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The choice of professional guides and dirtbag climbers worldwide.

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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So freakin comfy!

So freakin comfy!

Approaches, big walls, free climbing, these shoes do it all!

2 5

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.

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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!

5 5

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

4 5

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.

5 5

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.

4 5

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.

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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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...

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.

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

Solid

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.