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- Suede, Mesh, Rubber, Man Made
- Made in the USA and Imported
- Rubber sole
- Stealth C4 rubber outsole
- Hand-ground beveled climbing toe
- Ergonomic last design
- Water-resistant nubuck leather upper
- Compression-molded EVA midsole
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Five Ten was an originator of the approach shoe category and the Guide Tennie continues the tradition. The Stealth C4 Dotty outsole bites into multiple surfaces and also has a hand-ground beveled climbing toe. The Compression molded outsole and comfortable upper will keep you comfortable all day long.
- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B008XESAZM
- Item model number: Guide Tennie Leather-M
- Date first listed on Amazon: November 17, 2009
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Great for rock climbing(up to 5.11ish depending on the route)
Long hikes are no problem
Lightest shoes I own
Dry out relatively fast for a shoe
Grip for days
Fun to cycle in
Not waterproof or water resistant
Less comfortable than my hiking boots
I did a lot of research on approach shoes before finally deciding on the Guide Tennies. I wanted something that was lightweight, comfortable (no break-in period required), and that offered great grip for smooth granite slabs.
The Tennies are of course not as light as my Trailrocs, but they're not cumbersome or heavy, either. So I don't mind them in that respect-- I don't feel at all weighed down. And because they're heavy-duty, I have no doubts they'll last me quite a few years and withstand far more "abuse" than my Trailrocs could.
The inner cushioning is comfortable-- I wore them on hikes right away (up to 10 hours) and I never got any blisters. And the shoes aren't too narrow or too wide. I probably could have probably done with 1/2 a size smaller, but it's not a big deal.
They ARE stiffer and more flat-footed than I'd prefer, even after many hikes in them. But these qualities are good for very rocky trails at least, where my foot isn't bending all over the place as I step from rock to rock. And I find them especially useful on rocky descents, where my joints aren't taking a beating on every step. But on non-rocky ascents and flat terrain, I'd prefer a shoe with more flexibility.
I'd say the grip strength is the same as my Trailrocs, It's very rare I slip in either-- on gravel, dirt, OR rock. But I do notice that because I'm doing the entire hike in the Tennies, when I transition from dirt trails to rock scrambles, I think some dust sticks to the stealth rubber and it can't grip the rock as well initially. But as long as I'm careful the first step or two, it's good from there.
Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and will continue to use my Tennies on rockier, more strenuous hikes. They're a durable and well-made shoe and they suit my needs. I'm just not in love with them because of the stiffness, and that's the reason I gave them 4 stars instead of 5.
This is predicated of course on my fit but these are definitely the most comfortable shoes I've owned. I also had a pair of Five 10 heavier hiking shoes and they also great comfort and fit. I bought those in 1994 for Hiking in the Grand Canyon. I finally tossed them two years ago.
The approach shoes is light and rolls well with the foot on insecure terrain. Because of the fit and the security of design around the foot I've never rolled an ankle.
A word about the soles. Five 10 uses sticky sole climbing rubber. The rubber gives you great security while hiking in rocky area. When you put your foot down you know it will not slip. I live in Texas as as you move from a dusty trail to a rocky surface any other sole, even vibram will tend to slip. Not the Five 10. Secure footing. Good material.
in short: comfortable, secure footing, when you get a pair they will become your go to shoe.
I love the new styling of the shoe, as the older model was a bit bland. Giving it some colour is a good move.
If you like gnarly hiking, this might not be the shoe for you, as there isn't much support for the ankle, but it is great for slick rock, or for bouldering. I also use my old pair for traveling, as they are very light, and comfortable.
All in all, great for what they are designed for.
Sole rubber is great. I have been a fan of Stealth C4 for years. It is really sticky yet somehow has a great lifespan. Smears for days.
I can compare this to the Scarpa Zen and Garmont Dragontail shoes which I have owned. The Zen feels like you are walking on plywood, no cushioning but climbs pretty well. The dragontails are a much stiffer, more alpine oriented shoe. They are better than this shoe if you are carrying a lot of weight. For a scrambly day hike the Tennies are the clear winner.
Sizing is close to spot on. Maybe a tiny bit large, but not enough to size down.