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Street Price: $94
Pros: Good traction, mesh uppers drained and ventilated well, dried fast
Cons: Mesh uppers get socks wet in winter, pinky toe area wore out fast
Best Uses: Cross-training, light hiking, scrambling, trail running, free running
This product has been discontinued.
The closest shoe is our Top Pick Winner, the Five Ten Camp Four(pictured below).
The Savant is a light and super-well-ventilated free running/approach shoe. Its design is a cross between a running shoe and the standard approach shoe design of the Five Ten Camp Four. Its use of mesh comes with pros and cons.
We have used lots of Five Ten approach shoes. Overall, this model is good but not our favorite. They are light and good in a lot of areas but don't excel in any one except maybe parkour/free running. For example, they are light but the Five Ten Daescent is lighter. They climb well but the Five Ten Guide Tennie climbs better. They are OK for running and long hikes but there are better shoes for those applications. They do some parkour/free running very well and they are comfortable to wear. So it seems like this shoe is best for short runs, hikes or general outings on good trails or in urban environments and in warmer climates and where you might encounter water (canyoneering?).
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
These shoes stand out for being lightweight and well ventilated, which makes them very comfortable. The mesh breathes well on hot summer days and drains well if walking through creeks; after getting wet they dry quickly. They climb well but not great. The toe was fairly durable. We expected it to delaminate fast but it did not. The lacing is easy to tighten on and off. We are fans of the Five Ten sticky rubber in general and this stuff holds up great.
This shoe is not the most durable we have tested because of one problem area: at the pinky toe location it wore out prematurely, leaving a hole in the mesh. One more patch there would make overall durability great. Also, the downside of mesh is that if you walk across wet grass in winter your socks are soaked for the day. This is a summer shoe, ideally worn when temps are over 70 degrees.
These shoes are ideal for warm weather activities, from parkour and climbing to cross training and scrambling. They are OK for running (but not ideal) and good for long hikes.
This is in the middle of the value range for approach shoes. We have experienced below average durability so long-term value takes a hit.
— Chris McNamara and Chris Summit
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