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You'd be hard pressed to find a seasoned rock climber who hasn't owned and loved a pair of Five Ten Anasazi VCS Climbing Shoes—just check out what Chris Sharma was wearing when he made the first ascent of Realization way back in 2001. The convenient hook-and-loop straps, moderate profile shape, and edge-loving Stealth C4 outsoles are only a few of the reasons that these Anasazis are the world's best selling performance climbing shoes—ever.

  • Durable Cowdura uppers provide next-to-skin comfort and a glove-like fit
  • Dual hook-and-loop straps provide a secure closure and make for easy on and off
  • Moderate profile shape allows the shoes to perform on everything from steep boulder problems to slabby test pieces
  • Medium stiff Anasazi midsoles provide powerful edging performance with good sensitivity
  • Stealth C4 rubber is formulated for high friction and precision edging
  • Padded tongues work with the hook-and-loop straps to enhance comfort

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4 5

Sizing has changed for the Anasazi

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large

Well I bought a new pair, same size 10 that my last 2 pairs have been.
The shoe is roomier in the toe box and puts little tension on the heel. Which I'm not a fan of.
So even though I'm tightening the shoe to the point I can almost step on the velcro, I can pull the shoe off by the heel.

So be warned if you're buying your "old trusty anasazi" You will need to try on the new ones and either downsize a half or get the LV version.
For reference, I wear FiveTen bike shoes in a 10.5, the Chase in 11. The Arrowhead in 10.5. Anasazi VCS (old version) size 10.
Sportiva Mythos 42, sportiva, scarpa approach shoes in 43.5.

Not stoked that I couldn't find any information about this and ended up buying a new pair. (online, so yes its my own fault)
So off to the big city to try on some shoes!!!

I was researching online the differences...

I was researching online the differences between the Anasazi Blues and the Anasazi Tans, and I read that aside from the difference in sole rubbers (C4 vs OnyXX), the Blues may actually have less tension coming from the heel rand. This less tension plus the softer C4 rubber may actually make the Blues feel slightly softer, more relaxed, and not as aggressive as the Tans. Anyone owning or trying both colors able to verify this?

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From what I've heard, Fiveten changed the fit of the shoe. I could be wrong but it sounds like they both fit the same but use a different rubber.
I've had 3 pairs of the Anasazi and the new ones do not fit, the heel pulls off without the extra tension. The dredges of online shopping.

5 5

I do get the hype!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I own these shoes in two sizes, comfortable for all day mileage, and tight for those try-hard routes. I've got to say that with the C4 rubber, they are excellent, versatile shoe that excels at smearing, jamming, and even standing on tiny edges (if sized correctly). They didn't inspire as much confidence on micro edges as a stiffer shoe might, such as the La Sportiva Miura VCS, or the 5.10 Anasazi Verde, but those shoes are known for their edging prowess.

Ultimately, if these fit your feet, you've just got to think about if you want onyxx or stealth rubber, and make sure to size them right. Oh, and your street shoes size should be a good place to start when trying these on, don't downsize as much as other brands...

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Have you climbed in the Tans with the OnyXX rubber? If so, how would you compare the two?

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I haven't climbed in the tans but have also heard the tension is greater in the tans leading to a more aggressive shoe.

2 5

I don't get the hype!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Maybe I am just anti-synthetic, but I really did not like these shoes. The biggest issue I had with these shoes was that the cowdura does not breathe at all. Your feet have a tenancy to get extremely sweaty causing slipping between the foot and toebox of the shoe. I never felt stable in these shoes and would constantly lose my footing! As far as comfort, well I climbed 12 pitches in the wind rivers in these shoes and never took them off once the entire day... They are very comfy!!! IMO, leather shoes are much more responsive since they can form to your foot. I replaced these shoes with a pair of katanas, which are equally comfortable and fairly similar in shape (aggressiveness), but are much more responsive, sensitive, and stable! I like the katanas much better!

The purple anasazi vcs climbing shoes do...

The purple anasazi vcs climbing shoes do not use the stealth onyx but use the stealth c4 the tan anasazi however still use the stealth onyxx rubber.

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That is correct these use teh Stealth C4 not the Onyx. The tan ones do use Onyxx. I will go ahead and get our copy updated.