User Review: Five Ten Men's Camp Four
Use: weekend warrior
Price Paid: $120
After reading reviews on-line, I bought Camp Four for recreational outdoor activities. My foot size is US 9 and usually shoes (Adidas, LL Bean, Timberland) with US 9.5 would fit me fine because I wear Midweight SmartWool. I find Camp Four at US 9.5 to be a bit tighter than others. However, when I want to use them for some rock climbing, I need them tight. So, I would stick with US 9.5 when I have to buy another pair (Yes! I would buy another pair if this one wears out).
I broke-in this pair with casual walking and cycling, but I could not tell if it's necessary. They felt comfortable out-of-the-box. My first big trip with Camp Four is a 3-Day trip to Taiwan's Chi-Lai South (3358m/11017ft.) in January. My pack weighed 17kb/37lb.. The trail was mixed with rough trail, rocky trail, sliding rocks and wet logs. At summit day, it was snowing the night before. So the trail was full of snow slush and sliding mud.
Bad things first: Camp Four isn't waterproof (by design). And my feet got plenty wet and plenty cold at summit. However, my feet quickly warmed up once they left snow. It is not waterproof so they can provide better breathability and they do.
Good things: Traction and load support. On this trip, Camp Four faced everything besides climbing. And Camp Four provided good traction at almost all conditions. Mud was a tad slippery but that only meant that I had to slow down a bit. On this trip, I was carrying 17kg and Camp Four held up fine. I only felt the rocks a few time at the really rocky portion. Since it's a low-cut, there is little ankle support by design.
Overall, I give Camp Four 4-star. I really want to give 5-star, but I'm not experienced enough and my time with Camp Four isn't long enough to give Camp Four 5-star. Five Ten Camp Four is a really excellent do-it-all outdoor shoes.
P.S. I have since bought a pair of Rocky Gore-Tex Socks to provide waterproofness when necessary.