Approach Hiking Shoes From Five Ten

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hiking in mountains

The most popular approach shoe in the world for mixed terrain, designed as a one-shoe solution for rock climbing and hiking

Men's Guide Tennie Approach Shoes

A lightweight shoe with reliable friction on rough terrain. With an internal rocker to promote a healthier stride and proprietary midsole and outsole package regulating flex and increasing stability, Guide Tennie is the favorite of many guides.

five ten approach shoesFor the price, the Five Ten Guide Tennie is probably the best climbing approach shoe out there for busting 5th class moves.

Very light and grippy, suitable for technical approaches of 3rd, 4th or low 5th class climbing. Of course, the soft, grippy rubber wears fast as well.

Pros: comfortable, lightweight, great dry traction

Cons: low durability

This shoe is good for people with wide feet! Shoes grip really well on rock, gravel, but are a little slippery on say, a smooth surface.

Best uses:  Big wall climbing, alpine rock, cragging.

The shoes have a very precise fit and one size over may be big for climbing in them.


  • ·  Sticky C4 Stealth rubber outsole for great grip and traction
  • ·  Compression molded PU midsole for shock-absorbing cushion
  • ·  Nubuck upper with leather reinforcement and polyester cuffs for abrasion resistance
  • ·  Ankle to toe lacing for enhanced fit and higher performance
  • ·  Technical toe rand for performance and protection


In the mountains, we are proudly wearing 5.10!

Five Ten Camp Four Approach Hiking Shoes

Every day approach shoes that perform solidly in a lot of conditions. All around mountain shoes for approaches, walk offs, trail running, etc.

Camp Four are very popular with guides because they climb well and are beefy enough for many days of hiking. You can hike for miles, scramble with confidence and climb big walls. The tread is aggressive, which gives better traction. The heel cage over the back of the shoes provides a rear-foot support and stability.


women hiking shoesHeavy looking but in fact very light, designed as an alternative to heavier hiking boots (here for women)

Don't expect a single blister or a wince of pain. The extra thick rubber heel and toe cap offer excellent protection on the trails. The big heal cup provides some excellent support and cushion when walking down hills. The lace system really locks your foot in place when needed. They are extraordinarily cushioned so that you do not feel rocks on your feet. Best for normal to wide feet.


The Stealth S1 rubber that coats most of the shoe is great for smearing. The inside of the sole is made of a separate layer of Stealth C4 climbing rubber. The rubber sole is very strong, protective and sticky, suitable for rocky terrain and sharp surfaces. They hold fast on any wet or dry surface - stable on dry rock, wet rock, gravel, mud, and work well even on ice. The Stealth rubber gives you a better grip and more confidence.

The shoes are not waterproof so they provide better breathability. They still protect your feet when hiking in the rain. The thick sole keeps you up out of the wet.

Pros: durable, good all-around performance.

Cons: not great at edging, very bulky for a pack.

Very stylish, stable, and climb well. They have a longer than normal lifespan so they give great overall value.

In search for quality rock climbing shoes?