This low, approach-type hiking shoe with 5-10's proprietary…
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (Red Rock Rendezvous (Mountain Gear))
This low, approach-type hiking shoe with 5-10's proprietary Stealth rubber sole performs very well for day hiking on and off trial and, especially, for rock scrambling and climbing approaches. It's very lightweight; has a more aggressive tread than the 5-10 Camp 4, but not the same stiffness. I use both models, but this has become my "go to" hiking shoe.
- super grippy Stealth rubber soles
- durable, all-leather uppers
- difficuly lacing system
- extra-wide exterior sole in mid-foot
Five-Ten correctly describes this shoe as: "essentially a hiking shoe on a trail running last."
I am an advanced-level day hiker / scrambler and use my shoes once or twice a week in Red Rock Canyon (winter) and the Spring Mountains (summer). I have narrow, low-volume feet and find they fit just right. (I use Green Superfeet in lieu of provided insoles.)
The shoes are comfortable, needed no break-in, and have proven very durable on the sharp limestone on the Spring Mountains. I've had mine for about six months and with 100+ miles, they are still like new. They have super traction on the sandstone in Red Rock Canyon and provide adequate support for rock scrambling — especially, given their light weight and trail runner-based design. They are not as stiff as my 5-10 Camp 4s, but not as heavy, either.
These shoes are not water-resistant, but I treated mine with Nikwax and am happy with the result. With no Gortex-type membrane, they run fairly cool — a good thing here in the desert surrounding Las Vegas.
Two minor gripes: the lacing system and the extra-wide sole in the mid-foot area. The lacing system uses small alloy cylinders as lace guides (in lieu of traditional grommets) and these make tightening a bit of a challenge due to the friction. But, once tight, they stay tight.
The wide outsole is probably designed to fight pronation — remember, these are semi-trail running shoes — but when scrambling, it interferes with edging by creating too much offset from the rock.
All and all, these are my "go to" hiking shoes this year.