Five Ten Guide Tennie - Women's Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Supportive, relatively inexpensive
Cons: Uncomfortable, heavy
Manufacturer: Five Ten
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|Pros||Supportive, relatively inexpensive||Lightweight, great climbing ability, comfortable||Durable, stiff, great climbing ability||Supportive, comfortable, durable||Comfortable, supportive, inexpensive|
|Cons||Uncomfortable, heavy||Not as durable as some||Lacks cushion, expensive||Heavier, moderate climbing ability||Heavy, poor climbing performance|
|Bottom Line||A decent all-around shoe that feels clunky compared to its competition; our female testers feel that this shoe is in need of an update||This is an all-around awesome shoe with excellent climbing performance and a comfortable, lightweight design||These shoes are confidence-inspiring, durable, and designed for alpine scrambles and other rugged missions||If you're heading into the alpine or big walls, this durable and supportive model is well-suited for your endeavors||An awesome budget option that covers the needs of most climbers, especially equipped for hiking comfort and long-term durability|
|Rating Categories||Five Ten Guide Tennie||La Sportiva TX2 - W...||La Sportiva TX Guide||La Sportiva TX4 - W...||La Sportiva Boulder X|
|Climbing Ability (35%)|
|Hiking Comfort (25%)|
|Weight & Packability (20%)|
|Specs||Five Ten Guide Tennie||La Sportiva TX2 - W...||La Sportiva TX Guide||La Sportiva TX4 - W...||La Sportiva Boulder X|
|Weight per Pair (in oz)||23.6 oz||16.8 oz||21.5 oz||21.0 oz||28.6 oz|
|Sole Rubber||Stealth C4 dotted rubber||Vibram MegaGrip||Vibram Mega-Grip||Vibram MegaGrip||Vibram Idro-Grip V-Smear|
|Upper||Suede and synthetic||Polyester mesh||Synthetic||Leather||Suede|
|Midsole||Compression-molded EVA||Traverse Lite||dual-density compressed EVA, TPU Torsion Shank||Traverse Injection MIMIlex||2mm polypropylene, 2mm LaSpEVA|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Guide Tennie failed to win an award because of its heavy, less comfortable design. When evaluated side-by-side with some other support-based products, we couldn't help but notice its shortcomings in comfort and climbing ability.
To judge a shoe's climbing ability, we took it all over California's most famous climbing areas. From boulders to big walls to sport climbing meccas, we edged, smeared, and jammed our way to success. The Guide Tennie has decent climbing ability and we appreciated its durable sticky rubber for long alpine missions and scrambling. In the end, however, it fell behind some of the slimmer models in this review.
The Guide Tennie has a much more traditional shape and design, built for long approaches and burly missions with required fourth- and fifth-class sections. The Tennie strikes a great balance between support and climbing ability, but we had a hard time trusting its edge after experiencing the great toes of some other products in this review.
This shoe handled solidly on slabs due to its wrap-around rand, but its toe was too wide to jam into any small cracks. It might make for a decent off-width shoe, but hand cracks were improbable. The Tennie earned a slightly below-average score for fifth-class climbing ability.
Looking at materials, lacing and midsole structure, the Guide Tennie was slightly less comfortable than we had hoped. The toe box was narrow and uncomfortable, and the heel sat too low.
We did like the soft materials and stiff sole of the Tennie, but after hiking down into the Owens River Gorge, our toes were killing us, and the shoe lacked significantly in breathability. We were also annoyed that the heel of this shoe was lower than the heels of other products we tested. Ultimately, we couldn't pick the Tennie over its competitors.
The lacing system of the Tennie was similar to that of its competitors, but the laces on some of our favorite products reached slightly further down the foot, making for a more versatile fit.
Earning a high score in this category, the Guide Tennie shows us one area where it shines. Decent arch support and a stable build make for decent long-distance approaches.
The second-highest scorer for support, the Tennie has a nice arch and stiff sole. We were impressed with how secure our feet felt in these shoes, and their solid build was great for tough hikes on sharp talus. We felt very stable in these shoes whether on rock, steep snow, or loose scree.
Weight and Packability
At OutdoorGearLab we generally prefer our gear to be as light as we can get away with. And while we realize that weight usually comes at the cost of other important factors like support and durability, we were very impressed when we put the Guide Tennie on the scale. At the slightly above-average weight of 11.8 ounces, this shoe still lighter than the heaviest shoes we tested.
The Guide Tennie is just barely light enough to put on your harness for multi-pitch adventures. We expected it to be heavier than it was, so we were actually pleasantly surprised. Still, this shoe is a bit much for clipping to your harness.
The Guide Tennie is priced ok. We'd be keener to recommend this shoe if it was just a little cheaper because of its relatively low overall score. For just a few more bucks, there are some great products with higher all-around scores.
A hiking-focused approach shoe, the Guide Tennie strives to be an all-arounder but ultimately falls short. With an old-school design, the Tennie's decent scores and average price make it difficult for us to recommend it when compared to its many stellar competitors.
— Lauren DeLaunay
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