They look their best when you're looking out over Pierre's Hole from 13,770 feet above sea level.
- Water-resistant uppers help keep your feet dry if you get caught in a sudden rain storm
- Built up heel rand protects the back of your foot
- Compatible with strap-on crampons for light and fast summit attempts
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What's up with the laces
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Though it's a solid shoe with a great build and a great feel, there are downfalls. Perhaps it was just my bad luck, but the metal lace liners in the individual lace-holes began to fall out, leaving the laces a shredded mess after a little while. I also found that the fit doesn't really allow me to tighten the toe-box enough, but again, maybe just an issue with the laces. Overall, I would love the shoe if the laces were fixed.
Go-To Boot for Grand Canyon Off-Trail
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been using the Exum Guide exclusively for the past three years, all off-trail, nearly all within Grand Canyon National Park. These have the same sole as the Five Ten Canyoneers that I use for canyoneering outings, and the grip really increases my confidence on wet limestone slabs as well as anything else I've encountered. I use a custom orthotic beneath the insubstantial included insoles, which works great for me.
The soles are not very stiff and this will bother some people, but I find it helpful to be able to "feel" the surfaces I'm walking or scrambling on. You definitely do need to pay attention to where you place your feet, though; these are not going to provide as much protection as a stiff Vibram sole boot with thick leather upper (what I previously used). But these are so much lighter and the grip so much better.
They aren't at all waterproof so just plan on getting your feet wet if you are hiking in the rain or through streams.
Perfect for scrambling in dry climate
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I have used a pair of Exums for a couple of years in the Californian Sierras.Together with superfeet insoles they make for very comfortable foot wear.
Bottom line: These are perfect shoes for multi-day trail hiking and scrambling in dry climates. They fit great and the soles have they best grip I have experienced so far. Highly recommended.
Use: The shoes were used for trail hiking and scrambling. They perform well for multi-day hiking trips on trails. The limit for the shoes seems to be off-trail hiking in rough terrain with a 30+ lbs pack. I recently did a multi-day backcountry trip in the Sonora Pass area and the shoes were a little too soft for a day long traverse over a ridge with volcanic debris. The shoes are little water resistant and I recommend use in dry climates.
Wear and tear: After multi-year use the soles are wearing down, but still grip very well. The rubber sole starts to delaminate in one spot. The inner linings of both heels have worn through, but that has not bothered me so far. The stitching is holding up well.
Five 10 Exum Guide is a Great Shoe but...
The 5.10 is one of the best shoes for climbing rugged rocky peaks I have ever owned. On dry rock I feel like a mountian goat. The shoes are difficult for me to put on due to my high instep and full volume foot, but once they are on they are incredibly comfortable. I use Super Feet to replace the okay but less than supportive insoles that coe with the shoe.
These shoes are like racing tires, they wear out after two seasons, but oh what a ride. My biggest complaint is the stiching. The stiching seems to start falling apart very quickly and the rubber rands start separating quickly as well. Still I climb 3 out of four weekends during the summer and fall and I love this shoe.
These are great boots that exceeded my expectations in just about every category but one. First the praise, these boots acquire a custom fit after a few adjustments. The boot has a snug fit that is very adjustable due to the lacing system. Once you find that right fit the laces will hold it for you in between wears. Three years later and many long slogs and a bunch of bagged 14ers the soles have held up pretty well. The rubber is sticky as all heck! The heel cup makes it damn near impossible to fully roll an ankle. One major complaint is the lack of a waterproof insert. It doesn't take much for this boot to soak through. This has deterred me from bringing these boots along for some hikes and approaches, if weather is questionable or a lot of snowpack is expected. The fit and rubber invokes a lot of confidence when scrambling and hiking, but without waterproofing this boot is held back. Simply put, if a waterproof insert was added to a new version of this shoe I would not hesitate to buy!