IN BRIEF: An exceptional steep rock performance shoe. Feels like a second skin, and that rumour of down-turned shoes being worth half a grade on steeper terrain is valid with these....I'm posting this after only a few wears. Firstly, I bought these months ago (first pair in the UK I believe) but after bringing them to Font for their first test, I decided that they needed to be kept for when I got back on real rock so have been hiding out in my wardrobe until a week or so ago, when I took them out to break in for a forthcoming trip.Firstly, the usual blurb. I'm coming from a major preference for FiveTen shoes - they just fit my feet. Of those models, I'm an Anazazi Velcro and Dragon-user. The Dragons fit me perfectly and are my recommended shoe usually. I ended up in the Team's purely as an experiment for new shoes.FIRST IMPRESSIONSThey're slightly (if that's possible) more agressive feeling than the Dragons, and feel like they wouldn't transfer as much to less steep terrain as them. They're also much harder to put on, having the narrow elasticated area across the top.I purchased these in my Dragon size, one size below shoe size and half a size larger than what I wear in Anazazi's. Seems to be the standard practice for a lot of people in these types of shoes. The fit is exceptional, with no slack areas anywhere. I'm even more impressed that with the large quantity of rubber across the top of the toe-box, that they aren't very uncomfortable or loose. They genuinely are moulded to my foot.I'm actually finding them a little different to climb in than I found the Dragons (which I could put on and forget about). The toe is slightly more pointed (or that's my impression at least), and almost feels more like a La Sportiva to me, where I find that there's not as much focused pressure on the big toe. That's not a bad thing, just taking a bit of getting used to.the heel is fantastic also, and almost feels like a slightly larger area of rubber that comes in contact with the hold (again, in comparison to the Dragons which feel like they are resting on a narrower ridge up the heel). No slippage at all.I've only used them about 8 times so far so can't comment on rubber wear, but going by how my FiveTen's usually wear, I don't see them wearing out anytime soon.CONCLUSIONI'll post a proper update on these in the coming months after they're more worn in.Honestly, I'm not completely sold on these shoes as when I first put on the Dragons. But that could be just because they don't feel like the leap in performance that I felt from them. They are exceptionally good, and I can see how well they'll perform on steep terrain.Having said that, I'm not sure how easily they'll transfer to less steep rock (even vertical). I wear Dragons more most uses now, bar vertical or slabby, and I'm not sure if the Team's are that all-rounder. They seem very very focused. That's not a bad thing, but just be aware that you'll probably require other shoes also.
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I was searching recently for solutions to my painful feet and read a blog posting about Vibram Five Fingers.  These are some crazy looking shoes that look more like gloves.  After reading the guys blog posting I took the risk of ordering a pair for around 80 bucks and within a few days my feet were feeling better.  Now, I actually wear them out in public where many people point, some people laugh, and a couple of hot chicks have told me how freaking cool I am.  The point is, these shoes, or feet gloves, are awesome and I highly recommend everyone buy a pair.  I just ordered another pair for my birthday and will get another pair for Christmas if Santa is listening.  You will love Vibrams, and you will feel a couple of years ahead of everyone else.
We headed down to the Wexford for the annual mother & daughters spa session. Given the times that are in it we opted for a day package rather than the usual weekend blow-out. The original plan was to arrive at 11am, do an hour in the thermal suite, break for lunch, and then have the treatments in the afternoon. But, by chance, during a phone call, it was discovered that lunch is in the hotel restaurant, which would mean either getting dressed after the pool or swanning down in bathrobe & slippers -neither appealed. Instead, we had lunch (vouchers provided by the spa) first and proceeded to the spa at 1pm.After a brief tour of the thermal suite (hydrotherapy pool, steam room, laconium, sauna, and tropical rain shower), we got stuck in and enjoyed 15 mins in the pool. Then exited to try the rest. Unfortunately only the steam room was up to scratch. Perhaps the sauna hadn't been used earlier, but I'd to use lots of water (had to fill the bucket myself) to try and build up a temp. The laconium was stone cold, including the couches. Finally, the water in the tropical rain shower was chilly to icey. Not that we were despondant, these spa days are about us having a skit, once the snorting laughing starts we're off!Then we split up for our individual treatments. I'd a foot massage, full body exfoliation and massage, and then a facial. All very relaxing. If you're looking for a hurt-me sports massage, here's not the place for it. One of the sisters had a hot stone therapy for the first time and loved it.The spa was busy all day (a Saturday), the restaurant gave us a huge lunch, and the staff were all friendly locals.
Don't know where to put your house/car keys when you are going for a run? You should check out the RoadID Shoe Pouch ID.My RoadID has my name, two contact phone numbers, my blood type, and that I am not allergic to penicillin.  In an emergency situation this information could be vital.The Shoe Pouch means I don't have to worry about carrying my house keys, I just slip them into the pouch.  The velcro strap fastens securely and leaves you confident in the knowledge that the contents are safe.If you are a long distance runner, or a hill walker, I'd recommend the Shoe Pouch ID.
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