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If your idea of a relaxing weekend is a ten-mile approach to a thousand-foot fourth-class ridge climb, then the Five Ten Guide Tennie is definitely the approach shoe for you. This low-profile, lightweight shoe has a Stealth C4 sole–the same ultra-sticky rubber that's found on Five Ten climbing shoes. This shoe's incredible friction will make the approach slabs to Half Dome or a few pitches of 5.6 a walk in the park. Whether you're making a quick run up another North Cascades ridge climb or slacklining in Camp 4, your feet will be happy in the Guide Tennie.

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Blister climber Dave Alie weighs in.

4 5

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.

5 5

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.

1 5

Get something else...

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

Five Ten shoes are quite frankly the worst shoes I've ever owned. they wear down ridiculously fast, the seams tare, and the rubber falls apart. I have tried this company several times due to all the hype in the climbing industry, and each time have been unsatisfied with their products and customer service department. I urge anyone who actually needs their shoes to perform to go with a different brand. Five Ten's are lousy!

After having many issues with the shoes I contacted their warranty department. It took them over 3 MONTHS to get the issue fixed! I can honestly say I will NEVER again purchase from this company.

Way overpriced for a product that doesn't perform. Period.

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Did you get the canvas or leather version of the shoe?

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I've tried the leather versions only and different styles. None of them have been up to par. I recommend the Millet approach line. They last, have super sticky rubber, and awesome style. I say that because I have a pair and they are withstanding the abuse I put shoes through. Even though they are slightly stiff, they are great for slack-lining as well. Thank you.

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I don't know what expiriences you've had with the shoes over the times you've tried them. And we all abuse our gear in different ways. Do you have some photos you can share?
I say this because I own 8 pairs of FiveTen shoes, 4 climbing 2 bike and 2 approach. They are hands down the best shoes I've ever used. The one pair of Chase shoes I have worn 5 days a week for the last 3 years. Only recently did I have to replace my first pair of Anasazis after 2 solid years climbing in them. Still plenty of life in both of them.
I'm sorry that you've had a bad pair, but I do not believe you can discredit a brand as such when people like me are out there. Sorry 9 pairs I forgot about my SPD bike shoes...

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Simply put, 5.10 is not a brand name I trust. And no, I don't have photos to share because I got rid of the shoes months ago when they fell apart.

I understand loyalty to a company BY FAR, but my experiences with 5.10 are not great. I had a pair of Dragons that lasted a few sessions in Bishop, CA, last season and because they blew out so quickly, I contacted their warranty department. It took them several months to solve the problem and I eventually got new shoes because the right edge of the shoe separated itself from the rest of the shoe, but it took a really long time and they were rather hard to work with. It was a shame.

The problem is that wasn't the only time it had happened which has soiled their reputation in my eyes. Perhaps with the outright sale of the company to Adidas their customer service and products have improved, but I prefer other climbing/approach shoes to 5.10.

While Stealth rubber is sticky, it is not a composite that lasts well in my opinion. It is so soft it breaks down quickly and this is an issue they've been working with for a long time. That coupled with the fact they are one of the more expensive climbing shoes is ridiculous.

While I'm glad you have a company you appreciate in 5.10, again, they are simply not my cup of tea. They aren't sturdy and are also super expensive, not to mention my firsthand experiences with 5.10's customer service/warranty department have been awful.

Thank you!

5 5

The Guide Tennie Rocks

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

I got my nightwatch (aka purple) Guide Tennies just before Labor Day, in time for a weekend of cragging at Smith Rock. They fit my average-width (or maybe a hair wider than average) feet perfectly and the length was right on. I've used them for walking around, and for a couple of weekends of cragging. Even after walking the dusty trails, the rubber is nice and sticky on rock, providing surefootedness when I want it. Beats my former approach shoes big time and I like the stiffness and solidity compared to my running shoes. I can see why people love the Tennie and I now count myself amongst the fans.

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

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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?

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These fit about a standard D. The lacing can give you a bit more room but not a true wide. My buddy has some pretty wide Fred Flintstone feet and he has had good luck with the Scarpa Crux sized up .5 size.

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i have EE feet, these work fine.

