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Five Ten Guide Tennie Approach Shoe - Men's

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    Love/hate

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 8.5

    My absolute favorite pair of climbing shoes are Five Ten Blackwings. I wear a 10.0 in them, and that's a very tight, bouldering fit. They're insanely durable, although they took quite a bit of breaking in.

    The tennies are... the opposite? I'm an 8.5 (!!) and probably could still go down a half size, they're comfortable as all hell but they have more or less disintegrated in the ~40 days I've worn them. They were AWESOME on true 4th class climbing (South ridge of Superior here in the Wasatch) and they're confidence inspiring in terms of grip. I guess if I did a lot of leading 5.easy trad routes these would see more use.

    Sizing is bizarre - even compared to other Five Ten products - and they aren't super durable. But otherwise they're awesome. I'd like to keep a pair in the shoe quiver for 4th class / easy 5th class stuff... but for the price it's a tough sell.

    Edit: I have the leather, not the canvas.

    RUNS LARGE

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

    This is the first size 10 shoe or boot that was too big for me. Definitely runs large. I think Five-Ten and or Backcountry should make this more evident. Of course they didn't have it in a half size smaller so I had to look elsewhere.

    Runs large

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs large

    Bought it for my boyfriend for christmas because I've heard awesome things about them. Got them in his street shoe size but they seemed maybe a half size too big. Have to return them but there are no more in a smaller size. Bummer

    First Impressions

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large

    They say first impressions are important. (My way of telling myself my review is worth something.)



    Anyways, picked these up because I was tired of falling on my butt on descent trails and freaking out on exposed slabs. I was a little skeptical about approach shoes going into this purchase and thought they might be just a clever marketing tactic to sell more stuff to people with too much money.



    I grabbed a pair size 12 (I am normally size 12.5 running shoe) and they fit pretty good. I have narrow feet and getting them tight enough requires a lot of cinching. Right out of the box they feel super comfortable and fit with a little room in the toe box like my normal street or hiking shoes. I think I would prefer them a half size smaller though for aid climbing.



    I took them out to Yosemite last weekend to give them a try and I was blown away with how well they climbed! They stick to granite almost too well. We had to hike a descent through a really loose and steep gully and not once did I slip or have to worry about my feet!



    I really like the design of this shoe and even though it is still new to me and I don't have much to compare to, I can vouch for every other review that these shoes climb really well!



    Sizing can differ a little based on what you want out of it. A little smaller if you want a good aiding shoe or a better climbing shoe. A little bigger if you want a shoe good for more hiking than climbing. Also if you have narrow feet like me and don't mind less room in the toe box, dropping a half size might help.



    Overall I am really happy with these shoes and looking forward to many trips of not falling on my butt or freaking out on those exposed slabs.

    First Impressions

    A redesigned classic

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

    Fiveten has redesigned the classic tennie. It now sports a more supportive heel, and instead of classic dot rubber they now have stealth rubber soles with an edging section on the big toe. Still a classic in my opion!

    Yosemite's Shoe

    Everyone and their mother wear Five Ten shoes in the Valley, and for good reason! Nothing sticks like STEALTH, gives great protection, and takes the abuse from the outdoor world like these shoes!



    Left to Right- Aescent- Guide Tennie- Guide Tennie Mid GTX.. chillin at the base of Generator Crack- Yosemite Valley

    Yosemite's Shoe

    Everything Shoe!

    Landon practicing his aid game. Guide Tennie's work great for several reasons:

    -Their stiff soles make standing in ladders all day much easier on the feet.

    -The super sticky STEALTH rubber and edging power give more confidence to you when making those 5.8 mandatory free moves.

    -Lightweight, saving you the burden from clunkers attached to your harness.

    Everything Shoe!

    Guide Tennie

    Stealth rubber making tracks on Red Rock sandstone... definitely the favorite among friends!



    I noticed there wasn't a Tech Specs listed, so here are some product specs off FiveTen.com



    Upper Material: Nubuck Leather

    Closure: Laces

    Last: ErgoNomic

    Midsole: Compression-molded EVA

    Sole: STEALTH C4 rubber

    Weight: (size 9) 14.43oz- 407g each, but Caribbean/Grey is slightly heaver at 15.9oz- 450g

    Recommended Use: Climbing, Hiking.

    Guide Tennie

    great but don't last

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 10.5

    These shoes are great and stick to any approach you can imagine, but I've only had mine for 5 months and the soles are de-laminating. I only use them when I go climbing so I cannot figure out why the rubber is falling apart so fast. Overall great for involved approaches, but not built for long at all.

    Awesome

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I haven't pushed the Tennies to their limit on 5th class approaches yet but they definitely feel like they can handle it. Great grip, comfortable and stiff enough to confidently edge on, without compromising in-town walk-ability. Very true to size.

