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When and How to Resole Your Climbing Shoes

Climbing shoes are essential tools for every climber. They provide the grip and precision needed to scale even the most challenging routes. However, like all gear, climbing shoes have a limited lifespan. One of the most cost-effective ways to extend the life of your favorite climbing shoes is by resoling them. In this guide, we'll explore when and how to resole your climbing shoes to keep them performing at their best.



Signs Your Climbing Shoes Need Resoling

Before you dive into the resoling process, it's important to recognize the signs that your climbing shoes are due for a makeover:


1. Visible damage

Inspect your shoes for visible damage, such as small holes of 1 cm or smaller on the soles.

2. Seam of the rubber is uneven

Sometimes you can see that the glue seam of the rubber deviates slightly downwards. If this deviates significantly, it is time to resole.

3. Decreased performance

If your climbing performance deteriorates and you cannot attribute this to personal factors, it may be your shoes. Reduced sensitivity and grip can negatively affect your climbing performance.



Choosing the Right Time for Resoling

It's essential to choose the right time for resoling. You don't want to wait until your shoes are completely destroyed, but you also don't want to resole them prematurely. Here are some factors to consider:

  1. Climbing Frequency: The more frequently you climb, the sooner your shoes will wear out. Consider resoling if you climb multiple times a week.

  2. Shoe Type: Aggressive, down-turned shoes tend to wear out faster than neutral shoes. Make sure to resole aggressive shoes as soon as they show signs of wear.

  3. Budget: If you're on a tight budget, you might want to push your shoes to their limit, but remember that resoling is more cost-effective than buying new shoes.



DIY vs. Professional Resoling

While some climbers prefer to resole their shoes themselves, it's generally recommended that you opt for professional resoling, especially if you're not experienced in the process. A professional resoler can ensure the job is done correctly, maintaining the shoe's original performance and integrity. Seek recommendations for resolers from fellow climbers, your local climbing gym, or climbing communities on social media. Or book a repair through Resole!




After Resoling - Caring for Your Climbing Shoes

Once you have your shoes resoled, it's essential to take care of them properly. Here are some tips to extend the life of your newly resoled shoes:

  1. Cleaning: Regularly clean your shoes to remove dirt and chalk, which can deteriorate the rubber.

  2. Drying: Allow your shoes to air dry after each climbing session. Never leave them in a closed bag or car where they can get hot and humid.

  3. Storage: Store your shoes in a cool, dry place to prevent mold and odors.




Conclusion

Resoling your climbing shoes is an excellent way to save money and reduce waste. By recognizing the signs that your shoes need resoling and choosing the right time and service, you can extend the lifespan of your climbing shoes while continuing to climb at your best. Remember, caring for your shoes after resoling is just as important as the resoling itself, so make it a part of your climbing routine. Happy climbing!





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