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This is my second review; I now have about 15 trips to Dartmoor granite for bouldering and 20 pitches of Cornish (West Penwith) granite trad climbing in these new beauties. The boots have softened up nicely, making them better for smearing, and the rubber is holding up nicely considering how rough the granite around here is! XS Edge seems to be a good compromise rubber, especially for heavier climbers (IMHO). The rubber wrapping around the top of the toe is a luxury item; it works so well to make foot jamming more comfortable and secure. All the stitching and seams appear to be holding up perfectly. A brilliant shoe; so good I bought a second pair "for stock". I tried the next 1/2 euro size up in a quest for a real all-day boot, but it just added more of an air gap at the heal without adding to comfort in the toes, so I will be sticking with the 43.5s from now.
Have only had these for a couple of weeks, but they are very nicely made, and the toe area is nicely lined. Very stiff compared to my old La Sportiva Katana shoes, and with a more rounded toe profile; this ends up with less space for the big toe and more space for the other 4 toes. This suits me and gives a snug fit without too many pressure points. Hopefully, they will break in to provide a good level of comfort and performance. So far I have used them for some bouldering on granite and they seem to be excellent for getting the power down onto crystals and small edges. They are certainly good enough for my level these days: English 5C/6A bouldering, easy extremes on trad. After years away from Scarpa shoes, the sizing has changed; I was previously a 42, now I am a 43 1/2 in these shoes. My regular shoe size in La Sportiva and Scarpa approach shoes is 44, so downsizing by only half a size was a bit of a mind-bender! Previous Katanas (many pairs) and 5.10 Anasazi (many, many pairs) have all been size 42, which makes for a snug bouldering fit on my foot. Good luck finding your size, remember: go big!
I bought these after moving away from 5:10 Anasazi's due to their now made in China build quality. It's still early days but the Maestro does exactly what it says on the tin. A very good comfort to performance balance with excellent Italian build quality. The all day use design brief possibly explains the weight as they are a little on the heavier side, saying that your foot feels very well supported. The lack of aggression on the heel is apparent also. Nice to be back in laces again. For reference I was UK 9 in Anasazi VCS (USA model) and am 43 / UK9 in Scarpa rock shoes.
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