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GANDA

item #: 855
price: $250

The cutting edge of shoe design!  This is the shoe to hike 5 miles to your project and then climb it in the same shoe

Ganda

GANDA

Price: $250

The cutting edge of shoe design!  This is the shoe to hike 5 miles to your project and then climb it in the same shoe

We pulled out all the stops to produce a shoe that will withstand multiple resoles, let you carry a 30-pound pack and climb 5.12! Slip lasted in the forefoot and board lasted in the back, the Ganda is built around a 3D sculpted anatomical PU Lite midsole that molds to your foot. The white wash tanned leather on the upper repels salts and stays supple for the life of the shoe. This is the ultimate mountain shoe for technical alpine rock climbs and those unbelievable long days in the mountains. Hike in without the sock liner and then insert the sock liner stiffener to take up volume and send!

IDEAL TERRAIN:  Climbing and hiking in technical terrain requiring fifth class climbing.

WEIGHT: 14.74 oz • 418 g

LAST: Approach Tech

CONSTRUCTION: Slip Lasted (forefoot)/ Board Lasted (rear)

UPPER: Leather/ Vibram® rubber rands/ Synthetic leather

LINING: Mesh (heel only)

MIDSOLE: PU Lite

SOLE: Vibram® Dot Rubber

SIZES: 36 - 47 (half sizes)

COLOR: Grey/Yellow

ITEM NUMBER: 855

"As a mountain guide, what goes on my feet is one of the most important things I consider. Often while rock climbing, figuring out what combination of shoes to take on a long climb is the crux of the packing. When the climb requires a walk off in technical terrain the decision gets even harder. Do I take a very light approach shoe and rock shoes for an easy climb that requires lots of walking or do I carry a more substantial approach shoe where comfort comes first?" Read the Colorado Mountain School Review

Product Reviews

Mark - Jackson, WY
10.30.13

The Ganda is the best approach/moderate rock climbing shoe ever! I can climb confidently climb moderate rock routes due to their amazing edging ability. I have a wide foot and the lacing system has a great range of adjustment. You can crank them down for a crux then loosen for the walk down and out. They are also great for off-width climbing as the extra padding keeps me from whimpering in pain.
-They also look great in Euro trash discotechs.

William - Branford, CT
08.15.12

“Ganda” is:

A. A town in the Nagqu Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China
B. An ethnic group native to Buganda, a subnational kingdom within Uganda
C. By far the most versatile shoe I have ever owned.
D. All of the above

If you answered D you were right but really the only answer that matters is C. I really cannot stress how versatile these shoes are. So far, I have:

Climbed 5.8 trad
Bouldered V3
Free-ride Mountain biked
Ordered a large Americano at Starbucks

In all honesty, I feel a bit bad about putting the last one on there - I went through the drive through so the role of the shoe was limited.

In all seriousness, the versatility of these shoes is amazing. Read more at 307andbeyond.tumblr.com

Dale - Louisville, CO
05.02.11

The Ganda is one of my go to shoes! As an IFMGA mountain guide I have the opportunity to spend a ton time on varied terrain and find the Ganda works perfectly in most situations. From guiding the Flatirons in Boulder to guiding long multi pitch routes in Red Rocks the Ganda is well suited to tackle the trail, steep approach slaps, and the route! It stays on my feet up to easy 5.10.
I fit the Ganda to be worn with the sock liner while hiking as I prefer the extra comfort on the approach and still find they climb very well. This shoe is so well made that I have already put over 30 days of hard guiding and climbing abuse on them and they a just starting to think about a resole. However the uppers don't even show signs of wear except for the obvious dirt and grime. If I had one thing I wish the Ganda was better at I would say ventilation as they are a bit warm but this is a fair trade as the beefy construction will make them last many seasons.
As the Alpine Discipline coordinator for the American Mountain Guides Association I get to spend time with guides in training and one of the venues we use for this is the Washington Pass area in Washington state. The Ganda is perfectly suited for the approaches and then to the climbing on these majestic alpine rock spires. Being able to take one pair of shoes is key to traveling light and having a enjoyable day in the mountains.
If you want an approach shoe that walks well, climbs well and lasts consider the Ganda.

Cheers,

Dale Remsberg

Olivia C. - Leavenworth, WA
04.09.11

I got a pair of the Ganda's the first season they came out 3 years ago and they are the only approach shoe I use these days. I love these shoes so much that I ordered another pair last season well before my first pair was worn out, just in case Sportiva decided to stop making them some day.

I use these for both guiding and personal climbing. When guiding I rarely even put on a pair of rock shoes anymore. As the description says they are very comfortable for hiking and without any sacrifice on the climbing front. I have worn them all over including the sandpaper environment of Joshua tree and am still in the 1st pair of shoes. Unlike other approach shoes I have had in the past that climb well but barely make it through a season these have taken 2 solid years of abuse and are still in great shape.

I have a relatively wide foot, with bunions too, and I have found that I just leave the sock liner in all of the time and I still have room while hiking. With gear reviews I generally try to include constructive criticism on areas that can be improved upon but with the Gandas I really cannot come up with anything - I love them!

