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Sticky rubber and stylish

The Five Ten Guide Tennies are a great shoe for short-mid length approaches over technical terrain as well as climbing comfortably over moderate alpine rock. I've climbed up to 5.9+ comfortably in these shoes as well as wide cracks/chimneys that don't require precision footwork. These shoes perform great for smearing and crack climbing, but they lack the stiffness necessary for secure edging. I've worn through a few pairs of these quickly, both in the rubber and faux-leather upper. The Stealth rubber is a marking rubber, so don't wear them on the brand new tile floor. Also, once the dot sole wears out, the shoe looses its traction and it's time to get it resoled.