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Rob C
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Joined: 30 Jan 2005
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Location: Alameda

PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2005 6:51 pm    Post subject: Cleat Question Reply with quote

BACKGROUND: I bought a pair of Easton cleats less than a year ago
for around $40. Initially they were reasonably comfortable (although
not as comfortable as regular tennies) Over the past couple of
months they've been increasingly more uncomfortable as if the cleats
were coming up through the soul and causing blisters. Also, a lot
of ground materials is getting in through the bottoms and through
cracks around the sides. This is the 2nd pair of cheap Eastons that
I've had the same problem with.


QUESTIONS:
1. How long should a pair of cleats last?

2. Is there a difference in quality in terms comfort as well as how
long they may last between the cheaper cleats and the more expensive
ones, or between brands.

3. Is there anything in terms of caring for them that would extend
their life?

4. Is there any technique to prevent a lot of dirt and rocks from
getting inside?

5. Any recommendations as to manufacture and model to get, or, to
not get. Basically I'd like something that is as comfortable as
regular tennis shoes (and something that I can comfortable run
faster and longer in), and that will last. I typically wear them
about 16 hours a week on average. And of course I'd want something
that will hold up in wet conditions (such as in the rain, or on wet
grass or muddy fields).

6. Is there a certain cleat pattern I should be looking for?


7. Some guys have suggested Turf shoes, which Im also considering. Does anyone wear them or have experience with them? If so, any info would be appreaciated. Are they good for both infield and outfield (I frequently play both), and are they good on both dry and wet grass?

THANKS
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tallguy
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Joined: 31 Jan 2005
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Location: Wilsonville, OR

PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, all I can say is, my pair of Eastons cost me $45 at Big 5, on sale from $60, and they seem to be holding up well. I think if you stick to the ones with removable and therefore replaceable, spikes, you should be OK. These are the ones for serious players, and are usually of much higher quality. Still, if you are in them for 16 hours a week you should expect them to wear out quicker! Damn Rob, that's a lot of play to put them through!
Maybe you would find less of a problem with the soles wearing through if you stuck gel liners inside, that's what I did and it worked great. The soles of my feet used to get really sore, but not nearly so much now.
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