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    9 Reviews


    The hottest thing in climbing since the invention of the first climbing shoe.

    Climbers rejoice—the Five Ten Team VXi Climbing Shoe is finally here to keep you from peeling off plastic and other slippery surfaces. This innovative shoe features Five Ten's brand new and highly acclaimed Stealth Mi6 Rubber, the same rubber that was used in the latest Mission Impossible movie for scaling skyscraper windows. This rubber offers unbeatable friction on any surface so whether you're shifting your weight on a slab problem or throwing a hard-to-reach toe hook, the Team VXi will keep your foot where you want it. The synthetic suede upper material molds to your foot so you have no dead space between your toes, and the material is so lightweight that the Team VXi is Five Ten's lightest modern performance shoe. Its hook-and-loop closure system makes the shoe easy to put on and quick to take off.

    Thanks to Five Ten's Active Arch Support that provides a glove-like fit, the Team VXi helps you pull your body towards the wall whether you're hooking a ledge or toeing in a small, slippery jib. That, combined with the Fish Hook midsole, allows you to feel the smallest divots on your foot as if you weren't wearing a shoe at all.

    • Synthetic suede upper
    • Hook-and-loop closure
    • Fish Hook (soft) midsole
    • Stealth Mi6 Rubber
    • Active Arch Support
    • High asymmetrical curvature
    • Item #FVT2015

    Tech Specs

    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year
    Recommended Use
    bouldering, sport climbing
    Claimed Weight
    (single, size 9) 5.1 oz
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    aggressive downturn
    Stealth M16
    Fish Hook (soft)
    hook-and-loops strap
    Upper Material
    synthetic suede

    Tech Specs

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    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: 9

    I've had 2 pairs already and think they are some of the best shoes for overhanging climbs ever made. The rubber is stickier than any other rubber I've used, and I've used them all. The thing I like most about them is how soft and light they are. It's like wearing a sticky sock, where you feel every little feature you are standing on and can literally grab holds with your toes. They are so flexible they allow me to use my feet in ways no other shoe can, especially for toe hooking. Because they are not overly down turned, my toes can flex back completely to really hook on to holds. And because they don't have a high boxy toe area, they can fit into the thinest crack and get behind holds better on steep climbs.

    The only downsides are kind of due to the shoes incredible sensitivity... Standing on micro edges outside can be a bit harsh and the rubber is very thin so it inevitably won't last as long as a thicker, harder rubber. But, knowing that, I just use other shoes when for micro edging or long easy routes.

    One final note: Not the best shoe if you are just beginning climbing.

    A soft, sticky, quiver shoe

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

    I typically size my street shoes between 11/11.5, and I wear a 10.5 in the VXI.
    I don’t suggest that you determine your own size based on how you’ve sized other Five Tens in the past.
    My fit in the VXI was dictated by the heel cup. The rubber across forefoot is really thin, and stretches out quite a bit. I probably could have down sized further, but, when I crammed my foot into a 10, my heel didn’t sit properly in the heel cup, and the shoe didn’t hold its shape.
    In my experience, too aggressive a fit will push the shoe's heel to slip, and mess with the angle of the downturn. At one full-size down, mine are sensitive in the toe, and secure in the heel.
    With respect to performance, I think that the VXI is best on overhung, smooth/slippery climbs. Most of the shoe is wrapped in Mi6, Five Ten’s softest, stickiest rubber yet. Mi6 absolutely lives up to the hype – it sticks to everything – polished holds, cobbles... And, coupled with Five Ten’s split-midsole, (named the ‘fish-hook midsole’ for its propensity to pull in toward the wall), the ultra-soft rubber provides sensitivity and dexterity unlike any other shoe I’ve climbed in.
    The VXI revolutionized my understanding of ‘toeing in,’ and they’ve continued to help me retain body-tension through climbs that I would otherwise have slipped on.
    Given the VXI’s construction, I am not surprised that they aren't a ‘do-everything’ shoe, nor are they ‘edging machines.’ Precise footwork on vertical/slabby climbs requires a lot of foot strength, and, to be fair, the VXI is not at its best on those climbs. It is a quiver shoe, but, if you find yourself climbing on lots of steep, slippery rock, they're certainly worth looking at.

    Quiver shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is a shoe that is built for a specific purpose, using it for another purpose is like going mudding in a fararri. I've moved from the west out to the midwest. I get to climb a lot on the beautiful sandstone of Jackson Falls. This shoe is almost cheating on this rock type. It's so soft, and the rubber is so maluable that there isnt a slab or smear out of it's range. However there is no way this shoe would be any use in the Red or in Index. Dont buy this shoe unless you know exactly what your buying it for.

    A very specialized shoe.

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

    “This rubber offers unbeatable friction on any surface whether you’re shifting your weight on a slab problem or throwing a hard-to-reach toe hook, the Team VXi will keep your foot where you want it,” is what is written in the description. This picture was from a smear on a fairly textured granite slab on the first day. I am 6'1" about 170 lbs. I boulder in the double digits. This shoe is probably just too soft for the texture of the surface was that I was climbing on (and probably my body weight).

    After this I continued to climb with these shoes for approximately 9 months in the gym and other crags. Here are my thoughts:

    Although the first day was a bit of a downer, I learned my lesson and never took these back to said crag. These shoes are very soft, the softest rock climbing shoe I have ever worn, making it very specific in its usage. The rubber is also very sticky but you have to keep it clean so when you use them I would recommend to bring a rag or something you can wet and wipe with.