4 5

Solid Approach Shoe

About everything you'd want from an approach shoe. Decent traction hiking, good grip on rock, enough rubber on the toe for cracks, and good adjustability. Only complaints are grip drops off pretty quickly with any moisture, and rubber durability could possibly be better. Of course, these are the trade offs when you try to make a shoe that can climb and hike well. Probably most of the market has these issues.

4 5


They stick to wet grass...

If you're looking for a shoe that runs true to size, climbs well, and packs lightly you cannot go wrong. I havent had them long enough to wear out yet but they have instantly become my go-to shoe.

4 stars because nobody is perfect.

5 5

Guide Tennie

Pretty comfortable for a shoe that climbs surprisingly well. They wear out quick if you use them for lots of hiking but that is to be expected. If you size them to hike comfortably, they probably are not quite tight enough to climb as well as is possible but pretty great! Will buy again when I blow these out.

4 5

Prob the most versatile shoes

  • Gender: Male

They can climb up to easy 5.11 (face/friction/wide cracks, do not even try to climb ringlocks/fingers in them).

They can survive many long approaches and hard descends.

They are way better any climbing shoes (including the most stiff) for doing stuff like Generator Crack.

They are comfortable when aid.

They are probably the most versatile shoes for rock climbing. Typically I grab them and supermocs for narrow cracks.

The only drawback is heel fixation. Not a World Class Problem, but could be better.

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He-he, they can climb 5.11d at Yosemite. Not every 11d for sure, but at least one.

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Joking around at crags I've climbed 5.10's in flip-flops, anyone care?

5 5

5.10 Tennies

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

These are my favorite shoes. I have had them for about a year now. They hug my feet but don't constrict them. My feet feel close to the the ground (like a good connection but not bare foot).They are fun to boulder around in and good enough to climb less technical climbs.The shoe is durable although the soles are a fairly soft compound and ware quickly but it is possible to get new sole OEM. I will buy these again...someday.

4 5

Sticky rubber and stylish

The Five Ten Guide Tennies are a great shoe for short-mid length approaches over technical terrain as well as climbing comfortably over moderate alpine rock. I've climbed up to 5.9+ comfortably in these shoes as well as wide cracks/chimneys that don't require precision footwork. These shoes perform great for smearing and crack climbing, but they lack the stiffness necessary for secure edging. I've worn through a few pairs of these quickly, both in the rubber and faux-leather upper. The Stealth rubber is a marking rubber, so don't wear them on the brand new tile floor. Also, once the dot sole wears out, the shoe looses its traction and it's time to get it resoled.

3 5

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

I love the durability of this shoe. I am very hard on shoes and these have held together great after a year. They are not that comfortable on long approaches when carrying a lot of gear.

But my biggest complain is that while they are extremely grippy when dry, they are so slick when wet. I can't count the number of times that I've slipped on a rock because the sole was wet from the ground. The sole has very small flat tread that just isn't good when wet.

If 5.10 could change that and add a comfy insert these shoes would get 5 stars.

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

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

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Hey Joshua,
Good news, they do! Sizes 5-14, 15. This is the 5-10 product page address -
Good luck

5 5

Great shoes

I love these shoes. I bought these for the grip, I do not do any serious climbing, but they have come in handy during those wet rocky hiking trips. Extremely comfortable; most people complain about comfort after longer hikes, I went hammock camping this summer and did 25 miles in a day with these and felt no discomfort. Keep in mind that was a 15 pound pack, I wouldn't suggest these for any load over 20-25 pounds. Otherwise great shoe

2 5

Poor construction!

I have had two pairs of these shoes and I really like them, but both pairs wore through just behind the toecap before 6 months and it is too much money for them to only last 6 months.

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These shoes are incredibly durable, and they are meant to hold up after several resoles. I have a friend who has resoled his Guides himself five times. He still uses them very often.

4 5

Tight and Narrow, Super Grippy

These are tight and narrow, but come to think of it, aren't all approach shoes tight and narrow? At least all the ones I've tried on are. Just a heads up these have the round dots on the sole (I only bring that up because I know some people that don't like that style tread), but like all Five Ten's they are super grippy!

5 5

Narrow and Grippy!

The shoes are a little narrow and tight, but I guess that is how approach shoes are supposed to be right? As expected the 5.10 Stealth C4 rubber is grippier than any other rubber out there in my opinion. I Love Five Ten! :)

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