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WHAT I DO

 

Why repair?

 

The costs associated with climbing can be intimidating; with the cost of living increasing rapidly, we're more conscious of our spending than ever before. Resoling - as opposed to replacing - your ageing shoes cuts the cost of them in half.

Not only that, but new climbing shoes need breaking in, which can be uncomfortable - now you needn't part with your favourite pair that have moulded to your feet just perfectly!

Additionally, as we all become more aware of our carbon footprint, repairing instead of replacing massively reduces landfill waste. So a big thumbs up for the planet too.

Rock Climbing Indoors

Types of repair:

Resole only

This repair involves replacing the worn out sole with a fresh new sole. Sometimes Rands are required, even if you have caught it early & the upper rubber/Rands are intact. The reason for this is the underside of the sole/ Rands construction has worn out. This is a crucial part of the shoe where there needs to be a good portion of rubber on the underside for the new sole to bond correctly.

(If your soles require this I will be in touch.)  

Resole & Rand Repair

This repair involves replacing the worn out sole & the upper rubber/Rands. If you have pierced upper rubber/Rands this repair is required. If you can see synthetic material, Rands are required. If you have gone through the synthetic material & created a hole of any form this can't be repaired as the integrity of the last/shoe has been compromised. (If you're still not sure what repair is required drop me an email & attach some photos.)     

Rubber Compounds

 

Sole Brother uses either Vibram or Unparalleled rubber. These are the most reliable and popular rubbers used in climbing shoes and come in various profiles to suit different makes and models of climbing shoes.

I use Vibram rubber for the following brands, La Sportiva/Scarpa/Tenaya/Ocun. The other brands use their own Rubber compounds that I do not stock. So therefore will match it to the closest I have in stock at that time.

 

I know the longer stock Vibram XS Grip 2. This is related to many reasons.. but will just mention a few.

(1) Working with compounds is quite toxic.

(2) It's hard to work with & get a good mould.

(3) Unless you are climbing mid eight's grades & so on you're not going to notice the stickiness of those rubber compounds. "Trust me I know" So therefore the replacement for this compound is the XS Grip Eco. It moulds superb on the likes of Scarpa instinct range & the La Sportiva solutions & so on.. Sole Brother is all about doing it right & pushing the Resoling industry to a greener future. 

       

Vibram XS Eco, 3.5, 20% of the Vibram XS Eco sole is composed of off-cuts from the processing of high-performance climbing compounds. (This product is superb and great for outside & indoor gym climbing alike. It's a super sticky & tough rubber compound. And also a big thump up for the planet! 

 

Vibram XS Edge, Hard, 4mm, super durable & great for edging performance.

 

Unparallel former 5:10 Rubber compounds,

RH, hard, 4.2mm.

RS, soft, 3.5mm.

Signs of wear & tear on the Rands/Side Wall Wraps

 

You never want to wait until you have holes in your shoes, as it immediately destroys the integrity of that footwear and then it's not repairable. It's all about catching the shoe at the right time to get a fresh Resole. Things to look out for, as soon as you start to lose the inside edge of the toe and it starts to round off this is a good time to get a fresh Resole. If you continue to climb in them & ignore those signs you will start to damage the Rands and further repair work will be required. If you look after your shoes you can Resole them multiple times depending on the brand & model of shoes. 

(If you do not read the information on the website & select any repair even when the shoes are beyond repairable. There are charges for cancellation orders that are explained under cancellation policy which can be found on the main menu.)    

 

Not sure which repair you need? Drop us a message!

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