11 Pros/Cons of Five Ten Team 5.10 Climbing Shoes

Five Ten Team

$175.00 MSRP

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USER RATINGS

4.45/5 based on 88 user ratings.

SPECS

  • Closure System: Single Velcro
  • Upper: Synthetic Microfiber
  • Lining: Synthetic
  • Insole: Microfiber
  • Midsole: None
  • Outsole: 2.5mm Stealth Hf Rubber
  • Last: Slip Last
  • Symmetry: High
  • Profile: Aggressive
  • Sensitivity: High
  • Hardness: Soft
  • Weight: 7.2oz (size 9)
  • Special Features: Extra Toe Protection
  • Color: Team Black
  • Sizes: 3-14 US Men’s
Aggressive Climbing Shoes

AGGRESSIVE

HIGH ASYMMETRY

Soft Climbing

SOFT RUBBER

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Vegan

The Good

  • The majority of users were impressed with the skin tight fit.
  • Users appreciated the ultra sensitive toe for difficult projecting.
  • Based on a number of reviews, many were impressed with the very sticky Stealth Hf rubber.
  • Most all users appreciated the extra rubber protection for bicycle and toe hooks.
  • Testers recognized the Team as a high performing shoe for steep overhanging climbing.
  • Some reviewers commented that they like the shoe's discreet black color.

The Bad

  • Most reviewers felt that although the soft and thin rubber has excellent friction properties, it was not very durable.
  • 5 users claimed to have some dead space heel, but did not effect heel hooking performance.
  • 2 users noted ripped pull tabs.
  • Most users did not think this was a good all around shoe.
  • 1 user claimed the toe box was too narrow for wider feet.

Fit and Sizing

Sizes based on 25 user testimonials.

1/2 Size Up
64%
Stay True
28%
1/2 Size Down
8%

EXPERT REVIEWS

Locations

The Five Ten Team shoes have been used 2-3 times a week, mostly at indoor climbing gyms. I have climbed outside with them only a handful of times at Governor Dodge State Park in Wisconsin, and Red River Gorge in Kentucky.

Five Ten Team Climbing Shoe

Sizing

I sized up half a size from my street shoe for the Teams but they fit very tight. Actually, before climbing in them I had to take them on and off multiple times to loosen them up a bit because they were too painful to climb in.

For comparison my street shoe size is US 12, I wear US 11.5 in Five Ten Hi-Angles and Moccasyms, US 12.5 in Five Ten Blackwings, and Dragons.

Five Ten Team Inside Profile

Fit

My main shoe before trying the Teams was the Five Ten Dragon, and even though they are built on the same last the Teams fit a lot tighter. The rubber protection forces your foot to conform to the shape of the shoe.

The Team shoes fit like a glove, my feet have high arches so the aggressive asymmetry worked well for my foot.

Comfort

The Teams are the least comfortable of the aggressive Five Ten shoes that I have tried. It was a painful process, but I felt they they started to break in after about two weeks. Then they were able to be let on for multiple attempts at boulders with only slight discomfort.

Climbing in Five Ten Teams
Red River Gorge, Kentucky.

Performance

The Teams worked well for my style of climbing which is mostly overhanging sport routes and boulders.

They preformed excellent for helping keeping my body close to the wall, I could toe in hard and pull better with my feet. The soft rubber is great for smearing overhanging features and edges, but they are painful to use for any sort of slab style climbing. Although the edge on the shoe rounded out quick, the soft rubber is better at gripping than supporting so I felt they worked better smearing edges than actually edging.

The toe protection makes it extremely comfortable for toe hooks and bicycle moves. This made them great for camming between holds and hooking into pockets on roof style boulders.

The protective toe rubber looks to be at least 2mm thick and covers almost the whole toe box. The upper is stiffer because it is reinforced with rubber that preserves the shape of the shoe. It keeps your foot pointing down under tension and reinforces the arch of the shoe without reducing sensitivity in the toe.

They preformed great for heel hooking, the arch of the shoe allows for a lot of pulling power. Since the extended heel rubber is thinner than other Five Ten models, the heel has less of an edge, I still do not know what I prefer.

Its difficult to keep the Teams on for more than a few attempts at a boulder problem but they are easily taken off. They are easier to take off than put on. When they are broken in, they are quicker to put on than the lace up Five Ten Dragon shoe.

Sensitivity

The standout feature of the Five Ten Teams is the Stealth Hf rubber which has a stickier feel on the Team because its 1mm thinner than the other aggressive models. Thinner rubber on the Team is more flexible and grips just a little bit better than thicker Stealth rubber.

The sensitive toe worked great for times where you need a very precise foot and situations where you have to somehow match feet.

Durability

The Teams lasted me about 3 months of moderate use before the rand wore through on each shoe. Its difficult to really critique durability on the Team shoe because the sensitive features that make the shoe perform well also make it less durable. I was a bit disappointed  because the toe still had some rubber to use, but fortunately they can still be resoled.

Rand Wear on Five Ten Teams
The seam split where the outsole meets the rand.

Apart from the rand, the shoes had stitching come apart on the elastic tongue, and one of the inside pull tabs ripped through a section of rubber. Neither of these affected the shoe performance at all, if anything it made them a bit easier to put on.

Damage on Five Ten Team
Inside and outside pull tab damage.

I am impressed with how well the rubber is shaped and bonded to the shoe. It is well protected, ergonomic, and I have yet to notice any rubber de-lamination.

Loose Stitching on Five Ten Team
Stitching coming apart on elastic tongue.

Value

The Five Ten Team shoes are expensive, they cost $175 retail. In my case, even though the rand rubber wore out quickly, I feel that their performance made up for durability issues.

The lack of support from a more rigid sole makes the Team not good all-around, but makes for a highly sensitive performance bouldering and sport climbing shoe. Even though they preform well on vertical terrain they can become especially painful on longer routes, and very uncomfortable on slab.

I would recommend the Five Ten Team shoes if you are looking for a high performance shoe that you can specially reserve for overhanging climbing where toe and heel hooks are necessary.

Chris F – Level 3 Expert

Chris F


I am a climbing route setter and a geek for the best gear. My passion for conquering fears, testing myself and putting together puzzles has driven my fascination with climbing. I primarily boulder, and sport climb, but I have dabbled in all aspects of climbing.

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