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Pros: Durable, good all-around performance
Cons: Not great at edging, a little bulky when put in a backpack
Best Uses: Big walls, big hikes, every day approach shoe
Manufacturer: Five Ten
The Camp Four stands out as perhaps the most versatile Five Ten approach shoe. Its design makes it work on big hikes as well as big walls. Ammon McNeely has set many of his El Capitan speed records in this shoe, which is testament to the durability of the toe rand and overall design. It does not climb as well as the Five Ten Guide Tennie and is not as light as the Five Ten Savant or Five Ten Daescent. But it is a much better all-around shoe and is probably the most well-rounded of all the Five Ten shoes. Most other shoes that climb well do not do nearly as well on long hikes as the Camp 4 does. No approach shoes or any rock shoes last forever, but this one is pretty beefy and performs solidly in a lot of conditions. It is popular with guides because it climbs well on easier terrain but is beefy enough for many many days of hiking and scrambling.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
This is one of the best all-around approach shoes. You can hike for miles, scramble 4th class with confidence and climb big walls. It is beefy and durable relative to most other approach shoes. The tread pattern is a nice riff on the old standard dot tread. The tread is more aggressive, which gives better traction but still smears incredibly well. The design of the sole makes it relatively comfortable for hanging around in aiders.
Because they are so beefy, they are not a great shoe for multi-pitch climbing. If you clip them to the side of your harness you really notice them. If you put them in your daypack they take up a bunch of space. They also don't edge particularly well.
These are a little on the expensive side. However, they do have a longer than normal lifespan so they give great overall value.
The Five Ten Camp Four - Women's, $150, feel like they could handle a beating and protect your feet during rough use. The molded heel cage lasts forever and provides great protection for your feet, winning it our Top Pick Award.
The Five Ten AEscent Men's, $110, has added traction and is lightweight.
The Five Ten Guide Tennie Canvas, $130, and Five Ten Guide Tennie - Women's, $119, are great all-around approach shoes and climb better than most. The women's guide tennie wins our Editor's Choice Award.
— Chris McNamara
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