17 Pros/Cons of Five Ten Blackwing Climbing Shoes

Five Ten Blackwing

$165.00 MSRP

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The Five Ten Blackwing has been discontinued for 2018. 

User Ratings

4.2/5 based on 67 user ratings.

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  • Closure System: Double Velcro
  • Upper: Synthetic Cowdura
  • Lining: None
  • Insole: None
  • Midsole: None
  • Outsole: 3.5mm Stealth Hf Rubber
  • Last: Slip Last
  • Symmetry: High Asymmetry
  • Profile: Aggressive
  • Sensitivity: High
  • Hardness: Soft
  • Weight:
  • Special Feature: 
  • Color: Blue, Pink
  • Sizes: 2-15 US Men’s, 4-11 US Womens
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The Good

  • Great for overhanging sport climbing or bouldering.
  • Precise edging.
  • Sticky rubber.
  • Easy to get on and off.
  • Comfortable padded tongue.
  • Works well for heel hooks.
  • 6 users thought they are good for toe hooks.
  • 5 users mention they work well for wide feet
  • 3 users thought they are comfortable.
  • 2 users though they are good for smearing.
  • 1 user was happy that the shoe was lightweight.

The Bad

  • 7 users thought they are bad for toe hooks.
  • 3 users thought they are too aggressive for slab.
  • 2 users reported a baggy heel that still performed well.
  • 2 users mentioned they are difficult to break in.
  • 1 user had ripped stitching around the pull tabs.
  • 1 user was unhappy with the heel stiffness.

Fit and Sizing

Sizes based on 46 user testimonials.

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The History of Five Ten

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