The sandstone stem and smear.
Your climbing partner was nice enough to let you lead the Lighthouse Tower's classic crux pitch, which involves plenty of bizarre stemming on smeary, slippery sandstone to keep your heart pumping and your hips hurting. Luckily, you have Five Ten's Stonelands Lace-Up Climbing Shoe keeping you on the climb and not sliding down a narrow chimney. That's because this popular shoe boasts Five-Ten's grippy Stealth C4 rubber sole for reliable traction on the slipperiest slabs. This shoe's stiff midsole conserves your foot strength for all-day climbs—it can't do anything about your hips—and it's a practical choice for learning how to climb in the gym.
- Comfy climbing shoe for gyms, smears, and slabs
- Low, flat asymmetry assures comfort on multi-pitches or lessons
- Stealth C4 rubber offers unparalleled traction for slippery climbs
- Synthetic leather upper practically eliminates stretching
- Moisture-wicking terrycloth lining and padded tongue for comfort
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- Q & A
Why are these not more popular
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: 12.5
These shoes are a 1 shoe quiver (especially granite) they can handle crack & slab exceptionally. They have a nice shape that would allow for decent edging if you're edging game is solid but they are pretty soft so don't edge like a stiffer shoe. I find it weird that the five ten website says they're stiffness is "stiff".
Edging: not your stiff edging shoe, but I've never tried to use them for that purpose.
Cracks: the inside of the shoe is lined with a soft material, which gives it a little more cushion in cracks. For those familiar with the anasazi line of shoes, the rubber rands comes up higher on the toes adding more protection. More importantly, this shoe is less asymmetrical so your toes will be less curled = great jamming shoe.
Sizing: The Higher rubber toe protection can cause a hot spot if you try to downsize to the point of serious toe curl. Go up half a size from the anasazi size for a comparable fit.
*Street shoe: size US 12, AA width
Anasazi VCS: 11.5 - face climbing/sport
Anasazi pink 12: trad, single pitch
Stonelands lace: 12.5 Trad, all day fit
* according to the store brannock device