Five Ten Guide Tennie Approach Shoe - Men's
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Pretty Good

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 11.5

The rubber is awesome, they look cool but that is about it. The laces are not the best, the toe is not that great and my heel swims in the shoe. I've talked to a few others and they said the same thing (I tried and 11 and 11.5 and my heel swam in both but the toes were too tight for an approach shoe in the 11).

In terms of climbing, they dont inspire confidence. After leading some Cascade alpine trad in them, they were kinda scary.

In terms of walking they are ok it is pretty user preference at that point.



After using them for 11 months almost everyday, (walking to class, climbing, hiking, walking on some snow fields before switching to mountaineering boots, standing on ladders) they have held up pretty good but are starting to fall apart and the leather is almost done.

Pretty Good

Taking you to new places!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

These shoes are great, they grip well and feel nice and sturdy. Shoes do fit about a half size large! Took them on a long distance backpacking trip through Granddaddy Basin here in the Unitas in Utah and they preformed really well. They are soft on the bottom so will feel sharper rocks as you hike/walk. Over all really great.



I also plan to use these for bike packing, haven't had a chance yet to test them on the bike. Will be back with feedback

Taking you to new places!

Another solid shoe from 5.10!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 43

Bought these for my husband. May run large if you're a climber. For every day multiuse (walk, bicycle, longboard, discgolf, hike, ect...), he says they fit true to size like the other 5.10 shoes he has had (Sam hill impact, barons, freerider, aescent) He wears them almost every day and they preform as expected. The Stealth rubber has awesome grip on just about every surface. They are extremely comfortable and seem to be well built. Zero complaints as long as the soles don't need to be glued back together. We've owned multiple 5.10 shoes and these are another that I'd buy again.

How would running be in these ?

Best Answer

Hey Ryan, I wouldn't recommend running in approach shoes as the soles are much more rigid than trail runners and would not be very comfortable.

Perfect

    These shoes grip rocks, gravel and other outdoor terrain perfectly. They give stability to an otherwise difficult hike. Making those slippery steps easy and relaxed.

    Size Down

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 9

    I'm a true size 9, slightly wide foot. The size 9 in these way to long, and a little wide. this is definitely a good shoe for someone with a wide foot, but make sure to size down a half or full size.

    UPDATE

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9

    5.10 stealth rubber is definitely one of my favorites and after moving on from my Scarpa approach shoes I'll say that statement isn't unfounded. These stiff approach shoes are very resilient. There's generous cushioning inside and plenty of rand to protect the piglets from getting bruised. I did get a heel blister during the break-in period but it was minor. The Tennies are legendary for a reason and my favorite part is that the tongue stays where I want it and doesn't drift. Too early to speak on durability but they've held up to intense hiking, scrambling and cragging.

    EDIT: I initially gave these shoes a 5-star rating however after less than 3 months of use on mixed terrain they are delaminating in a hard way. Everything about these shoes is amazing but I can't recommend them until Five-Ten can fix this issue. It breaks my little heart to say so because I'm such a huge fan of Five-Ten and Stealth Rubber but this seems to be a recurring issue with the new Tennies.

    UPDATE

    Great all around shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 9.5

    Can't say how much I love these approach shoes. Comfortable and supportive enough for a spontaneous 10 mile run in Sinks Canyon, Wyoming, enough grip to comfortably lead moderate routes when you're too lazy or your feet hurt to much to put on your climbing shoes, and the durability to withstand repeated jamming in splitter cracks. They do seem to fit a bit large however with a thicker pair of socks they are just perfect. Be careful wearing them in places where black streaks on the ground from the rubber are unwanted e.g. Your parents kitchen floor.

    Great MTB Shoe!

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

    I may be using these for other than original intent/design, but love them with my flat pedals mountain biking. They are stiffer than the Freerider by 5.10 and offer more toe protection.
    The materials are very rugged and clean-up well from the forest gravy. Hope you give them a shot.
    There can be some variation in the size. I've had several pair and they've been slightly diff. though all 10.5's
    Cheers

    Gives me heel blisters. Great otherwise.

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

    Had to give up on these. In all but 1 category, these are great.

    Great Approach Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These shoes are great for getting to the base. With 5.10 rubber on the bottom for sticking to the rock and a solid toe rand for making the jamming moves on the approach. The sole can be a little stiff at first but give them time and they will be one of your most comfortable shoes you wear to the crag.

    Way better than others and great value

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 8

    Five ten makes awesome rubber. I am indifferent toward the style, but all approach shoes are lacking in that category. It is extremely comfortable and useful for everything but snow and sludge. Doubles as a hiker. Supple but firm as any shoe I've owned. Very confident walking down slabs in this shoe. I've been pretty amazed at the stickiness on the decent! Have owned for a while and shows little to no wear.

