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Five Ten Galileo Review

Five Ten Galileo
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Price:  $135 List
Pros:  Great edging, sticky rubber.
Cons:  Expensive, not the most sensitive.
Manufacturer:   Five Ten
By Chris McNamara and Chris Summit  ⋅  Apr 25, 2010
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The Skinny

Five Ten discontinued the Galileo in 2014.

This is a stiff and supportive, high performance shoe with a similar pointed toe design as the Five Ten Anasazi VCS (Velcro) model. It offers very precise front point edging that translates to great performance in small pockets and micro edges. It is stiff and precise.

However, that awesome edging comes from a stiffness that makes them a little less sensitive than the Five Ten Anasazi VCS. Overall we like the Anasazi VCS a little better and it's cheaper. But if you really want super precise edging, this shoe is hard to beat. Another shoe to compare it against is the La Sportiva Miura VS.


Our Analysis and Test Results

Likes


The Five Ten Galileo excels at edging on little, precise front point edges. We also like the heel fit that seems to be better than the Five Ten Anasazi VCS. It has nice beefy and durable Velcro straps.

Dislikes


These are a little stiff at first and not as sensitive as other climbing shoes. That is the tradeoff for them being such great edging shoes.

Best Application


These excel at steep edging on sport climbs and bouldering. For example, the Buttermilks in Bishop where precise edging is often much more important than sensitivity and smearing.

Value


These are not cheap. But they are some of the more durable Velcro shoes we have used.


Chris McNamara and Chris Summit