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Five Ten Anasazi VCS Climbing Shoe


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    31 Reviews


    If you only want to own one pair of climbing shoes, these are the ones.

    The Five Ten Anasazi VCS Climbing Shoe is perhaps the most adept all-around climbing shoe ever made, which is likely the reason it's also the best selling performance shoe ever made. The medium-stiff midsole combines with the stealth Onyxx rubber for lethal edging ability while the dual hook-and-loop straps make on and off an easy operation.

    • Durable Cowdura uppers provide next-to-skin comfort and a glove-like fit
    • Dual hook-and-loop straps provide a secure closure and make for easy on and off
    • Moderate profile shape allows the shoe to perform on everything from steep boulder problems to slabby test pieces
    • Medium-stiff Anasazi midsoles provide powerful edging performance with good sensitivity
    • Stealth Onyxx rubber is harder than other Stealth formulas for enhanced edging performance
    • Padded tongue works with the hook-and-loop straps to enhance comfort
    • Item #FVT2025

    Tech Specs

    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year
    Recommended Use
    bouldering, sport climbing
    Claimed Weight
    [size 9, single] 7.2 oz
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    medium stiffness
    dual hook-and-loop straps
    Upper Material

    Tech Specs

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    Super stable shoe

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

    Fantastic shoes! The rubber and toebox really let you feel secure on even the smallest chips. I bought these and sent my first 5.10 the first day I used them.

    Great shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 12

    These are my first pair of climbing shoes and I couldn't be happier. I've been hitting the climbing gym 2-3 times a week and have found these shoes to be great for a relative beginner like myself. Above all these shoes give me a confidence in the stick of my foot when trying to advance as a climber. The fit of these is great, I purchased the same size as I wear in a casual shoe, haven't had any problem with sizing at all. I had used these shoes once outside before purchasing, and since then have only been inside at the gym but will be moving outdoors shortly.

    Great all around climbing shoe

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9

    I switched to these shoes from the La Sportiva Miura and like them quite a bit more. They are durable, have great grip, and are comfortable. I use them all the time both indoors and outdoors (bouldering and sport climbing). I haven't tried any long multi-pitch routes in them yet but I certainly wouldn't hesitate to take them on a longer climb. I've had them for around a year now using them roughly once a week. I've used them on steep overhanging routes and longer slab routes and they've been great on both. Love this shoe!

    Heads up on Golden Tan vs Blue

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you're looking at the color options for the Anasazi, just a heads up that there are more differences between the Gold and Blue than just color. Golden Tan uses Onyxx, while Blue uses C4. As a result, you lose a little bit of edging power and heel tension with the Blue Anasazi, while gaining a bit more friction for smears. You can't go wrong with either.

    two thumbs up

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

    After 2 months of climbing 4-5 times a week, these shoes were well worth it. Great for edging and the magical five ten rubber makes it great on nasty smears too. I dont see these wearing out soon but when they do ill definitely buy another pair.

    The best shoe ever

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

    These are the best shoes I have ever owned! I have climbed, on a variety of rock and they have handled steep, slab, edges, pockets, cracks and more. I've climbed big walls, cragged, bouldered and this has been the most versatile shoe i have ever owned.

    I wish they would go back to the old, heel, but still love the shoe.

    Great shoe for sport, trad and boulderin

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10

    I have had several pairs of the Anasazi's and they along with my TC Pro's are my go-to shoes. The Anasazi have a great fit, hugging your feet whilst still being comfortable all day. I also love the 5.10 stealth which keeps you glued to the rock. My only complaint is that the area around the toe box tends to wear out quickly but they are still an awesome shoe that I highly recommend.

    Great Shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    Used a couple times indoors so far, stiff and edge really well. I wear a size 10.5-11, one foot is a little longer, street shoe and sized these at a 10. They are pretty comfortable out of the box, but don't feel like they will stretch much. I tried a 9.5 and couldn't get it on my foot.

    Great shoes

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

    Really like these shoes! I ended up getting them to trash in the gym but I have been using them more and more outdoors. Initially I wasn't sure how I felt about the fit as they were a little tight at first even though I got them in my street size (my other shoes are slip-on Anasazis and TC Pros so thats probably the real reason they felt tight), but they've softened up and I have been using them on thin cracks and slabs. They are also great for techy, vertical, sport routes.

    All around shoe.

