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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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Yosemite's Shoe

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

Everything 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.

Guide Tennie

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

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.

3 5

great but don't last

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 180 lbs
    Size Purchased: 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.

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

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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

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.

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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?

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I don't think they'd be uncomfortable, but they'd probably wear out pretty quickly. The softer, stickier rubber that goes on approach shoes tends to be less durable than the sole of a dedicated street shoe.

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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!
5 5


  • 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.

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!

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Sounds like you have had some bad luck with shoes man. I just saw your other one star review on the la sportiva bolder. I hope you have found a pair of shoes that are working out man.

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Millet makes the best rugged approach shoe in my opinion and I've owned several pairs now. Have never been disappointed with their shoes thus far.

I'm currently in the Mens Evolv approach and they too are amazing. Really nice to attach to the harness for descents after multi-pitch routes.

5.10 simply isn't a company I like. You would think that being owned by Adidas they would step up their game. They definitely have the money to deck their shoes out, however that isn't the case.

I normally love Sportiva's climbing shoes, but their approach simply fell short. I've heard their hiking boots are way overpriced and fall apart as well, so it appears you're paying for the Italian name rather than a solid product when it comes to shoes outside the climbing spectrum.

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.