The Sunday Sesh, No. 8

I know, I know.  Consistency.  I’ll have to work on that.  We haven’t had a good Sunday Sesh in a while…a little over a month, as a matter of fact.  Today, we’re going to look at what AE, who has a +4 Ape Index, likes for climbing shoes.  AE is a route setter and a darn good climber.  His shoe of choice when redpointing a 5.13a is the La Sportiva Solution.  He’s been through six or seven pairs of them, now.  AE likes the Solutions because he says, “You don’t have to size down a lot, and there’s a lot of rubber on the toe.”  AE wears size 13(M)US street shoes and the size equivalent of 11.5(M)US in La Sportiva Solutions (45.5EU). He just broke in a new pair earlier this year, and hasn’t climbed in them much yet, so he’ll be in them for a while!

Now, I mentioned AE’s “Ape Index”.  What is that, some of you might be saying?  Your “Ape Index” is your “wingspan” – measured across your back with your arms straight out to the sides, fingers straight, from the fingertip on one hand to the fingertip on the other – minus your height in the same measurement unit, usually inches.  For example, my Ape Index is -1, meaning that my wingspan is one inch shorter than my height in inches.  I’m at a disadvantage for reach, which is what it boils down to.  So AE, having an Ape Index of +4, has a huge reach advantage over me!  Five inches!!!  See?  You may have learned something new today.  Go find your Ape Index!!!

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