Five Ten Guide Tennie
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100
Best shoes for canyon hikers and canyoneering!
- Super sticky sole (even when wet)
- Leather uppers
- Lace up for adjusting
- Poor arch support
On my fourth pair, I never consider going into a canyon without them. I do admit they have poor arch support out of the box, but this can be fixed with inserts of your choice. I prefer Superfeet.
I've used them for scrambling, bouldering, canyoneering, lightweight hiking into an approach, although I suggest no pack loads over 15 lbs. I also recommend wearing lightweight socks, or even none, when canyon hiking as your feet tend to swell.
There are two drawbacks to the shoe.
- Poor arch support
- The uppers, for me, always tear on my left foot after 9 months. But I mostly hike over volcanic and limestone rock type, which is very coarse. The uppers are pretty durable, some of my friends only have to replace the soles, something that Five 10 offers for $30.
I honestly don't care about heating issues or ankle support—these shoes are great for me. I use them because the type of hiking I do can be dangerous and when I have these on, I feel safe and secure, even when the shoe is wet.
When I first purchased this shoe I thought it might be a bit stiff in the sole, but it has loosened up beautifully: not too soft/sloppy, not too stiff. I also had some doubts about its performance on loose slopes and leaf cover, but they have performed admirably off-trail.
I recently did two days in the Organ Mountains in NM, and was quite impressed. They not only perform, but are comfortable.
I do have some questions about the durability of the uppers — I noticed a small nick/peeling of them yesterday. That said I have taken them through some extremely abrasive rocky slopes.
All-in-all a fantastic performing/fitting shoe for me.
Price Paid: too much
I must admit, I fell for the sales pitch on these shoes. It sounded nice - technical. The shoes looked attractive too...but after a few hikes, two in fact, they don't look so good now. These are some things you need to know:
If this shoe gets wet, the sole begins to fall of...after spending $95 on these shoes I am sick of having to glue them back together. I wanted these shoes to last a reasonable time - not less than a week.
The rubber is sooo sticky, every thing sticks to it. You end up sliding every where.
Even if you don't have wads of muck caked to this shoe, the rubber does not grip at all well on wet stone surfaces.
The leather is of such a poor quality that it begins to tear around the rubber toe cap....I think it would have been stronger if they used paper.
I just don't get it...why market a shoe for a particular terrain but give it such a piss poor manufacture. The shoe comes is made in China and the sole is stuck on in America I think. as far as I am concerned both suck, shoe included!!
Price Paid: 90 euros
Son zapatillas extraordinarias en muchos sentidos pero.... muchos peros...
- Se rompen todos siempre por los laterales al mínimo roce... y quedan feos e inservibles.
Deberían tener refuerzos de goma en los laterales y serían más duraderos e impermeables.
- Se despega la goma de la punta y del talón con facilidad
- Deberían ser un poquito más rígidos en la punta-
- La goma de la punta debería ser de mayor grosor porque se desgasta rápidamente.
- No se pueden pisar los charcos. Te mojas los pies. Esto con la goma se solucionaría.
- Son caras de cojones
Price Paid: $90
Overall I was very impressed with these shoes. I wear them as daily shoes as well as for outdoor adventures. They have taken me to Granite Peak in Montana twice. I hiked with them in the ten or so miles with a forty pound pack and ascended the peak with them. They performed great.
The only issue I've had is the sole coming apart, but it's nothing a little super glue can't fix. Xool styling plus high usability make these shoes winners in my book.
Break-in Period: short
Price Paid: $95
Great shoe. A little too nice for rugged climbing but its nice to have them on in case you feel the need to climb and you're not carrying your regular climbing shoes.
Great fit and finish although I must say that the Stealth soles are the same as Five Ten's regular climbing shoes - they leave marks so if you happen to wear them for casual wear - you need to remind yourself so you won't mark up the tile or wood flooring. A+.
Price Paid: $100
This is a great shoe. I'm on my fourth pair and I use them hard: work, climb, hike, play. Very comfortable, great fit, super sticky rubber. Sole does tend to peal off at the toe but this is easily and permanently solved by pealing it back a little further and resticking with super glue.