    Squeaks when I walk!

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



    Well, they only squeak on clean floors. Fits comfortable, true to size, in the sense they are comparable to other manufacture's sizes. Used on the trail, around the house, and on city streets. I was a bit disappointed when the shoe slipped, and I was expecting more "bite" on a rock. If you concentrate on foot placement, no problem. But if you're casually about foot placement on the rock, they will slip. A lot more than expected for

    the sticky soles they advertised. My biggest complaint is they lasted only 3 months before the rand started to come apart. Shoes should last much longer and not require the customer to glue the shoe. I believe, if you flex the shoe a lot, like on approaches, the rand will delaminate. Even not wearing the shoe you see the delamination in process. Majorly disappointed.

    5.10 should add a tube of glue to each box.



    I'm sorry Gary, maybe I haven't walked on enough clean floors, city streets or houses to know, but I have no problem with these 5.10s being overly squeaky. The C4 rubber is so bomber on these kicks also, I've led Nutcracker and other easy Yosemite routes with these. They do more then I could've asked for. Seriously man, I feel bad they haven't worked out for ya!

    Level IIIA tactical body armor for feet

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

    I've tried about every approach shoe out there. La Sportiva, 5.10, evolv, salewa. I have to give these my personal endorsement as they are tough turdkickers that will see you through just about anything you can throw at them.



    All machismo aside, these puppies are comfy, supportive, and nurturing. Did your girlfriend just dump you for a backcountry ski nut? Don't worry, the 5.10 Guide Tennie is there for you with a pint of Haagen Daz and a 13 going on 30 blu-ray.



    In terms of climbing performance, the rubber is great and puts up with a lot of abuse. Edging is great, and the nylon armored exterior lets you jam these things into cracks with reckless abandon. Smearing is pretty darn good. The evolv cruzers do it better, but only slightly. You'll be keeping these on for the first three 5.8 pitches before you get to the good stuff.



    Durability is excellent. I might even resole these, if that's actually a thing.



    I've had durability issues with the with my shoelaces sawing through the suede 'eyelets' on my La Spo Boulder X. Every pair of Evolv cruzers I own boasts two ragged holes on either side of the toe, even the venerable Scarpa helix can't even eat at the same table as this glorious pair of rockhoppers.



    The insole is very, very cozy, so if your approach involves carrying a 90lb piggie on your back, this is the way to go. The boulder X is pretty supportive for heavy portage, but the salewa and evolv offerings will leave you with sore feet and fallen arches.



    The only downside I can think of is that they aren't very breathable. While my feet normally smell like a field of daisies, a July weekend in Joshua Tree funks them up enough to make an onion cry.



    Don't let these things get soaked through. The insole expands and never fits quite the same afterwards. You can't skinny dip with shoes on anyhow.



    10 split-tip thumbs up. My absolute favorite approach shoes

    Runs small, & Rubbers

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    Got these kicks to travel around the boulders of Europe, and thought they could be diverse to be in the boulders, and ascent simple pitches in the Backcountry (Alps: if you can consider that backcountry) seem to fit small for the size.



    I had the guides before they were revamped (they look a lot better if that counts for anything), but the rubber might be more durable for the everyday, but they aren't like rock shoes on rock. Wish I felt confident like the last pair jumping through bloc's.

    On my fifth pair.

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

    These shoes inspire confidence on sandstone. Yes I go through a pair about once a year as the soft rubber does wear out, but that's just the trade off of having the stickiest rubber out there. I pick the guide tennie canvas as my choice. I go through a lot of water and the canvas version seems to handle the water aspect much better than the leather ones. My leather ones shrunk and cracked. The Canvas ones seem to just keep on going. There isn't much support in these but they are light and nimble. I have yet to see another shoe match stealth rubber on five tens. I have tried La Sportiva's Explorers, Addidas Hydropros, Addidas terrex (stealth as well), and Salawa's Fire Trails. None compare.

    so far so good

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    My first real approach shoes. I have pretty much used trail runners or climbing shoes for most of my ascents but some recent trips required something in between and I picked these up. Good grip so far. Toe box is pretty damn big(tall)which always blows my mind. Since it is an approach shoe you would think the toe would be a little more pointed to jam into small foot holds. that being said because the toe is pretty tall and blunt they do edge well. I've taken these on some wet slabs in the past week or two and surprised how good they gripped. Seem to run a little big, if I was going to do it all again I would order a half size down.

    Super Comfy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    I bought these for my primary hiking shoes which includes backpacking and I am loving them they offer superior comfort to every other approach shoe I've owned, and greater traction as of late I have become a huge fan of Stealth rubber and the C4 does a great job at affirming my love for Stealth. I have yet to hike more than 15 miles in these shoes and my feet felt great the whole time. As for size I feel as though they run a tad large I'm true to size in 12 but these feel large on my feet by a quarter to a half inch. Overall these are awesome shoes and would recommend to anyone who needs a solid approach/hiking shoe.

