Five Ten Men's Blackwing

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The Five Ten Men's Blackwing Shoe. Think Dragon with a Velcro closure. The padded tongue has a super soft, fleecy microfiber lining. It wicks sweat and gives the top ofyour foot support and comfort, no matter what the angle. The new Blackwing fits like a glove, but slides on easily. The team shoe heel cup is extra snug and the outsole is specifically designed for ultimate friction on overhanging rock.

FEATURES of the Five Ten Men's Blackwing Shoe.

Midsole:

  • Hard midsole stiffness

Lining and Layers:

  • Padded tongue features a super-soft, fleecy microfiber lining that wicks sweat & prevents hot spots

Fit:

  • Glove-like fit with easy entry

Support and Cushioning:

  • Exquisite blend of support and comfort

Outsole:

  • Gently downturned outsole
  • Stealth Rubber Outsole

Features:

  • Velcro Closure
  • Built for precision and power
  • Dragon Stifner
Rock/Creek Outfitters

Think Dragon with a Velcro® closure when you think of the men's Five Ten Blackwing. Five Ten's top competitive climbers swear by the Blackwing’s precision and power. Yet you don’t have to be racking up 5.14s to appreciate the Blackwing’s exquisite blend of support and comfort. The padded tongue has a super-soft, fleecy microfiber lining that wicks sweat preventing hot spots. The gently downturned outsole helps you pull into the rock, like a monkey uses its feet. The Blackwing has a glove-like fit with easy entry.


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Scale incredible heights in this user-friendly climbing shoe that still showcases the state-of-the-art technology of Five Ten™.
Synthetic upper materials conforms to the shape of the foot and also slides on easily.
Secure Velcro® closures for an easy on and off.
Padded tongue with a microfiber lining made of super soft fleece that helps wick away moisture.
Team shoe heel cup is extra snug.
Stealth® Mystique™ outsole is a brutally tough rubber that's designed to be lightweight with twice the endurance of other rubbers. The exotic ingredients receive off-the-chart marks on the PICO abrasion resistance test.
Made in the U.S.A.
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Also available for: Women
Closure:Velcro
Material:Cowdura
Outsole:Stealth Mystique
Shoe Sole:Stealth HF Rubber
Shoe Upper:Cowdura
Upper:Cowdura / 3-D Polytechnic
Weight:(Size 9) 7.16 oz/ 203 g Each
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Five Ten Blackwing Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Comparison to Jet 7's

I am primarily a gym rat. Climb v6+ indoors, v4-5 outdoors. I have a wide foot and go through 2-4 pairs of shoes annually.

I have been climbing in the Jet 7s for the past year or so and LOVE them. I was not happy to find out the Jets are going away, but you have to move on. I have a wide foot (read EE street shoe) but the fit of the Jet 7s and anazasis were good for my foot type. I wear a size 8 street shoe, size 8 Jet7 and Anasazi but went with the 8 1/2 Blackwing. Glad I did, the size is definately very tight. If you have a narrow foot you may be able to get away with this shoe being the same as street shoe size. I did a side by side comparison with my Jets and the Blackwings were a tad smaller than my Jets, even though it is a 1/2 size larger.

Just got my Blackwings last night and headed straight for the gym. The shoe went on great, the tounge and velcro construction let me get my foot in there. I had issues getting my foot into a Team Five Ten shoe because of the slipper design. The rubber is top of the line stealth, so it's awesome. I did some heavy heel hooks and the the heel did not slip. This heel feels like the Jet 7 heel, which was the first Five Ten heel I had that fit snuggly. I did some overhang toe hooks and it performed OK, not as good as the Jets. The toe sensitivity and edging was superior to the Jets.

This shoe is a high performance shoe. It is going to be uncomfortable. I love this shoe for those looking to do v4+ bouldering and I would not want to wear these on a long pitch sport climbing outdoors. I highly recommend these shoes.
Kelly at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 11/11/2010
This is my second pair of rock climbing shoes. My first pair are Evolv Bandits which are also great. I bought these to experiment with different types of shoes and an upgrade. I bought these shoes in 9's (my Evolv's are 9's also). I, not knowing how other FiveTen shoes fit, based my guess on trying on a different shoe that had the same downturned design. When they came in I was worried that my feet wouldn't even get in, but they did with a little bit of effort. My toes are curled, and the heel is like a glove. The padding on the tongue is nice too. Plus they look oh so cool. I brought these to the gym to try them out, and immediately felt the difference of the rubber. It's super sticky. Then during a warm-up traverse I noticed how precise you can be with the toe. I could stand on some of the tinier footchips with ease. After a couple climbs I have to take them off because my feet are in pain. I notice that if you keep this shoe on longer, they mold to your feet due to your feet sweating. If you take them off for some drying time, they're back to being super tight again.
Anonymous - customer at Zappos.com on 04/23/2011

Great shoe for steep sport or bouldering

I've been using these shoes for about 8 months now, and they are great. I primarily use these shoes for climbing on steep stuff, and the toe is great for grabbing onto the rock, especially on small stuff.

Different shoes fit differently on everyone. Also, there differerent shoes for different stles of climbs, and this is one of 3 shoes I use in my arsenal. I use these mostly on steep limestone in American Fork, or conglomerate rock at Maple Canyon.

