Eats Up Sandstone. Smedges Like a Dream.
Right after moving to Chattanooga I started climbing in 5.10 Guide Tennies and I haven't put on any performance climbing shoes since. I know this made me give up climbing performance initially, but the comfort and support are top notch and the sticky rubber sole allows for a smedging technique that once you get used to makes the Tennie as effective as any other climbing shoe (if not more effective on the sometimes blank yet oh so textured sandstone around here). I was delighted when 5.10 came out with the Daescent as it has turned out to be a hybrid between the Tennie and performance climbing shoes. There is less support on the Daescent, but this comes at the value of much more sensitivity and allows for more precise foot placements. This has translated into greater climbing performance. I would highly recommend these shoes for someone who wants a comfortable alternative to the standard climbing shoe. I got my first pair tight (size and a half down from street shoe) and they were slightly unbearable at first but soon molded in to a nice snug fit like you’d get in a performance shoe. I then got a second pair a size up from that (a half down from street shoe) and the shoes went from wearable for an hour to wearable all day. There is a negligible difference in the climbing performance between the super tight and comfy fit. Lastly I’d say socks can make a big difference and a nice thick pair of hiking socks (Smart Wool for example) can help to increase performance in the comfy pair without giving up the comfort.
Just what I needed!
Basically, if I'm not working, I'm wearing these shoes. I usually wear around 10 1/2 in street/casual shoes and bought a pair of 11's to play it safe. Those were too small for every day uses, so I exchanged them for 11 1/2, which was perfect for my intended use.
Because of the way the rubber is wrapped around the end, if you go small and you're experience is anything like mine, you're toe will hit the end of the shoe and it'll be uncomfortable. The half size made alll the difference in the world.
This'll be my 4th year climbing and I don't expect to ever use these to replace my Gallileos (or regular climbing shoe for that matter) when I'm on the rock, but for casual mountain biking or long approaches, it doesn't get better than these.
To sum it up: I wear a 10 1/2 in Gallileos for climbing. A 10 1/2 in these will feel maybe slightly loser than that climbing shoe.
11's in my case were still too uncomfortable for approaches, biking, walking etc, but the full size larger (11 1/2) were perfect!
I will be buying another pair of these ASAP!
Worth Every Penny
I absolutely love these shoes, I wear them almost everyday to class. Their super comfortable, light, and easy to slip on and off, BUT they do have some cons. This is climbing shoe rubber on the bottom so keep that in mind, the least bit of sand that gets on the bottom they loose a lot of traction. Also i wore these things down to a sport climb that was just off a river, it had been raining the day before and was snowing at the time, needless to say these things aren't water proof. I live about 25 minutes away from Horse Pens and these are perfect for a day out there, or going up to sand rock. I would recommend these to anyone but when the weather calls for it, wear boots. Other then that, they're perfect.
I've found these shoes to be perfect for two situations:
1. Easier climbs... they have great grip and climb well in moderate terrain.
2. Long climbs with long walk off descents... they are so light weight that I can clip them on the back of my harness and I hardly know that they are there. Upon reach the top, I switch shoes and haul the chili down.
They are comfortable and I love them so much that I ordered two extra pair, so that when they are discontinued (as all shoes seem to be sooner or later), I'll since be in business.
I was advised to buy a half or full size larger than what I usually wear. I wear an 11 so I ordered a 11.5 for my Daescents, which was a mistake. This shoe needs to be snug in order to avoid feeling like it's going to slip off. I would recommend buying your true size. Also, put some long-distance running insoles in them if you're going to be running or jumping. Awesome durability at the nose of the shoe, great grip, nice fit, lightweight, and they look cool too.
I bought these to replace my five ten ba51cs. These shoes are nice and durable and the rubber on these suckers are stickier then my climbing shoes. They fit well and have decent padding. Only con if it applys is you should not use a pair of these walking on snow ice or wet polished tile.... Trust me. Other than that theyre great fit well and look pretty good to boot...
Good tech ability on a light shoe
These are a great shoe for the money. The fit is very much a climbing shoe fit, so if you are looking for a casual trainer these are not the shoes for you. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a light weight approach shoe that climbs really well (I've felt comfortable on 5.10's in these shoes).
Cool kicks but a little snug.
I usually wear a 12-12.5 in street shoes but even the 13s in these shoes were a bit too snug. I have always liked 5.10's minimalist approach shoes like the old "retro tennies" and I was psyched on these. I only wish I could get another half size bigger.
Shoes work perfectly. I used them for an entire week at coopers rock, WV right when I got them and they performed perfectly. Since then, I have used them a couple of times for light hikes and easy bouldering problems. They do exactly what they are supposed to do.
a very solid shoe
These shoes are awesome. feel about a size smaller then other brands, for example i wear a 9 in asics running shoes and a 10 in these five ten shoes. very light and comfortable and for the light weight material are surprisingly durable.