ClimberRobwrote a review of Five Ten Dragon Lace-Up Climbing Shoe on April 8, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
I have owned many, many pairs of climbing shoes over the years, and these are my absolute favorite for anything past vertical. Great, snug fit, all the way through the heel, and just enough volume in the toe box. Very nice downturn with enough flexibility for slabby topouts.
Unfortunately, my last pair started delaminating all over both shoes. The rand just started pulling off of the leather. I sent them to Five Ten, and they refused to warranty the shoes, despite the fact that the failure was obviously a defect in materials and/or workmanship. I don't know if their quality control has just gone downhill, or if it's a fluke, but $165 is a lot of money to spend on any shoe, especially a defective pair of climbing shoes. I've owned over 50 pairs of Five Ten climbing shoes over the years, and this is the first pair that has ever failed like this. I haven't decided yet if I'll give these shoes another shot, or move on to another company that hopefully has better QC and stand behind their product.
Five stars for the shoes, if they don't fall apart, one star for my last pair, and an F for Five Ten customer service.