I first saw the Five Ten Hi-Angle as a development sample that a friend Wiz Fineron had. From the first second I saw them I instantly liked them. They looked fly, modern and like a Five Ten shoe to compete with the Miura and Boostic on looks. The only things I could see wrong was a particularly flimsy looking velcro strap.
The next time I saw them was at Friedrichshafen 2014 prior to their release. The show sample had been sorted and the strap looked good. Next step. Get a pair!
Fortunately enough for me being involved in the outdoor industry does have its perks and in no time I had a pair to try. As always I had ordered a uk7.5. Up until this point I had always been a 7.5 in every 5.10 shoe. These although savage to get on were way to big and I had to go down to a size ??? to get some to fit. Now ?? sizes down they required a plastic bag to get them on for the first 5 or so sessions. Once they were actually on they were exceptionally comfortable not only wear but also to climb in. The toes are possibly the most precise shoe I have ever climbed in and are absolutely amazing on steep terrain with small in-cut footholds.
The heel had no baggy material like the Anasazi range so was ideal for smeary hooks and big compression prows. Shame about the lack of cheating heel 😉 for those crimpy/edgey heel hooks that the Pinks and old whites are so good for.
I’ve now had the shoes for almost a year and they are showing no sign of wearing through yet. they still have a sharp-ish edge and have retained about 70% stiffness. Being fair I have been only using them when I really need to so as not to blast through them.
One thing that is worth noting, originally 5.10 classed these shoes as a price conscious downturn???? Seeing as they were only £5 cheaper than the dragon at retail this seemed a little ridiculous. Around £80 to buy. They are their own shoe and in my mind have replaced the dragon. They are a more comfortable fit, retain a sensible level of stiffness and look funky as!
Take a look at the video below for a product presentation by Dave Kassel at ISPO 2014.
Out of the box comfort