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The one and the only.
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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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...
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!
Five Ten Anasazi VCS Climbing Shoe
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.
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.