User Review: Five Ten Guide Almighty
Break-in Period: 1 month
Price Paid: $79
These are, by far, the worst boots I have ever bought. I purchased these a few months before travelling to Wyoming to climb the Grand Teton last year. The shoes were extremely comfortable out of the box, and the stealth soles gripped very well during a break-in climb.
Unfortunately, during the approach to the Grand, both heels started to separate from the shoe. Within about six hours, the left sole had separated to the middle of the shoe and was just flopping around. While boulder hopping, I landed and the heel slid out to the side, causing me to fall and sprain my knee.
We made it to the camp near the Lower Saddle, but our trip was over. The guides from Jackson Hole Mountain Guides tried to duct tape the shoe together, but it was still unstable and now, very slippery due to the tape covering the sole.
These shoes had only been worn twice before and cost three of us a trip we had been planning for six months. The guides could not believe how quickly these shoes fell apart, although one guide said he had the very same problem a few months earlier. Everyone we met on the way down, including Exxum guides, said Five Ten should reimburse us for our trip. After many unanswered phone calls and emails, I could barley get them to reimburse me for the shoes, even though they had admitted that there were defects in early runs of the shoes.
I will never buy Five Ten shoes again. I understand that there are probably many stories of people who haven't had problems with their Guide Almighties, but I have never had shoes that became so useless (and dangerous!) so fast, and their customer service was horrible.