    Terrible Quality

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

    I've had these shoes for roughly four months now, and they've just about disintegrated. Five Ten has been incredibly inconsistent lately with construction (more than usual due to Adidas changing things around?). I will admit I am quite hard on approach shoes since I use them for everything from routesetting to long alpine approaches, but within these four months the bottom of the sole has peeled from the tip of the toe to the ball of my foot (both shoes have the peeling issue but the left is the worst) and a sizable hole in the right upper. The peeling started about two weeks into owning the pair and I was constantly repairing the sole and trying any sort of glue that work. This did not only happen to my pair as well, I work for a company that gets a great deal on Five Ten and the same issue has happened to my coworkers as well.

    To be fair, they do climb very well. But that's the only reason I'm giving them two stars. Also, the rubber on the bottom of the shoes did not wear down too fast, which is nice if you wear your approach shoes a lot.

    If all you want is to look like a rock climber and wear some approach shoes to the bar, by all means get these. They're comfortable and look good. But if you truly put your shoes "through the wringer" do your self a favor and get something else (my Scarpa Crux lasted about 18 months of incredibly hard use and are still going)

    Who has experience with different versions of the Guide Tennie?
    There seem to be about 3 versions of the Guide Tennie: (1) the older version with dot rubber all the way to the toe and a "5" on the side of the heel, (2) the newer version with a smooth "climbing zone" toe area and "5.10" on the side of the heel, and (3) a canvas version. Does anyone have experience with these versions and their differences in sizing, durability, and climbing/hiking performance?

    I haven't used the older version. However, the difference between the 2 newer versions is that the canvas model is way more breathable but less durable whereas the non-canvas tennie is not as breathable but a bit more durable. All the Guide Tennies have super sticky rubber, but as with all gear there are trade offs. Sticky rubber that provides the best traction will wear down more quickly than harder rubber soles. Some rocks/terrain will wear them down sooner than others. E.g. my boyfriend's Guide Tennies are coming with us to Squamish, where I know that scrambling on granite will be much rougher on the shoes than our local limestone or hiking.



    Hit me up directly if you have any more questions!

    Love/hate

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 8.5

    My absolute favorite pair of climbing shoes are Five Ten Blackwings. I wear a 10.0 in them, and that's a very tight, bouldering fit. They're insanely durable, although they took quite a bit of breaking in.

    The tennies are... the opposite? I'm an 8.5 (!!) and probably could still go down a half size, they're comfortable as all hell but they have more or less disintegrated in the ~40 days I've worn them. They were AWESOME on true 4th class climbing (South ridge of Superior here in the Wasatch) and they're confidence inspiring in terms of grip. I guess if I did a lot of leading 5.easy trad routes these would see more use.

    Sizing is bizarre - even compared to other Five Ten products - and they aren't super durable. But otherwise they're awesome. I'd like to keep a pair in the shoe quiver for 4th class / easy 5th class stuff... but for the price it's a tough sell.

    Edit: I have the leather, not the canvas.

    Thanks for the reviews Mark! Super helpful to get this feedback out to the community.

    RUNS LARGE

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large

    This is the first size 10 shoe or boot that was too big for me. Definitely runs large. I think Five-Ten and or Backcountry should make this more evident. Of course they didn't have it in a half size smaller so I had to look elsewhere.

    Runs large

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: Runs large

    Bought it for my boyfriend for christmas because I've heard awesome things about them. Got them in his street shoe size but they seemed maybe a half size too big. Have to return them but there are no more in a smaller size. Bummer

    Unanswered Question

    I wear a size 11 in the Anasazi VCS and they fit like a glove, anyone have an idea of what size I should be looking at?
    Thanks

    Unanswered Question

    I wear an 11.5 in Pearl Izumi running shoes, 11 in Hoka's. How is the sizing on these? Thinking 11.5 but also thinking 11.

    First Impressions

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large

    They say first impressions are important. (My way of telling myself my review is worth something.)



    Anyways, picked these up because I was tired of falling on my butt on descent trails and freaking out on exposed slabs. I was a little skeptical about approach shoes going into this purchase and thought they might be just a clever marketing tactic to sell more stuff to people with too much money.



    I grabbed a pair size 12 (I am normally size 12.5 running shoe) and they fit pretty good. I have narrow feet and getting them tight enough requires a lot of cinching. Right out of the box they feel super comfortable and fit with a little room in the toe box like my normal street or hiking shoes. I think I would prefer them a half size smaller though for aid climbing.



    I took them out to Yosemite last weekend to give them a try and I was blown away with how well they climbed! They stick to granite almost too well. We had to hike a descent through a really loose and steep gully and not once did I slip or have to worry about my feet!



    I really like the design of this shoe and even though it is still new to me and I don't have much to compare to, I can vouch for every other review that these shoes climb really well!



    Sizing can differ a little based on what you want out of it. A little smaller if you want a good aiding shoe or a better climbing shoe. A little bigger if you want a shoe good for more hiking than climbing. Also if you have narrow feet like me and don't mind less room in the toe box, dropping a half size might help.



    Overall I am really happy with these shoes and looking forward to many trips of not falling on my butt or freaking out on those exposed slabs.

    First Impressions