I took my Olympus 4.0’s out on Carl yesterday and have a couple of follow up observations.
Carl is pure vertical and technical vertical at that. It’s a ‘granny gear’ slope of typically 45 degrees or sharper with loose shale, slick rock and loose rock.
After 4 loops I came away less thrilled with the grip of the Olympus. Granted these were rough conditions. But in general I found them to be slightly less sure footed as my Lone Peak 3.5’s. Slightly more slippage on loose material and I partially slipped twice while descending on large rocks (boulders).
At the end of the day I came away feeling less sure on bad surfaces than I do in my Lone Peak’s. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing since it makes me more aware of footing and balance and potentially avoids over confidence that my LP’s might put me in.
Part of the problem I think is the Vibram outer ring on the Olympus is harder material and while I’m sure really durable, it seems less secure on smooth hard surfaces at dramatic slopes that may not be as dry as they could be.
They’ve also had more stretch to them them I’m used to in a trail shoe and after lap 2 I had to retie them, starting at the base of the laces all the way up to get them to lock back in. This ‘should’ be a problem that resolves itself over time as all the stretch is taken out but the increased volume this is causing in the midfoot has me pulling the eyelets closer and closer together.
I’m going to have to get a pair of the Lone Peak 4.0’s sooner than later so I know what I’m going to be training with from now till spring.