Review by: drkodos, 2004-02-15
I just can't get enough Five Ten. Living close to their outlet store in Redlands, CA is something I strive to take advantage of. This new(?) shoe is perfect for where I liove and climb the most, the canyons of Red Rock, Nevada. Slip lasted for flexibilty and sensitivity while smearing on varnsihed face holds, with a generous footbox that gives good purchase in small cracks as well. The padded double tongues with velcro closures make it great to ease the comfort on long belays. I'm not a big fan of the padded heel as far as technical climbing applications, but it does add some cushion on walk-offs, at the expense of making hard heel hooking a little difficult to pull-off. Like all general/all purpose shoes this one has some cons, one of them being it's edging abilty. But if one is not pushing the limits on 5.12 dime edges, it should not be an issue. C4 Rubber is still the best and a good price point and I give this shoe an overall grade of A-.