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More bang for your buck.

When the folks at Five Ten designed the Coyote VCS Climbing Shoe, they didn't let their commitment to quality falter just because of a low price tag. Beginners and veterans alike can rejoice in the stickiness of the shoe's Stealth C4 rubber as well as the convenient dual hook-and-loop closure, which offers a glove-like fit.
  • Dual hook-and-loop straps let you in and out fast
  • Ultra-sticky Stealth C4 rubber for serious friction
  • Lined canvas uppers keep stretch to a minimum

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I wear a street size 9. what size would i...

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I wear a street size 9. what size would i need for this shoe to get the best grip but not hurt to much?

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From what other reviews have said it sounds like it would be best to size down a half to whole size,8.5 or 8. The smaller it is the more control that you have, but it also might be a bit tight. I would suggest maybe the 8.5 for you, and remember that it will take a little bit of time and use to stretch them out so they are comfy - they will most likely be a bit tight when you first get them.

3 5

Definitely stretch.

I like these shoes, but man did they open up in volume. I read reviews and got them in street shoe size. Worked awesome for a few weeks but gave up space after about 100 pitches. When wearing barefoot, my feet (of course lubricated with sweat) started slipping and sliding around. Not a very comforting feeling when about 15 feet above the last bolt! I've started wearing socks with them now, something I couldn't have done when I first got them. My last trip I even wore my thick hiking socks and they were, well, comfortable. Not necessarily a good thing in climbing shoes.

Edging, plain sucks. I had to creat an edge with a file in order to get onto any micro footing, and still, it's pretty sketchy. It could just be that my shoes are too big, but still, I just don't trust mini footholds in these.

Over all, I would highly recommend these to a beginner. The price is hard to beat, the rubber rules (5.10 C4) and they are damn comfortable... That is unless you're standing in the Arizona sun, like I frequently do. I would definitely get them a half to full size smaller. By the time you wear through these, you'll understand what kind of climbing you're into and will be able to pick a new shoe accordingly (aggressively down turned, all around, crack). If you do know what you want, read reviews and spend the extra $50 to get a shoe that works on whatever terrain you're looking at.

5 5

Lace-Up Great for Friction, Are VCS's?

It's time to replace my Coyote Lace=Ups, I use for Friction/Slab/Gym...I wear 10'5 street shoes, But bought Coyotes new comfy size 11 and now they streched 1/2 to 1 size easy...so got toe space...I'm looking to replace with another great friction shoe, probably the same one or maybe Coyotes Lace-Ups... any differences if fit width, sizing( i have wider feet), preformance or comfort, for Friction climbing and some Gym or Slab??? Is the a Better shoe for this use like 5.10 moccasins,mad rock flash, la sportiva naga or others??? 5 stars are for Coyote Lace-Ups, haven't tried VCS yet, Let me know? Thanks

5 5

Great shoes

  • Gender: Male

After a few weeks of breaking these shoes im am way stoked on the comfort and control. I went down one size. Great overall shoe

2 5

Not impressed

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have long (size 15), narrow, low-volume feet. I've noticed edging is more of an issue with these shoes than others I've owned. I also feel like the rubber is maybe not as grippy as it could be. I've had a couple of slips in the gym that surprised me. But, I've only been climbing in them for a few weeks now and outside they seemed to perform fine. They're not as comfortable as my Evolv Defy's and I don't really seem to get any better performance out of them, although they are stiffer. A decent shoe, but gonna have to climb in them a bit longer before I have a definitive opinion on them. The nice thing is they're one of the few shoes that I could find in size 14 online. I put a hole in my other shoes the weekend before a big climbing trip. Ordered them on BC and had them 2 days later! As usual, BC gets props for that.

Edit: I was not impressed with them initially and they blew out in less than 3 months of climbing. So not very durable

Not impressed
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Erik, I been climbing Friction Climbing for over 20 year...I started in old Boreals, then bought a pair of Coyote...I've climbed in different shoes, but on Friction/Smearing Nothing tops 5.10 C4 Stealth Rubber!!! It sticks better the more you use them, slicker when new...but it my go to shoe for friction...It sound like you have a few problems, 1 long narrow feet...I have the Coyote Lace ups, might be a bite narrower which will help you with toe and other model Newton, Spire...But 5.10 runs a little wider in shoe box, than other brands like La Sportivia, Evlo, and I think Mad Rock is a bit skinnier! 2 Coyotes are designed more for friction,slab, smearing...not so much for Edging, too flexable, but should preform pretty well in easy-med gym climbs! 3 Looks like your not smearing your foot holds...use less of the very tip of toe and more on the bottom, you want to get as much botton sole rubber on your foot gripwither sides of shoe or tip! the front top shoe edge is not for support, step on foot grip with none of the front/side top of shoe, use the Bottom Front/Edges...sometimes you might even have front/side of shoe bend up to get the best Smear on foot hold, too get the Most Rubber on that placement...good luck...try using bottom to grip/smear foot placement!!! Wish you good Climbing!!!P.S. you might want a stiffer shoe if you only in gym?

Exactly how much stretch have others...

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Exactly how much stretch have others experienced? lined shoes are said to stretch 1/3 a size, accurate?

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These stretched 1/2 a size about, maybe a little more.

4 5

Run Small

I have two other pair of lace-up 5-10's, and 9.5/42.5 fits perfect, but these run at least 1/2 size too small, say bye bye to 6.95 return shipping...

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Yep, I lost my shipping on this too, and also have two other pairs of the same size, so I thought it was no problem, You are being too generous on the 1/2 size, it was at least a full size difference.

4 5

Great bang for the buck

These are far superior to most climbing shoes in the price range.
I've climbed in them before in the gym a few times when I forgot my shoes, and I was amazed at how well they stick. Great beginner shoe, especially if you're interested in bouldering. Plus, velcro is awesome.

Also, these shoes are magic. I'm not really sure how, but my friend has been climbing in a pair for about six months, and they still smell like they just came out of the box. Some sort of witch craft is clearly involved.

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Anyone else experiencing trouble with "extraordinary shoe odor" on these? I've have several pairs of five tens, and some evolvs, and this pair stinks after about 3 months use in a way that none of my other shoes (climbing or otherwise) have done.