Review: Five Ten Access Approach Shoe

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This story originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of our print edition.

Five Ten Access Approach Shoe Rock Climbing

Put Five Ten’s signature dot rubber sole on a breathable, beefed-up trail runner and you have the Access. “It’s the best of both worlds between a technical approach shoe and a lightweight hiker,” one tester said after two months with them. A leather version ($140) offers more durability and protection, perfect for off trail and colder climates, while a mesh version provides more breathability, perfect for on trail and warmer weather. Testers found the EVA foam midsole absorbed shock well when jumping on and off boulders, and the dot rubber offered excellent traction on rock slabs and dirt trails. Our tester said, “The Stealth S1 rubber sole is durable and sticky, giving great technical performance on challenging terrain and in wet conditions.” A toe cap adds toughness for protection of sensitive digits, and a padded mesh tongue kept the shoe comfortable for full mountain days. With a large panel on the side and behind the Achilles that is integrated into the lacing system, testers found the shoe had a lot of sideways support when the foot twisted on uneven terrain, meaning “these felt more secure than your standard trail runner.”

Conclusion 

Approach shoe toughness with trail runner feel and fit, the Access is ideal for every type of terrain up to low fifth class thanks to a sticky dot rubber sole, increased upper support, and medium stiffness.

$130; fiveten.com

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