Five Ten Anasazi VCS
Use: Sport, trad, bouldering, everything...
Break-in Period: 2 weeks or 5-7 workout
Price Paid: $130
This is by far the best climbing shoe ever made. I have more than 10 partners who swear by them. They edge unbelievable well and are extremely comfortable since it molds to your feet. They are better for wider feet. La Sportiva is known for people with narrower feet. There is minimal stretch because of the cowdura lining. I have probably seven pairs that I've gone thru.
The only downside is the cost, $130. My friends and I have tried cheaper brands that look like the Anasazi, but the quality in stitching and rubber is unmatched. 5-ten is known to have the best rubber, stealth. And their new rubber onyx is supposedly more stickier and durable. I don't know this since I haven't tried the rubber. I've climbed for over 10 years and tried all the major brands.
Use: bouldering, sport, traditional, multi-pitch
Break-in Period: 10 pitches
Price Paid: $70
Bottom line--These shoes are god's gift to every climber with narrow feet and a low volume heel (the womens specific model). They're the most versatile shoe I've ever worn; I've worn them bouldering, sport, trad, and multi-pitch climbing.
Once broken in, they're really comfortable too. I bought these shoes a couple months before I left for a 6 month climbing trip, and I wore them most days. Now (a year later), they are just starting to show signs of needing to be replaced/resoled. And I have to add-- even though the edges are pretty much nonexistent at this point, they still edge like the day I bought them.
Even though it can be hard to find these shoes for less than $100, it will probably save you money in the long run to buy them, because they're so versatile and durable. Enjoy!
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You'd be hard pressed to find a seasoned rock climber who hasn't owned and loved a pair of Five Ten Anasazi VCS Climbing Shoes--just check out what Chris Sharma was wearing when he made the first ascent of Realization way back in 2001. The convenient hook-and-loop straps, moderate profile shape, and edge-loving Stealth C4 outsoles are only a few of the reasons that these Anasazis are the world's best selling performance climbing shoes--ever.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
The Five Ten Anasazi VCS V2 now features Stealth(R) Onyxx(TM) rubber for the hardest, stickiest, most durable sole in the world. This is the highest-end performance shoe for sport climbing and hard bouldering, and is the future of climbing. The VCS and Lace-Up Anasazi climbing shoes by Five Ten are the top selling performance rock shoes in Europe. The VCS offers more sensitivity for pulling on holds on steep rock--a powerful tool for extreme sport climbing. This is a second-generation Anasazi known as the "V2," and if you're familiar with the originals, prepare to be amazed. Although the Anasazi V1 (formerly known as the Anasazi Velcro) from Five Ten led the high-performance shoe category for years, new technology has allowed them to make it even better. The V2's have new Stealth(R) Onyxx(TM) rubber, with 25 percent more friction and twice the durability of other rubbers. The Anasazi VCS and lace ups also have Five Ten's new Happy Fingers heel, with more comfort and security than ever. Designed by Charles Cole. Test team includes Evo, Jibe, Chris Miller, Mario Lacedelli, Michi Weiser and Noah Bigwood.
- RockCreek refers to the men's version
Five Ten Anasazi VCS Climbing Shoes - The Anasazi VCS Climbing Shoes by Five Ten are the perfect shoes to feel confident in when you are about to embark on a tough climb. Designed for 5.10 to 5.16, the VCS is an icon in the climbing world and the easy-on and easy-off design is only part of the reason this is the worldâ??s top-selling performance shoe. Designed for extreme sport climbing, the VCS has an ONYXX Stealth rubber outsole that has unbeatable hardness for precision edging, stickiness for friction, and exceptional durability. When your ready to write the rest of your climbing story, don't forget the Anasazi VCS Climbing Shoes by Five Ten.
- Outdoorplay refers to the men's version