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Pros: Very sticky rubber, comfortable, climb well.
Cons: There is virtually no arch support, which makes these shoes uncomfortable to hike long distances or to carry heavy packs with.
Best Uses: Shorter approaches, scrambling, easy climbing.
If you want a sticky shoe to help you scale the tricky slabs of Tuolumne or to scramble up some easy Sierra Peaks, then the Five Ten Guide Tennie is the perfect choice. The Guide Tennie is a great all-around approach shoe and climbs better than most others on account of the Stealth sticky-dot rubber on the sole, which is why it wins our Best in Class Award. It hikes better than the Daescents, but not nearly as well as the La Sportiva Exum Pro - Women's. They climb better than the Camp Four or the Insight, but aren't quite as durable. This shoe excels at climbing and scrambling, so is ideal if you don't plan to use it on many very long approaches. If you need more support for long hikes or heavy loads, try the Boulder X's or Camp Fours.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The Guide Tennie has the stickiest rubber of all the approach shoes in this review, which makes these shoes climb very well. The laces reach to the toe, so they can be tightened to feel precise when edging and climbing. They are also very comfortable, which is why they are one of the most common models of approach shoe available.
There is no arch support at all in these shoes, which can be remedied by adding SuperFeet or some other kind of footbed to the shoe. This lack of support and cushion makes the Guide Tennie not the best shoe for hiking long distances, where a shoe like the Boulder X performs much better. Even though these shoes climb really well, the rounded toe-box takes away from their edging precision a bit; a pointier toe as on the Exum Pro gives a little more edging confidence. These shoes are also not particularly light weight.
These shoes are perfect for approaches that require some easy climbing since they are so sticky.
At $100, these are pretty average in price for an approach shoe. They are durable and one of the best shoes when it comes to climbing, so they are worth the expense.
The Five Ten Guide Tennie wins our Best Buy Award and is the men's version of this shoe. The Guide Tennie is now also available in a canvas version, for both men and women and is called the Guide Tennie Canvas - Women's. You can also purchase the leather version for $10 more, or the hi-top version for $140, the Guide Tennie Canvas Mid.
— McKenzie Long
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