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Five Ten Exum Guide

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Five Ten Exum Guide approach shoe

Great boot that fills the gap between Burly Backpacking Tank and Wispy Barely there Trailrunner.


  • Great traction on all dry surfaces
  • Big boot support on light frame even with loads up to 25-35lbs
  • Lace to toe for customizable fit
  • Strap-on crampon compatible


  • Light color looks like they are more worn than they actually are
  • Not waterproof

I'm going to get this out of the way first since it's ultimately not very important. My pair is a light gray, almost white color. The first time I wore them on a hike (16 miles up Icebox Canyon in the summer so lots of dust) they looked beat all to heck. This in no way effected their performance but it looked like they were old and beat up. 

I've worn them for a little bit of everything, backpacking on the Buffalo River (35lbs load) where one shares dirt trails with horses, hiking and scrambling on Sierra granite, climbing SoCal mountains in winter. Worked really well for all of them. The soles are nice and sticky for climbing and scrambling (not sensitive enough for serious climbing or bouldering) and the tread itself is deep enough for great traction on dirt and trails.

The only thing I don't understand is that they made these boots crampon compatible but not waterproof. Kinda limits their winter use, but they were fine on my day trips. 

These boots are very comfortable, good support even with good sized overnight loads of 30-ish pounds. I've never had a problem with sweaty feet but these boots seem to breath well but also never got cold in the winter.

In winter I paired them with REI wool liner sock and Expedition weight Smartwool socks, summer I would go with Coolmax liners and lightweight wool socks. The fact that they lace down to the toes made it so that with both of these systems the boot was never too tight or loose. 

On one winter trip I put a 2" gash in the leather on this inside ankle just below the cuff, but a little duct tape fixed it right up and hasn't effected the performance in any way. 

I also own a pair of 5.10 Camp 4's and these are essentially the same shoe with more ankle support. 

Source: bought via a "pro deal"

trés bonne chaussure polyvalente a tout niveau que ce soit en rendonnée ou en via ferata. Trés confortable doté d'une exélente adérance. un trés bon priduit.

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