Please help me decide on caving approach shoes.

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Please help me decide on caving approach shoes.

Postby EdwinTheDeadwin » Apr 1, 2020 6:43 am

Hello, my grotto is based out of Los Angeles. Most of the people in my group use approach or canyoneering shoes. So I narrowed it down to a few choices for approach shoes and I wanted to ask if anyone has any input. I am also open to other suggestions.

Arc'teryx Konseal AR Approach Shoes: https://www.rei.com/product/154926/arct ... shoes-mens
La Sportiva TX 3 Approach Shoes: https://www.rei.com/product/895633/la-s ... shoes-mens
La Sportiva TX4 Approach Shoes: https://www.rei.com/product/146538/la-s ... shoes-mens

The reviews on REI make the TX3 look like the best pick for wet conditions. But they are marked as being for hiking and they are also less durable.
I saw a review for the Konseal AR that made them sound like they are good for wet rock.
I tried asking a question on there about the TX4 but the guy that answered didn't seem familiar with caving.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Please help me decide on caving approach shoes.

Postby bobby49 » Apr 4, 2020 10:33 pm

Those three are similar to what I use. However, I doubt that I've ever paid more than $80 for any of mine. Then the oldest pair of those boots is what I use inside the cave.

We have no idea where you go caving, so you are better off getting advice from people in your grotto.
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Re: Please help me decide on caving approach shoes.

Postby GroundquestMSA » Apr 5, 2020 7:52 am

Shoes are shoes are shoes. It doesn't much matter.
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Re: Please help me decide on caving approach shoes.

Postby trogman » Apr 7, 2020 3:46 pm

I generally wear the same boots getting to the cave as I do in the cave. It might be different out in CA, but pretty much all cavers around here are the same way.
Who am I kidding- EVERYTHING is different in CA! :laughing:

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Re: Please help me decide on caving approach shoes.

Postby Steven Johnson » Apr 7, 2020 6:08 pm

EdwinTheDeadwin wrote:Most of the people in my group use approach or canyoneering shoes. So I narrowed it down to a few choices for approach shoes and I wanted to ask if anyone has any input.


Get the ones that fit you best. End of discussion.

Seriously, it's mostly about the extra grippy rubber sole, which really does make a difference in caving (I was skeptical till I tried them).

I haven't used any of those models but have used La Sportiva Boulder X Mid for a while and been very happy with them. Never encountered anyone using the Arcteryx. Several cavers in my grotto (Diablo) use Five Tens and are happy with them.
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