    They are the best shoes I have worn for toe hooks and are just like the Dragons for heel hooks (so, yeah, awesome). I have found these work best with overhangs and polished holds and do exceptionally well in the gym. In the end, they became my go-to shoes for steep gym climbing, and for that I would give them 5 stars, but overall they are simply too specialized.

    I purchased these in a size 10.5 and they fit great, in fact, they probably fit the most comfortably out of any rock shoe I have tried so far. My street shoe is usually 10.5 or 11. For comparison to other shoes, I wear a 42 in La Sportiva Solutions, 10 in Five Ten’s Anasazi VCS, 11 in Five Ten’s Dragons.

    In all, they are very specialized and if you have the cash I would recommend them for overhanging (gym) climbing, but if you are looking for something more all-around, I would recommend the La Sportiva Solutions or Five Ten Dragons.

    A very specialized shoe.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small

    These shoes won't last. The rubber is so thin even the gym will eat through them VERY quickly.

    Mine lasted a few days on steep to overhanging granite before busting open. Even while feeling them out at the store I was worried, but now my ponderings are correct and I wish I could go back in time. Bummer, money wasted.

    Precise footwork will get you much more life out of your shoes. I don't have these, but I have the Project, which has a 2mm sole and no midsole. I use them every time I'm at the gym. I've had them for a few years and they're still going strong.

    Wonderful shoe. Sizing

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    This is a great shoe for the south, and any place you need to smedge. I read from 5.10 that your street shoe would be perfect. I tried them outside and inside and was upset with how baggy they were.

    Truth be told get a size down or a little more.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    People need to be aware that this shoe is in no way created for an all around shoe. The Five Ten CEO stated that "this shoe is not for edging so don't even try, thats not what its for." THis shoe is great for roof climbing and steep gym climbing. Thats it. I prefer the classic black team shoe. It has very soft rubber but will last a little while more and can handle the occasional edge now and then. Again, people tend to get stoked on new gear and don't realize that this shoe is only specific for polished holds, roof & gym climbing.

    Great and sucks

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small

    As everyone says, the rubber is super soft. You can mold it to the shape of your hand if your hand is warm. The shoe feels great on. It's the best shoe I've ever worn for toe hooking. I wore the arrowheads for a little while and I think the heel in this shoe is smaller. My regular shoe for the past 2 years has been the testarossa though and these vxi weren't good enough to replace them. The shoes do fine for general climbing. They're excellent for toe hooks. They fail you on the small footwork where you need to place the front of your toes on a small edge; its painful because the rubber is so soft. So I would suggest these as a special project shoe for climbs with hard toe hooks and lack of small point-of-the-toe foot holds. I didn't have a problem with edging on the inside or outside edges or with heels.

    I wear 9.5 sperrys, 40 testarossas, 10.5 arrowheads, 10.5 vxi; all the climbing shoes fit me about the same at those sizes.

    Very specialized shoe

      This is an interesting slipper but it is very specific in its uses. It's super soft and sensitive. I've had a pair for ~3 months. The fit is true to street size; I wear a 10 street and a 10 in this shoe which makes it very snug but not uncomfortable. I can wear it for long periods of time. You need to get used to taking this on and off; you fold back the heel to get the forefoot in before pulling the heel on. For comparison 10 is a painful fit for me in the Blackwings, so go about a half size smaller than Blackwings/Dragons. It's the same last but the rubber is softer so the fit is more forgiving. The heel is the larger Dragon heel and not the smaller Blackwing heel.

      You won't be edging in this shoe. The outer edge especially is basically useless. It's just too soft. The inner edge is usable with "smedging" but not as well as a stiffer shoe. Like the Futura, with this shoe you end up toeing into everything. The Futura offers more toe support, though. This shoe will really work out your big toe. Smearing of course works great in this shoe, as does toeing in, but don't believe the walks-up-glass hype.

      There is generous (though very thin) toe rubber and toe hooks are fantastic. Heel hooks are iffy. On tiny, marginal heel hooks this shoe works well. The sticky soft rubber digs into tiny crimp-sized edges. The only catch is the heel fit is a bit baggy. But the heel fit is low profile around the ankle so on bigger hooks you will often find rock digging directly into your achilles tendon quite painfully (for comparison, I don't experience this with the Shamans or Solutions).

      How do these compare to the solutions? I...

      How do these compare to the solutions? I wear a 40.5 in the solutions and 40 in muria lace.

      Only size 11's? Did the rest sell out?

      Only size 11's? Did the rest sell out?

      Any new information to share about a...

      Any new information to share about a shipment of these shoes? I read and was told July to late August would be an approximate in stock time range. I am mostly wondering if the company is still waiting on the arrival of the shoes or has any new information to share on any new possible time ranges we would be able to purchase the shoe

      Best Answer

      Hey there, thanks for your question. Unfortunately it's really hard to estimate a time of when this item will be back in stock. We are still waiting on the arrival of the shoes and currently we have a date of middle/end of September. I apologize for the wait, please keep checking the site. Hope this helps.

      Do you have any idea when you guys will...

      Do you have any idea when you guys will get these in?