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  • Features
    • We pulled out all the stops to produce a shoe that will withstand multiple resoles, let you carry a 30-pound pack and climb 5.12! Slip lasted in the forefoot and board lasted in the back, the Ganda is built around a 3D sculpted anatomical PU Lite midsole that molds to your foot. The white wash tanned leather on the upper repels salts and stays supple for the life of the shoe. This is the ultimate mountain shoe for technical alpine rock climbs and those unbelievable long days in the mountains. Hike in without the sock liner and then insert the sock liner stiffener to take up volume and send!

      IDEAL TERRAIN:  Climbing and hiking in technical terrain requiring fifth class climbing.
  • Tech Specs
    • WEIGHT: 14.74 oz • 418 g

      LAST: Approach Tech

      CONSTRUCTION: Slip Lasted (forefoot)/ Board Lasted (rear)

      UPPER: Leather/ Vibram® rubber rands/ Synthetic leather

      LINING: Mesh (heel only)

      MIDSOLE: PU Lite

      SOLE: Vibram® Dot Rubber

      SIZES: 36 - 47 (half sizes)

      COLOR: Grey/Yellow

      ITEM NUMBER: 855

  • Additional Info
    • "As a mountain guide, what goes on my feet is one of the most important things I consider. Often while rock climbing, figuring out what combination of shoes to take on a long climb is the crux of the packing. When the climb requires a walk off in technical terrain the decision gets even harder. Do I take a very light approach shoe and rock shoes for an easy climb that requires lots of walking or do I carry a more substantial approach shoe where comfort comes first?" Read the Colorado Mountain School Review

  • Reviews
    • Mark - Jackson, WY
      10.30.13

      The Ganda is the best approach/moderate rock climbing shoe ever! I can climb confidently climb moderate rock routes due to their amazing edging ability. I have a wide foot and the lacing system has a great range of adjustment. You can crank them down for a crux then loosen for the walk down and out. They are also great for off-width climbing as the extra padding keeps me from whimpering in pain.
      -They also look great in Euro trash discotechs.

    • William - Branford, CT
      08.15.12

      “Ganda” is:

      A. A town in the Nagqu Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China
      B. An ethnic group native to Buganda, a subnational kingdom within Uganda
      C. By far the most versatile shoe I have ever owned.
      D. All of the above

      If you answered D you were right but really the only answer that matters is C. I really cannot stress how versatile these shoes are. So far, I have:

      Climbed 5.8 trad
      Bouldered V3
      Free-ride Mountain biked
      Ordered a large Americano at Starbucks

      In all honesty, I feel a bit bad about putting the last one on there - I went through the drive through so the role of the shoe was limited.

      In all seriousness, the versatility of these shoes is amazing. Read more at 307andbeyond.tumblr.com

    • Dale - Louisville, CO
      05.02.11

      The Ganda is one of my go to shoes! As an IFMGA mountain guide I have the opportunity to spend a ton time on varied terrain and find the Ganda works perfectly in most situations. From guiding the Flatirons in Boulder to guiding long multi pitch routes in Red Rocks the Ganda is well suited to tackle the trail, steep approach slaps, and the route! It stays on my feet up to easy 5.10.
      I fit the Ganda to be worn with the sock liner while hiking as I prefer the extra comfort on the approach and still find they climb very well. This shoe is so well made that I have already put over 30 days of hard guiding and climbing abuse on them and they a just starting to think about a resole. However the uppers don't even show signs of wear except for the obvious dirt and grime. If I had one thing I wish the Ganda was better at I would say ventilation as they are a bit warm but this is a fair trade as the beefy construction will make them last many seasons.
      As the Alpine Discipline coordinator for the American Mountain Guides Association I get to spend time with guides in training and one of the venues we use for this is the Washington Pass area in Washington state. The Ganda is perfectly suited for the approaches and then to the climbing on these majestic alpine rock spires. Being able to take one pair of shoes is key to traveling light and having a enjoyable day in the mountains.
      If you want an approach shoe that walks well, climbs well and lasts consider the Ganda.

      Cheers,

      Dale Remsberg

    • Olivia C. - Leavenworth, WA
      04.09.11

      I got a pair of the Ganda's the first season they came out 3 years ago and they are the only approach shoe I use these days. I love these shoes so much that I ordered another pair last season well before my first pair was worn out, just in case Sportiva decided to stop making them some day.

      I use these for both guiding and personal climbing. When guiding I rarely even put on a pair of rock shoes anymore. As the description says they are very comfortable for hiking and without any sacrifice on the climbing front. I have worn them all over including the sandpaper environment of Joshua tree and am still in the 1st pair of shoes. Unlike other approach shoes I have had in the past that climb well but barely make it through a season these have taken 2 solid years of abuse and are still in great shape.

      I have a relatively wide foot, with bunions too, and I have found that I just leave the sock liner in all of the time and I still have room while hiking. With gear reviews I generally try to include constructive criticism on areas that can be improved upon but with the Gandas I really cannot come up with anything - I love them!

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