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

    This shoe can do anything. Great shoe for anything from all day multi -pitch climbing to bouldering. Extremely durable thick soled shoe that lasts. The shoe does fit very true to size but it does take awhile for it to break in. When they do break in, you will love everything about this shoe for a all around moderate shoe. I have used this shoe in a lot of different environments from indoor gym climbing, slab climbing, sport and even crack climbing at Indian Creek. Best shoe I have owned.

    All around shoe.

    Gets the job done.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11

    Snagged these for an all day shoe, I am usually a fan of a slight downturn in my shoes. I sized down a full size from my street shoe. I should have just done a 1/2 size for a little more comfort but they still feel great. Gotta love that Stealth Rubber!!

    Awesome shoe

      Best all around shoe I've owned. Only bouldered up to V8s in them thus far, but handled well (even in arches). Very comfortable, could use for a multi-pitch day. Super sticky once you've loosened up the rubber. Come out of the box very stiff and slick but after a few good weeks of climbing they stick better than stealth C4 but not quite as good as stealth HF. For sizing: I wear a size 11 street shoe and the size 10 fit nicely. People have complained about the shoe smelling, but I haven't noticed anything and I climb 4-5 times a week. 10/10 would recommend for all around climbing.

      Great for edging

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 11

      I tried on a variety of shoes to replace my Le Sportiva Turantula's which got some holes after 5 months of heavy climbing.

      I wanted something a step up that would be more solid on those tiny foot holds the size of a nickel. I tried on about 12 different pairs of shoes before I landed on these ones. I wear a size 10.5 shoe and went with an 11 which is still pretty tight on me. These shoes are synthetic so they won't stretch as much as a leather shoe.

      After using them last night they were everything I hoped for - not the most comfortable in the toes (I have wide feet) but that was to be expected, especially when breaking them in.

      I would definitely recommend buying these either a half size or a full size up from your normal shoe size - But that being said, you never really know until you try them on.

      Anasazi Velcro

      A TON of my friends wear the 5.10 Anasazi VCS, they all swear by them! From what I've seen, they work fantastic on most rock type.

      Anasazi Velcro

      solid shoe good shoe

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

      This was my first pair of climbing shoes that I got as a gift from my cousin (who guides in Yosemite) so I knew they would be good. Right off the bat you can tell they're super roomy, and I need to lash down the straps all the way. I have 11 street shoes and these are a tiny bit big on me lengthwise, but I want mega tight shoes personally. They are also SOOO stinky! I get sweaty climbing and it makes the shoes so putrid no one will be near me. Otherwise they are good shoes, not super aggressive but they can handle most anything I put them through.

      Don't get the hype...

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

      I researched for a very long time trying to find a non-agressive shoe for gym climbing and settled on the Anasazi. Ordered three different sizes to make sure I got the best fit, which I'm quite happy with. However, there is a lot to be desired with these shoes. They seem to be rather high-volume shoes, for one. When I strap them on, I typically have at least an inch of velcro hanging off past the end. The rubber is hard as a rock and couldn't stick to bubble gum. Every review I have read heralded the Stealth rubber as some of the best, and that makes me wonder if there's not something wrong with my pair, but even after a couple months trying to break these things in they're still just as slick as the day they came out of the box. I've even tried a wire brush to avail. The edging on these is fantastic, I will say, but the thick sole makes sensitivity an issue. Precise footwork is certainly needed. These things are durable as a tank, and I don't expect to have to resole them for quite a long while. Overall, the shoe is very 'okay', but I would certainly never buy another pair.

      Obviously a great shoe!

      • Fit: True to size

      I agree with all comments about how great a shoe this is. Sticky, good edging, smears well after break-in. For me they are pretty comfortable (not like my lovely Mocs though :) ).

      Most people wonder about sizing. Here's my input: I wear an 11.5 street/running shoe. I have 5.10 Mocs and Rogue lace-ups, both in a 10.5 that fit great after break-in. The Anasazi does NOT stretch! Size them carefully, in person if at all possible. I drove 120 miles, twice, to get this sorted out and I'm glad I did. My size for this shoe is 11.0, and that's a 2014 shoe, so I assume it's the "new" sizing. My feet are a little wide across the toes, but thin, and I have to tighten them enough that the velcro straps are just a bit long-almost touch the ground. Then can be cut shorter if you know what you're doing, once you wear then a bit to know how long you want them. I left mine as is though-so far.

