2017 Approach Shoe Review: Five Ten Guide Tennie

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The Five Ten Guide Tennie approach shoe.

The Five Ten Guide Tennie approach shoe.

Weight

29 oz per pair; men’s and women’s versions.

Comfort

“The bunions and corns of my climber feet felt well cushioned in these shoes,” said our tester, who loved the shoe’s fit. The Nubuck leather upper and ergonomic last molded to his feet, providing a comfortable sneaker-like feel that allowed him to sprint from his cubicle to the first Flatiron.

Approach 

The compression-molded EVA midsole offered stiffness for hikes around the Flatirons and scrambling in Eldo. Our tester sized them a bit small, which caused his toes to hit the end of the shoe running downhills but made them crush technical approaches. They felt versatile scrambling through talus approaches and on sloping sandstone descents.

Scrambling/Climbing 

“As sticky as it gets,” said our tester, who climbed on polished Rifle limestone in these shoes. The Dotty tread coupled with Stealth C4 makes for a shoe that stays on every type of rock. A climbing zone at the front of the shoe, and a moderately stiff midsole helped with smearing and edging.

$140, fiveten.com

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