Anyone in the same boat as me?
I was attracted a few years ago when I started by the inov-8 shoe range, tried out a few pairs and have settled into running in Mudclaw 333s and trail running in Roclites. The fit suits me so I've stuck with them for quite a few pairs now. Too many pairs in fact. I've found myself buying 4 or 5 pairs of shoes a year for the last couple of years and at current prices, I can't carry on.
The issue for me is that the uppers fail before the sole wears out. An example...
Bought a new pair mail order from Blands in Kendal, Mudclaw 333, at the start of April.
Started the Edale Skyline in them, took a fall less than halfway round and retired injured. Mid May, recovered and ready to run again, did the OCT with the missus and had a nice day out. Following weekend, Jura.
Two and a half races, no training runs and the stitching is gone! A section of stitching below the ankle cuff has just disappeared! The sole is spanking, yet the upper is about to rapidly decline. My last pair of Mudclaws still has a good sole, yet one of the lace eyelets is gone and the others are looking a little ropey and the mesh is fraying out...
I'd have thought that on a fell shoe the stitching should be robust, the thread should be the strongest, most abrasion resistant you can get... to make it fit for purpose.
There again, some Uk climbing manufacturers who out-sourced overseas had similar quality control issues. On the other hand it might be that inov8 shoes are under-engineered to hit the weights they sell them at - the smaller the number, the bigger the price tag it seems.
Oh yes, while i'm on it, the stitching on my inov8 cap has gone causing the peak to dig in to my forehead...
Anyone recommend a similarly lasted and fitting shoe?
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