    Still a solid approach shoe.

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

    These are a little thicker and bulkier than previous generations of Five 10 Guide Tennie. Still the same great fit and solid construction. A great shoe for hiking and easy rock climbing. I would love to have something thinner and lighter for carrying on long routes (however). PS-I run through about 1 pair/ year.

    Who has experience with different versions of the Guide Tennie?
    There seem to be about 3 versions of the Guide Tennie: (1) the older version with dot rubber all the way to the toe and a "5" on the side of the heel, (2) the newer version with a smooth "climbing zone" toe area and "5.10" on the side of the heel, and (3) a canvas version. Does anyone have experience with these versions and their differences in sizing, durability, and climbing/hiking performance?

    I haven't used the older version. However, the difference between the 2 newer versions is that the canvas model is way more breathable but less durable whereas the non-canvas tennie is not as breathable but a bit more durable. All the Guide Tennies have super sticky rubber, but as with all gear there are trade offs. Sticky rubber that provides the best traction will wear down more quickly than harder rubber soles. Some rocks/terrain will wear them down sooner than others. E.g. my boyfriend's Guide Tennies are coming with us to Squamish, where I know that scrambling on granite will be much rougher on the shoes than our local limestone or hiking.



    Hit me up directly if you have any more questions!

    Can you mountain bike in this shoe? They seem to be a good all around outdoor shoe.

    Hey,

    you could do that however as it is a nice stiff shoe so you will have good transfer to the pedal. My hesitation would be the toe has a large smooth surface for smearing on rock that might be relatively slick on a flat pedal. If you are interested in trying a pair I would be happy to set up an order with a free return label, and if they don't work we can get you into a better shoe. Hit me up at the info below if you have other questions or would like to get an order going.

    Dan Gates

    Expert Gearhead

    Office: 800-409-4502 ext. 4491

    dgates@backcountry.com

    I wear an 11.5 in my Brooks Cascadias. Should I go with an 11.5 in FiveTen?



    Also. Is the juice worth the squeeze? $130 is steep, pun intended.

    I went out on a limb and ordered an 11 in the Guide Tennie Mid and they fit perfectly. Been using the heck outta these bad boys for the last few months and the juice is definitely worth the squeeze. Handles up to 5.7 without any issue. Personally I didn't feel comfortable pushing them past that. Also, I'll just say that when the rock is wet, nothing sticks.

    if i were to wear this shoe as a everyday shoe would it be uncomfortable?

    Hey Kyle! No these shoes are made to be worn till they're dust. Friends and me wear the Tennies EVERY DAY here in Yosemite Valley. Where you can bike to the El Cap meadow for a pick nick and awesome view, then decide to scramble up the East Ledges or hop on the Big Wall! But like Angus stated, the sticky Stealth Rubber soles are created and designed for rock scrambling or a heinous approach. Life on city streets might cause premature wear, but they're really bomber shoes!

    Hey Kyle! No these shoes are made to be worn till they're dust. Friends and me wear the Tennies EVERY DAY here in Yosemite Valley.  Where you can bike to the El Cap meadow for a pick nick and awesome view, then decide to scramble up the East Ledges or hop on the Big Wall! But like Angus stated, the sticky Stealth Rubber soles are created and designed for rock scrambling or a heinous approach. Life on city streets might cause premature wear, but they're really bomber shoes!

    Will these fit wider feet? My feet are...

    Will these fit wider feet? My feet are pretty damn wide compared to most so I'm looking to stay away from sportiva which general is more narrow. anybody know how well these might fit?

    I'm a teenager with a size five foot. Does...

    I'm a teenager with a size five foot. Does 5-10 make these in my size. I'm dying to get a pair.

    I had a pair of Guide Almighties a few...

    I had a pair of Guide Almighties a few years ago, i liked the shoe but the sole really marked up the floor. They would leave scuff marks and if wet, a black residue. Any idea of this is still the case? These had the c4 sole as well.

    I've had no problems with these Five ten Guide approach shoes marking up the floors. I've had mine for a year or two, can't remember. I bought them when they were in their 2nd iteration. I love them for basic climbing, but also as a work shoe. I'm a project manager and go up on pitched roofs, climb trees, and climb multistage scaffolding to inspect, direct, etc in my work world, and these are just awesome. At home I have white Travertine marble flooring in the entries & exits, and the kitchen and bathrooms, and light oak flooring in my office. The house also has pale gray carpet, and I have never had a bit of problem with marks on any of the floor coverings.