Excellent all around mountain shoe
In my opinion, the most important item for climbing 14ers or any mountain is footwear. I believe I had the best in the Nike Air Cinder Cones. My husband and I had climbed many of the 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado, the Grand Teton and 5.8 rock in these shoes. We have used them with lightweight crampons in climbing steep snow on the Bell Cord Couloir on Maroon Bells. I was so disappointed when they decided to discontinue this shoe. I have tried many shoes as replacements but none could even compare until just recently when I found the Exum Guide Multisport shoe by Five Ten. It has everything the Nike Air Cinder Cone had and more. I love the new caged heel for more support while hiking and more rigidity for lightweight crampons. The stealth C4 rubber soles are so grippy on the rock that yesterday we climbed the 2nd Flatiron in Boulder and I thought I had my rock shoes on. In my opinion, this is the best all around, light, mid-high, mountaineering shoe available. I only wish the tongue were about a half an inch higher. I am so happy I could kiss a goat!
Good choice for a niche boot
Very comfortable with Smart Wool's heaviest sock. I've used them on up to 14-mile r.t. climbs, hikes, and scrambles with less discomfort than with most mountain boots I've had, despite the fairly thin sole. Ankle support is OK. Excellent on scrambling. About as good as 5.10 Guide Almightys (essentially same as Guide Tennies) on rock. Have used them on a glacier climb; they take my BD strap-ons fine. Generally fine on moderate snow, but don't try to plunge step aggressively on steep snow: the rounded heels almost guarantees a fall. A design flaw is the gussets: made of a mesh material, no doubt in an effort to save a couple of grams of weight. If you step into a puddle or stream with the water just barely over the toe, water will easily flow into the boot. You'll get the same effect by hiking through wet brush, with or without gaiters. I have not had any problem with wet feet on snow. These boots should be bought primarily as a sticky rubber hybrid approach/alpine rock shoe, but their usability on snow makes them superior to otherwise similar hybrids.
good to go
buy next size up, i use the heavy sole support and the fit is good. heel slipage is minimal with proper lacing. shank is lightweight, sticky rubber is great but i doubt it will last but vibram rubber seems to wear just as fast without being sticky. they are very comfy - did 12 miles right out of the box no problem - last lightweight boot was 4 pairs of patagonia nomads great comfort but the rubber was gone in 3 months...my lowa full leather hikers wear great but they are so uncomfortable that they just sit in the closet - 30% off it was still an ouch but at least the ouch won't happen on the trail....
Decent all-around shoe
I bought these as a replacement for some inexpensive full-leather hikers. I wasn't impressed when I tried to put them on, and the lacing took a while to get right, but otherwise they've been good boots. I hike/climb Fourteeners and other peaks in my area, and wear them on SAR missions as well, and my feet have been quite comfortable the entire time. As others have noted the mesh is not water-resistant, but it helps feet breathe so overall my feet are drier in these than the full-leather gusseted-tongue boots I used to have. Excellent traction as well, about what you'd expect from Five Ten.
I would buy this product again
Shoe is about a 1/4 size to small so size up a 1/2 size over what you usually wear and sizing will be fine. Also, for narrower heal replace insert with either green or orange superfeet. After I did this I had no more heal slippage. Do not know about waterproof concerns that others have raised yet as I have not yet been in the rain. Traction is fantastic just like Camp 4. Will be wearing this boot next several weeks in snow and on ice so will see how it performs.
This is a great approach shoe. I bought them for a Dolomites Via Ferrata trip. This is the perfect shoe for Via Ferratas since they climb really well, but also have lots of cushion so that standing on ladder rungs and metal spikes is comfortable. These make more sense to me for Via Ferratas than the heavier, stiffer boots suggested by the manufacturers.
Watch the size
Using the same size as the Five Ten Savant with Thorlos hiking socks results in bruised toes; consider 1/2 size bigger or use very thin socks.
Although the sole is identical to the Savant, overall traction is not as amazing - perhaps because the Exum Guide is less flexible. It still outshines Vasque Breeze hiking boots with Vibram soles.
So far only have used them for the Whitney climb via Mountaineer's Route. The shoe is a compromise between a trail shoe and climbing (scrambling) shoe, perfect for this particular route. Was hoping to also use for Shasta later this week, but too much snow on the mountain requires stiffer sole.
Great on rock!
Great shoe for scrambling on rock and lightweight hiking. The traction is amazing on the rock. Like the Camp 4 shoe, they take a long time to break in...but once they do, they're comfortable and durable.
Go For It
Use for hiking and lifting. Excellent support, quick break in, extremely comfortable. About 1/4 size small, so i am adapting with thinner sock. Still warm enough during 25 degree hike on ice and snow. Super comfortable.