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Pros: Climbs great with the new Smedge Zone toe, very good all around - town, dirt or rocky trails and slabby approaches
Cons: Durability of the canvas (as compared to the leather version), stiff sole and bootlike feel is not good for running
Best Uses: Big wall climbing, alpine rock, cragging, trail hikes, around town, parkor / free-running
This new and improved canvas version of our Best Buy award winning Five Ten Guide Tennie looks fairly similar to the previous version with it's design purpose being the same. There are a few major changes that seem to be mostly for the better. Our upcoming, final tests will prove if the new shoe is actually better all around or just for a specific purpose. We are very psyched to try this new canvas version this spring and summer for our complete hands on review. Check back for that later but for now here is what we can see about this new design from FiveTen.com as well as our own initial inspections and trial tests;
We really like the Smedge Zone Toe that offers a better combination of rock edging and smearing capabilities. The ErgoNomic (ErgoGuide) rubber last makes for better crack climbing and adds all around durability and support for both hiking and climbing. The canvas model has a Sandwich Mesh lining to increase breathability and support and is lighter than the leather model but is not as durable. This new design feels a bit more like a low top boot compared to the last version which felt more like a shoe. Previous versions had a slightly lower profile and smaller rubber lasts and because of that, had less support. This new version has more support and seems more durable for rugged hikes or climbs.
If you require a shoe for a more wet climate and/or longer approaches try our Top Pick award winning Five Ten Camp Four or the much more lightweight and city oriented shoe that still climbs pretty well, the Evolv Cruiser. For one of the most high performing as well as one of the most expensive approach shoes check out our Editors' Choice winner, the La Sportiva Ganda.
Check out some of our other Approach Shoe Reviews.
This shoe comes in a hi-top version, the Guide Tennie Canvas Mid, $140.
If you're looking for the women's version of the Guide Tennie, check out the Five Ten Guide Tennie - Women's, $115.
— Chris Summit
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Most recent review: March 23, 2014
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