Five Ten Canyoneer 3

Californian company, Five Ten are well known as a manufacturer of rock climbing shoes, but have branched out into other areas including cycling and canyoning.  Over the last couple of years a number of members of the Jersey Canoe Club have invested in these boots for their regular coasteering sessions, so the question is are they worth the price tag of around £100.
Firstly, they have been redesigned and the large buckles, which characterized the earlier models have been removed.  The immediate consequence of this is that the current versions of this boot are much lighter than previous versions.  The boots are tightened with an easy to use lacing system, with ends of the laces tucked into a small pocket, reducing the possibility of snagging.  The laces allow the boots to the opened wide resulting in a much easier boot to slip on and off, than in the past.  Always appreciated at the end of a long session when you want to get changed quickly.
What really sets these boots apart from other varieties is the use of Stealth S1 Rubber for the sole.  This high friction rubber results in a really high level of friction.  This is perfect for moving across rocks and certainly inspires confidence.  One concern that does arise, is when not everybody in the group is wearing the boots.  The boots give you so much confidence when walking across rocks it is easy to forget that people wearing trainers or wet suit boots are probably really struggling with the conditions underfoot.
Mine have received pretty heavy use, up to 4 or 5 times a week, for just over a year.  I have worn them on a variety of rock types, granite which is hard but with rounded edges and conglomerate, which is softer but with sharper edges so it is more likely to damage the rubber, but they have survived remarkably well.  The soles are showing some wear and tear now and the fabric around the top of the boot is starting to fray in a couple of places but nothing too serious.
What does surprise me is that some visiting kayakers who come to Jersey from the UK wear 5:10’s whilst sea kayaking, something which I wouldn’t contemplate.  The support they provide, when moving across the rocks, results in a boot which is just not flexible enough for sitting in a sea kayak hour after hour.  Keep these boots for the environment in which they excel, the junction between rocks and water.
What I do know is that when they need replacing, which might be next year, the only boots which are in the frame at the present time are another pair of 5:10’s.
If you want to know a bit more about the skills and techniques required for coasteering why not consider purchasing my book “Coasteering: A Practical Guide” from Amazon.

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When moving on steep ground the support and friction of the 5:10’s is really appreciated.
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This mixed ground is where the 5:10’s come into their own. Providing confidence when it is needed the most.
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When jumping the 5:10’s provide a solid base for the take off and support when you hit the water. They also stand out clearly.
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They have certainly become the shoe of choice with the members of the Jersey Canoe Club who are coasteering every week throughout the year.
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My old boots! These show the rather large buckles of the early models.  The more up to date models do not have the buckles.
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After nearly a year of heavy use they are starting to show signs of wear and tear. The toes are slightly damaged and the tops of the boot are just starting to fray. This is after 12 months heavy use so its not surprising.
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The deep tread on the sole is clearly visible

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