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Five Ten

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Five Ten is a family-owned company that is dedicated to making the best outdoor sports footwear available. Five Ten was founded by Charles Cole in 1985. Cole had finished up his MBA from University of Michigan, and was hanging out in Yosemite, putting up spectacular first ascent aid routes—many times solo. After a slip while descending El Cap, he decided that climbers not only needed high-friction rubber on their climbing shoes, but on their walking shoes as well.

Being a man whose passion and focus matches his great intellect, Cole immediately resolved to create a new rubber compound that would help climbers on every angle surface. Reaching back to what he’d learned while obtaining his engineering degree from University of Southern California, he set his sights on developing a revolutionary rubber formula that would have better friction and higher durability than anything climbers had ever experienced.

Five Ten was born, and in 1986, Cole, with the support of his parents, Mary and Charles Sr., began distributing a new line of approach and climbing shoes with Charles’s new Stealth rubber soles. Climbing suddenly got easier. Because the soles actually stuck better to the rock, climbers could ascent routes that had previously been unattainable. Charles Cole, Five Ten and Stealth rubber helped to open climbing to a new generation of athletes for whom friction meant everything.

Now, the Redlands, California-based company makes shoe with their proprietary Stealth rubber for a variety of outdoor disciplines. Five Ten climbing shoes are depended upon by the world’s top climbers. Even climbers who are paid to wear shoes by other companies resole with Stealth. Stealth Rubber resole kits make up 99.9 percent of resole sales world wide. Five Ten multi-sport shoes are now favorite footwear of downhill mountain bikers, paddlers, hikers, trail runners and climbers. From elite, world class athletes to every day outdoor enthusiasts, people know that Five Ten is the most authentic footwear brand available. As Cole found out on El Cap, and athletes find out everyday, friction does make a difference. Add that to the unique comfort, durability and technological advances of Five Ten, and you have the best footwear in the world.



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I have to be honest, I benefited from a set of these bought as an over generous gift rather than requiring something to match my ability – sadly, that being said, when you put these on you feel like you can climb two grades above your usual.

These shoes inspire confidence and ooze quality. I was pleasantly surprised at the level of comfort, expecting something that would contort my feet into something unrecognizable. Not so. As with all climbing shoes, one mans comfort is another’s torture - I would still advocate that anyone desiring these (while still available) or their replacement to go and try them on. These are definitely precision shoes and if your feet don't fit the Five Ten 'vision' then I wouldn't be surprised if you find these incredibly uncomfortable.

Apparently a sport climbing shoe primarily, I've found these equally at home on longer hauls on trad climbing as well, the flatter sole unit being less aggressive means that they're not as bad to walk or stand around in. The rubber on the sole is everything that has been spoken of, surprisingly durable for something that give so much grip, I have found them excellent in their home territory of small pockets and tiny ledges and they do a fair turn of smearing as well - far better than I was expecting.

I would happily recommend these to anyone looking for a performance shoe that is capable of doing pretty much anything.

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I Brought the warhawks, as a pair of shoes to wear whilst at work (as i work in an indoor climbing wall) and they have been through a lot. i have climbed numerous routes (maximum 6a) in them, and coached footwork in them, and on top of that i have worn them for 12 hours straight. and yet i cant find a single issue with them. They are super comfortable. and stick to even the smallest of holds. the only issue i have found with them, is that after long and constant use, they have begun to show signs of falling apart, but I've had them for about 4 months, and they have been worn constantly. the main area that is coming apart is the join above the toes.

I have also worn these shoes on numerous adventure days out, and they are super sticky whilst scrambling, but abit slippery on damp grass.

Overall a great shoe, that i will definitely recommend, and be buying again.


  • Excellent design
  • Comfortable
  • Fit
  • Expensive... but worth it!
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When I started climbing about four months ago, I found myself looking for my own pair of shoes soon after. Overwhelmed by my inexperience and the amount of options, I went to the local R.E.I. to begin the search. After trying on quite a few pairs I ended up sticking with the Coyote Lace Ups for their comfort, and solid stickiness. Although they are not the most precise pair on the market, they certainly have worked in both indoor and outdoor climbing for durability and comfortability. As a beginner, they have allowed me to progress from a novice to climbing intermediate to advanced V2/V3 climbing with no noticeable falling outs. I have noticed that when slab climbing I have a hard time keeping the tip of the toes firmly planted in smaller holds. Also, beware the stretching leather, and the red dye that will stain the feet

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