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The La Sportiva Ganda Guide Shoe is the ultimate mid height technical climbing/approach shoe for the mountains. This La Sportiva shoe features a mid-height upper that protects the ankles and provides excellent stability on long approaches, and an anatomically sculpted PU Lite midsole to provide great cushioning and long lasting support. The Ganda Guide also has a slip lasted in the forefoot and board lasted in the back for the ultimate blend of mountain boot and climbing shoe construction, and a roomier fit in the toe-box than the Ganda, for better comfort on longer hikes.
DECENT FEATURES of the La Sportiva Ganda Guide Shoe
Mid-height upper protects the ankles and provides excellent stability on long approaches
Anatomically sculpted PU lite midsole provides great cushioning and long lasting support
Sup lasted in the forefoot and board lasted in the back for the ultimate blend of mountain boot and climbing shoe construction
Roomier fit in the Toe-Box than the ganda for comfort on longer hikes
I used these to climb the Grand Teton and I love the high tops for ankle support. The soles are durable but the down side is that they are not as sticky as I hoped. I really like how sticky the Five Ten Guide Tennie approach shoes are but the Ganda Guides have less grip on rock. I decided to have my Ganda Guides re-soled with Five Ten dot sticky rubber. Now I have the best of both worlds- comfort, ankle support, and sticky soles. I will wear them on a 5.8+ with no problems and great comfort. I am very happy with them but the cost of the shoe and the cost of the resole make me wonder if I should have just bought a new pair of Five Ten Guide Tennies.