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Why are climbing shoes usually a slightly tighter than the usual mountaineering shoes?

Climbing shoes need to be extremely tight* because they frequently have to support a lot of weight on extremely tiny footholds, often on the tip of the toes: Any free space inside the shoe could ...
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Shoe sizes for bouldering

Yes, shoe size plays a role which is quite important. But for beginners I would suggest to think more about foot technique than caring about the best possible gear. For climbing shoe sizes I give the ...
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Climbing barefoot/in toe-shoes?

I climb barefoot and in vibram five-fingers (KSO's), climbed in them for the first time in 2008 and loved them, where they excel is in roofs and overhanging problems because you can hook holds a lot ...
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How much should my toes hurt in climbing shoes?

Your climbing shoes shouldn't hurt at all. Andrew Bisharat has a great article to read on the subject: http://eveningsends.com/climbing/climbing-shoes-tight/ In summary, here's what the article says:...
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How to find climbing shoes for toe and heel hooks?

Here are some features to keep in mind when buying climbing shoes once you're past the beginner phase: Downturned: Most beginner shoes are pretty flat, which are fine for mainly vertical walls. ...
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Does resoling change a climbing shoe's fit?

I have had several shoes resoled, and each one fit pretty much just as they did before the resoling. No adjustments or breaking in necessary, as all the shoes were well seasoned, and the resoling had ...
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What to look for in climbing shoes?

Even though you say cost is not a primary factor, I still think it's good to be aware of this point when buying your first climbing shoes when mainly used in gyms (I wasn't aware at the time :) ): ...
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How to contain the stench of climbing shoes?

Seal them away (in transit and at work - store them somewhere dry and well ventilated at home). You could use a dry bag sold for kayaking etc. Small ones are cheap on ebay but I've linked to ...
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Why are climbing shoes usually a slightly tighter than the usual mountaineering shoes?

I'll address the mountaineering viewpoint (as opposed to the other good answers about the climbing viewpoint). Mountaineering usually involves covering a lot of distance over a bunch of different ...
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Is it ok for my climbing shoes/chalk bag to get wet?

In addition to @Liam's fine answer: The usability of both chalk and shoes will be severely limited while wet, e.g. friction is extremely reduced and you will slip. Chalk will lump. Your shoes will be ...
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Do climbing shoes wear out from age alone?

Climbing shoes don't wear out from age alone (in any realistic time frame that is). However, the rubber in the soles do age (probably because it "dries" and oxidizes over time) which affects the ...
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Climbing barefoot/in toe-shoes?

I'll chime in from a fairly unique position with anecdotal evidence only. I feel like most of the advice you'll get is from experts that talk down to you condescendingly if you even mention the b-...
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How do I know when it's time to replace my climbing shoes?

Generally speaking, newer shoes are going to be better and more effective and yet as you well know that costs money. So what it really comes down is a cost/benefit analysis that's going to be up to ...
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Shoe sizes for bouldering

There probably is a point where not having a toe-crunched fit would make a difference, but it's not V3. Climbing shoes do wear out relatively quickly. The difference in the sharpness of the rubber ...
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How to clean rock-climbing shoes?

Be careful to check the health warnings on most sterilizing sprays as most of them state not to get on your skin (I don't wear socks in my climbing shoes). There are also a large number of deodorizers,...
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Climbing barefoot/in toe-shoes?

Aside from the excellent answer by Michael Borgwandt, I have to add that a climbing shoe isn't just there for better gripping. Just like any other shoe, it also protects your feet from any sharp ...
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Shoe sizes for bouldering

Feet and fit are very personal and shoes are no substitute for good technique and strength. How should I choose the proper size of my climbing shoes? I think the best thing you could do would be ...
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Do climbing shoes wear out from age alone?

They won't wear out from age alone. It seems like the big sticking point to the author of the article was that the foam loses its padding over time, As a general rule, he tells customers who are ...
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Is it ok for my climbing shoes/chalk bag to get wet?

Of course your outdoor equipment has no problems with getting wet. It's not getting any damage if used in rain. While wet the function of your gear may be influenced, e.g. in the case of rubber soles ...
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Are my climbing shoes worth repairing?

Shoes can be resoled from a worse state. My current shoes have been resoled from a similiar state three times. The first time they worked even better than new (the rubber was better). It all ...
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Are my climbing shoes worth repairing?

These shoes are pretty far gone. At the very least you'll need a new toe rand in addition to the resole, which is going to cost you a significant portion of the price of a new shoe. Your shoes may ...
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Climbing barefoot/in toe-shoes?

One thing is that I doubt it's possible to train the toes to have significant strength; unlike the fingers, they are simply not built for that job. And most of the time, you have a lot more weight on ...
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Does resoling change a climbing shoe's fit?

Not unless they did a really bad job. Shoe size starts with the sole. It would be really hard to even sew in an upper to a wrong sized sole. If you told the cobbler you want less width they could ...
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How do I know when it's time to replace my climbing shoes?

Whether a rounded edge is a problem strongly depends on your climbing level. In my experience, for normal people this is not much of an issue as footholds are big enough to step even with a rounded ...
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How to clean rock-climbing shoes?

Kill the bacteria that turns perspiration into a foul smell, sounds crazy but put them in the freezer overnight. This and a through onslaught with any other antibacterial treatments e.g. biological ...
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How to contain the stench of climbing shoes?

I've used Boot Bananas sourced from my local bouldering gym after complaints by my better half about stenchy climbing shoes. Since using them the complaints have completely dried up. They are still ...
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Do climbing shoes wear out from age alone?

Rubber oxidizes. The term (in time) that your rubber oxidizes at cannot be said because of certain conditions, but I can name a few tips to help prevent that from happening. Avoid heat, UV exposure, ...
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