      Break-in is reasonably quick. About4 trips to the gym did it for me. I did some mechanical toe box stretching and they fit great. You can't do much of that though, so take the time to try different sizes and make sure it's snug but no too snug. If they tell you "they'll stretch" they don't know this shoe.

      You might try the lace too. I actually like the lace fit better EXCEPT the heel in the lace version jut doesn't work for me. Even though they are supposedly identical, they aren't and it was a deal breaker for me or of would have bought them over the VCS.

      Smelly and popular with Brits

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

      This was my first high-end shoe. It hurt like a mother for a while but softened up after a few tender caresses. We had a lovely month together before I noticed that these things smelled AWFUL. I've never had a shoe do that before, or since. I'm mostly a no-liner kind of guy, so maybe that's why.

      The British seem to love these guys, which is funny to me because they're made an hour away from me.

      Now, on to the shoe.

      Rubber's great. Sticky, but not too fast wearing.

      It's aggressive without being extremely down-turned, which makes it great for steep sport and bouldering, although it shines best on dime-edge face climbing.

      The fit is REALLY weird. My foot is somehow both pinched uncomfortably into the heel while still having enough room to store a headlamp in the heel cup. I don't get it. It's a problem with this particular last. The blancos and verdes are the same in this way.

      That toe-profile tho! It fits into dimples, dishes, pods, pockets, and splitter cracks like a key into a lock. If you do a lot of splitter crack, this might be a good option. Especially if you don't mind your car smelling like feet.

      The velcro is fast, but delicate. Enough contact where the small strap and the metal buckle thingy meet, and you'll have a blown shoe. Crack and off-width climbers beware.

      Weird fit, bad smells, cool aesthetics, decent closure system, decent durability, and a sick toe profile make this a top-pick if this were twenty years ago. Not worth the $$$, get lace miuras.

      I'm a 8.5 in women's street shoes What size would you suggest I get in these both a comfy fit and a performance fit thanks

      I wear a size 10.5 mens in most street shoes. I have these in a size 10 and they are a perfect fit, comfy enough to use all day and tight enough for a performance fit. I would suggest downsizing half a size from your street shoe (in men's sizing of course). Great shoe tho.

      I tried on these a couple of days ago. ...

      I tried on these a couple of days ago. 9.5 felt perfect, but the heel cup didn't feel super firm. 9 was painfully tight and great in the heel. If I purchased the 9 could I expect these to stretch a full half size?

      I've had these for about 6 months and they've stretched a tiny bit but I doubt they would go up a half size. I have the same thing with the heel cup being a little loose when I put them on but it's never bothered me while climbing (even when heel hooking). Personally I would go with the 9.5's or find a shoe that fit's better. In my experience, stretching out synthetic shoes begins and ends in tears.

      For me though, I will resole these until they fall apart and then buy another pair. They're exactly what I want in a sport shoe.

      EDIT: David Graham below says: "when you try them on for the first time, fit them snug then take a step or two and feel heel get set back into the cup to lock the shoe into place, wonderful design!"

      The heel cup in these particular shoes are a little loose in my opinion. I wouldn't go any lower in size, simply because these things don't stretch and I don't think it would help the heel cup situation either. These are great shoes though. Had them for a couple years and they never failed to get me up a wall.

      you might want to try the la sportiva muira lace. I had the same sizing issues as you did with these, but the muiras are leather so the stretch out to fit your foot and the heel cup is a much better design for my feet at least.

      Has anyone used the new version of the...

      Has anyone used the new version of the shoe? Can you compare it to the old ones.

      I've heard they had widened the toe box for the Fall 13 version,

      Hey Backcountry, when are you gonna get...

      Hey Backcountry, when are you gonna get more size 10.5's???

      can anyone tell me how these compare to...

      can anyone tell me how these compare to the other five ten anasazi shoes? specifically the anasazi high-top? or are they almost exactly the same except for the ankle coverage (and how the high top has a tongue for easy on and off but not really what i'm looking for)

      The Anasazi high top and VCS fit almost exactly the same. If you have a thinner foot like my brother but like the anasazi except for the volume, try the lace up Anasazi's. My brother ended up getting those because they fit him much snugger. Hope that answers your question.

      What has changed in the 2013 model?

      What has changed in the 2013 model?