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Five Ten Coyote VCS Review

Five Ten Coyote VCS
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Price:  $86 List
Pros:  Comfortable, great friction, fit wide feet, great value
Cons:  Not the best edging and heel hooking
Manufacturer:   Five Ten
By Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief  ⋅  May 9, 2010
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Our Verdict

While I don't think these climbing shoes excel in most departments other than pure friction, they are a good performer across the board. Considering their moderate price of $79 to $99 I think they are a good addition to the quiver if you already have a pair good for edging. These shoes take second place to Five Ten Anasazi VCS for steep bouldering and edging capabilities. But given the big price difference, they should be a consideration. For those of you with wide feet who can't quite squeeze into a pair of Five Ten Moccasyms, the Coyotes offer similar fit, performance, and price. Their main competition is the Mad Rock Flash that is a little less expensive.

Overall, Coyote VCS's are a good all-rounder if you are not hanging out on micro edges all day. They are best for those looking for all-day comfort in most climbing situations. The Five Ten Coyotes are a good value and will take a lot of abuse. They are my go-to shoes for routes that require friction and sensitivity (think Glacier Point Apron).

Our Analysis and Test Results


The Coyote VCS shoes are comfortable right out of the box; there is no break-in period. I forgot my own shoes on a trip to the Valley and bought the VCS's on a whim, then took them up the East Buttress of Middle Cathedral. I was surprised at how comfortable and versatile they were immediately. They are good for cracks but shine when it's friction time. The sensitivity of the sole offers positive feedback from the rock. The leather uppers stretch about a half size, so get them a little snug


Due to the soft nature of the sole, which offers the shoe its great sensitivity, the Coyote VCS is a poor choice for routes with sustained tiny edges. Additionally, they lack a sufficiently snug heel cup for powerful heel hooking.

Other Versions

There is a lace-up version called the Five Ten Coyote Lace. We prefer the Velcro version because it is so fast to get on and off.

Chris McNamara