First off... I am a newbie climber. I got my first climbing gym membership 3 months ago, and so I speak from extremely limited experience. With that said, I have been running at this new hobby full-stride, and am learning as fast as I can.
I personally began my climbing with a pair of 5.10 Projects (for bouldering) and a pair of 5.10 Prisms (for top roping in the gym). Both have been great, and having these two very distinct styles of shoes have helped me discover the differences each can make on the wall.
All that said... my girlfriend decided to take up a climbing hobby as well, and went with the Coyotes, since they are by and far the most recommended shoes for newbies. She sized them down slightly (but not way too much), and they have performed excellently... they are a great introduction to the climbing shoe universe.. not too aggressive, good, thick rubber, comfy leather uppers, and full-length lacing. That and they dye your feet a beautiful shade of red after every session.
So, if you are looking to get into climbing and don't want something too aggressive or expensive, go with these! Or, if you want something with a bit more to try, I went with the Prisms, which I would describe as a Coyote with synthetic uppers, a big lip for outside edging, and a pointed toe. Either way, you can't go wrong.
I have had these for almost two weeks now, and I love them. during my first few bouldering sessions I could only have them on for about 20 minutes at a time because it felt like my toes were so smashed (despite ordering one full size ABOVE my street size). But now, after wearing them for 5 or 6 sessions at the climbing gym (probably bouldered about 15 routes, used them on the big wall 9 or 10 times), they are almost completely conformed to my feet. I can wear these for hours at a time now, and switch between these as my new Prisms on the big wall.
One concern I had when purchasing these was that they would be almost TOO sensitive... I am newbie climber, and everyone else seems to think that these are for hardcore climbers who have been at it for years. Well, I disagree. Using these right off the bat as I get into climbing has quickly taught me what works and what doesn't, how foot placement should work, and where exactly the holds are when I am not looking down. In short, they have helped improve my climbing, not been an obstacle. GET THEM! But order up... I am 9 1/2 street, and had to get these in 10 1/2.
Just got these in the mail today... haven't climbed in them yet, but I am excited to get on the wall and see how this "patented technology" works.
Some out of the box observations: Check out my long and completely unnecessary review under the 5.10 Project shoe. Basically, I am completely confused by 5.10's sizing. However, for these, you could probably stick with your street size (as opposed to the 5.10 Project, in which I had to order 2 full sizes larger, a 10 1/2). I wear a 9 - 9 1/2 street, and ordered the Prisms in 9 1/2 on a whim off TheClymb. They fit snugly, and I can really only wear them for about 20 minutes at a time right out of the box, but I am expecting some light stretching (these are, however, synthetic uppers.. so I'm not expecting a full size stretch).
Other observations: The uppers on these feel amazing on my feet! They are sort of an almost suede softness, and literally hug the upper half of my feet like a glove. I am really liking the feel so far. Also, I am excited to try out that nasty pointed toe (kind of hard to see in the pictures, but the toes come to a nice point in front of your big toe).
All in all, I am psyched to try these out. I will try to update my review as I go along!
Just received these in the mail yesterday. My buddy has had these for a few months and loves them (though he says they can get a bit painful on long big wall routes). I have used them for one session at the climbing gym, both bouldering and big wall. Thus far, I am enjoying them.
A little about sizing: I haven't quite figured out 5.10's sizing regulations... allow me to elaborate. My buddy owns a year old pair of 5.10 Piton's, size 8 1/2. They are broken in, and fit me perfectly. My street size is usually 9 - 9 1/2. My buddy's pair of Project's fit only slightly more snug than his Piton's... only the Projects are size 10 1/2. So I went ahead and ordered a 10 1/2 for my pair, which will fit perfectly after a couple weeks, I am thinking. To further complicate things, I also just purchased a pair of 5.10 Prisms, size 9 1/2...which happen to fit almost exactly as snugly as my new Projects in size 10 1/2 and as my buddies broken-in Pitons.
Anyways, I don't have much time on them yet, but loving them so far!
Food for thought!
I like those a lot. fo sho
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