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So far, so painful. . as usual I’ve been wearing these around the house and watching tv and they’ve really taken some wearing in before I was ready to try them out properly. I’ve now been climbing in them twice and I can already tell they’ll be very good. Tonnes of grip, a very assured strapping system and they fit my foot shape well. . when the painful part has gone these could be amazing.
The phantoms are a cracking pair of incredibly aggressive bouldering shoes, with pretty much every inch being solid rubber. Forget the rest of the reviews on here about sizing, I'm a UK 10 street and decided to go for this size as a first try, and I seriously couldn't fit into anything smaller. Very stiff so probably won't stretch much. If you're wanting something comfier go a half size above street, but then there's no point having such an aggressive shoe. The 6 point velcro system works brilliantly and keeps all parts of the shoe tight on the foot. No heel slippage at all for me.
The only issue I have is the closure tab that you pull the shoe tight with (pictured). It seems very weakly attached to the white 'cord' via some stitching, so I can see the tab breaking off as a potential weak point. Just make sure to tighten by pulling the white cord, not the tab, then velcro the tab down.
Other than that their an awesome shoe (chose these over the booster, glad I did), and I'd recommend.
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