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.
Great shoe for scrambling to the climbing rocks. Comfortable…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $20
Great shoe for scrambling to the climbing rocks. Comfortable with a wide outsole for stability.
I use the shoe to hike to the rocks where I top rope climb. There are a lot of boulders and treacherous steep areas that are slick, cambered, and edged that I must hike through to get to the climbing areas. The shoe had good traction and a wide platform that makes it very stable for the cambered and edged areas.
They also double as a low hiking shoe that is lightweight but capable of handling a 20 lb. backpack.
I disagree with the reviewer in that I had no problem with the lacing.
I got these for $20 at Five Ten's outlet store in Redlands. What a bargain for such a fantastic shoe.