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Five Ten Guide Tennie Approach Shoe - Men's

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Guide Tennie Approach Shoe

While some approaches barely involve an approach at all, should you encounter a multi-mile hike out to your chosen crag, the Five Ten Guide Tennie is a worthy choice. 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 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.

  • Stay comfortable as you approach in this durable shoe
  • Rubber toe enhances performance on inclined surfaces
  • Water-resistant leather defends against wet trails
  • Stiff midsole provides stability and control on mixed terrain
  • Mesh lining keeps air circulating for temperature control
  • Lace closure dials in a secure, personalized fit
  • Item #FVT004C

Upper Material
split-suede leather
Lining
textile
Closure
lace
Midsole
stiff
Sole
Stealth C4 rubber
Recommended Use
bouldering, sport climbing, trad climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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>Rating: 5

Beefy, long day approach shoe.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
9.5
Height
5` 10"
Weight
160 lbs

This thing is bulletproof. Kinda feels like a low top boot in a way.. lots of protection and enough cushion for a big walk. Climbs pretty darn good too, and kinda indispensable for wall climbing. The big wall work boot!

>Rating: 5

Adidas gives great service!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
8
Height
5` 7"
Weight
150 lbs

I had an older pair of these that delaminated, where the black rubber separated from the sole after only a year + of minimal use. Sent photos to Adidas and they replaced them with a pair of this new design for free! I use these for canyoneering and they are excellent for scrambling down chimneys and slots. The sticky rubber is bomber on sandstone. They are also comfortable enough on long hikes back to the car. Perfect shoe for slot canyons in the southern utah desert! Liked em so much I bought my spouse a pair.

>Rating: 5

Love These BadBoys!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
11
Height
5` 11"
Weight
235 lbs

At a recent trip to Moab, realized the "approach" shoes I brought were entirely inadequate; so I ordered a pair of these. FWIW: I wear a size 11 in everything and size 11 in these fits perfectly. These shoes are robust and feel great. I guess they need a little breaking in, but they worked fine for me right out of the box. I did yank the generic insoles out and replaced them with upgraded insoles with arches, and find they feel better underfoot for walking more than a short distance. Obviously I can't comment on their durability; but I don't abuse any of my gear and thus have never had a product "fail" on me. Highly recommend these shoes to you!

>Rating: 4

Great Approach/Hiking shoes

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
10.5
Weight
1 lbs

I love these. They did take a while to break in and they are a bit on the stiffer side. That being said, they've been my favorite approach shoes i've had so far. After about a year of intense use they're now falling apart. I'm not mad, it's to be expected. I have had friends complain about these not being durable though. Namely w/ the rubber becoming unglued and the stitching coming apart. I didn't have those problems though.

>Rating: 1

Horrible New Design

Horrible compared to the old Tennies. However, what is even more horrible is the customer service from Backcountry! They have a horrible return policy and are as big of a corporate business as REI, but REI actually has great customer service and policies. Save your time and money and shop at REI!

I have been doing business with Backcountry constantly for the past 3 years and have never, repeat NEVER had a problem with the customer service team there.

You work for R.E.I. Susan?

I have had only great experiences with their customer service.

>Rating: 5

Best Approach Shoes

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
10.5
Height
5` 7"
Weight
154 lbs

My third pair of Tennies, but this new version runs way smaller than previous versions. I was wearing a 9.5 for previous pairs - had to return and upgrade to 10.5 for this one.

>Rating: 5

Sizing

I already have a pair size 11. A little snug, but great for more technical approaches or warm-up routes up to 5.9. So I ordered 11.5 and the shoes are smaller than the 11’s. Makes no sense. I would like to try a larger size but of course now they’re out of stock. Not sure how to rate the newer shoes (durability and performance)Based on my older pair..

>Rating: 3

fit and design has changed

Size Bought
11 med
Height
5` 10"
Weight
145 lbs

Seems to me they've shifted the design and fit more toward a hiker and less toward a climber. I've owned several pairs of Guide Tennies over the years. This latest model does not fit me as well as previous ones. I ordered a size 11 and it fits like a 10.5. The heel and cuff are now more padded, like a skate shoe, and the toe box is roomier. Wide feet may like these changes. My low-volume ones do not. I am returning them so won't be able to try them on the rock but my sense is they will not climb as well. I guess I'll try to resole my old ones...