying this too.
Date published: 2013-05-06
Rated4out of5byAaronmclimbfromGood comfortable shoesGreat shoes for long days out climbing, if you want something for power there are other shoes that will work better but these are great if you just want to be comfortable all day.
Date published: 2013-05-01
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