My street size is 11.5, and I downsized these to 10.5. At first, I was concerned that these wouldn't fit my wide feet, but I would use a plastic bag to shoe horn my feet in slowly, and these shoes broke in perfectly to fit my feet.

The rubber has been green, but the last has shown wear on the puffy red part of the outside. Not a huge deal, but I can imagine more wear if someone isn't careful like I am.

I wish more shoe companies would use the same taco-stle velco for easy on/off of shoes. This is much simpler than slipper-style or lace, especially for those of us with high arches.
Rayden8 at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 05/05/2012

Good shoes, heel could be better

Pretty decent shoes for overhanging bouldering. I sized same as street, 10.5 US and dont think I could really benefit from going any smaller. (for more ref; 9 in Mocs, 27.5 true Mondo size)

They feel really tight when I first out them on but after 20mins they soften up and mold to my feet comfortably enough I can leave them on for up to about an hour in the gym just fine. I have low volume feet with a skinny ankle and most 5.10s never fit my foot right. The fit on these are miles better then the other Five Ten agressive shoes but I feel the fit could still be better on the heel. There is still pockets of dead space around the heel, fine for basic heel-hooks but not the most secure for desperate cranking.

I climb in the v5/6 range, for anything under that you are better off with a more comfortable and versatile shoe.
Shelton at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 01/01/2012

High Performance Boulder/Sport Shoe

These are the most aggressive pair of climbings shoes that i have worn. The shoe is design for high level shouldering,and sport climbing. If you are climbing V5/6+ or 5.11's then these shoes would work good for you. If not, I would recommend a pair of Anasazi instead.

These shoes took a while to break in because they are fully synthetic. But after the breakin period ( about 1 month, climbing 2 times a week at the gym) they became manageable to wear. Before i couldn't wear them for more than 10mins, but now i can keep them on for about 30 mins. The Velcro really helps in allowing you to remove and put them back on quickly.

Sizing, i had to size up 1 size from my street shoe. (9.5 street, 10.5 blackwing). But I also have wide foot.

I recommend this to any looking to get to the next higher level.
Rocking the Mike at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 05/05/2011

High Performance Bouldering/Sport Shoe

These are the most aggressive pair of climbings shoes that i have worn. The shoe is design for high level shouldering,and sport climbing. If you are climbing V5/6+ or 5.11's then these shoes would work good for you. If not, I would recommend a pair of Anasazi instead.

These shoes took a while to break in because they are fully synthetic. But after the breakin period ( about 1 month, climbing 2 times a week at the gym) they became manageable to wear. Before i couldn't wear them for more than 10mins, but now i can keep them on for about 30 mins. The Velcro really helps in allowing you to remove and put them back on quickly.

Sizing, i had to size up 1 size from my street shoe. (9.5 street, 10.5 blackwing). But I also have wide foot.

I recommend this to any looking to get to the next higher level.
Rocking the Mike at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 05/05/2011

dragon evolution

Fits just like my dragons but the heel is a little different, perhaps a small degree larger. The feel is more like a jet7 heel I think, although I am aware it is touted to be the same as the team heel. The closure system is great, very comfortable and lends itself well to quick on/off donning for bouldering sessions. Same agressive shape and feel of the dragons, and they are beautiful. The materials used are burly and this appears to be my favorite shoe by any company so far! They'll be excellent for ANYTHING overhung, my favorite style of climbing! I can not wait to destroy these in Bishop this fall!! I would suggest going with your street shoe size. I wear a 10.5-11 street shoe so I bought a 10.5 in these and it's a great fit.
ROSECITYCLIMBER at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 10/10/2010

nice, so far!

These shoes are sweet. They have a really nice soft lining, they are easy to get into, and they climb well--very downturned.

I find them to be longer and "skinnier" than the lace-up Dragons, which I had previously in the same size (11.5, my street is 12), so they fit my feet better--they seem to have about the same amount of total space, but they are not as "tall" if that makes sense, and allow the toes to remain curled but not be totally folded. Definitely preferable.

They climb really well--as good as the Dragons. I don't notice much of a difference in the heel, which is apparently like the Teams, but that's a good thing. Try them on if you can, and if they fit your feet well, they will make you happy.
KirbyC at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 04/04/2011

Dragon with a velcro closure

I climb mostly limestone sport routes (5.11-.13) and boulder outside (V5-8)/ inside (V5-9). This shoe is my go-to-shoe for hard boulders and cruxy sport routes. The sizing is a little difficult to get at first (I wear an Anasazi VCS size 11, Mocc size 10, Project size 10.5, Testarossa 42.5) as I wear a 12 in the Blackwing. Smearing performance is not compromised and it's sensitivity is almost unparalleled. The heel fits very similar to the Team shoe, which is a major plus for those who hate Five Ten's traditional heel fit. I have no dead space in my heel. I would highly recommend this shoe to anyone that is looking for a competition-worthy shoe and seeking to better their skills.
ultrarnr89 at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 05/05/2012

Great new shoe from 5.10

These are excellent shoes for steep climbing. These feel very similar to the old 5.10 V 10 shoe. The down-turned asymmetrical design allows you to dig into pockets and front-point on small edges with equal aplomb. 5.10 has also resurrected their low volume heel from their older shoes with this new model as this is the best fitting heel I have had on a 5.10 shoe in years. The only gripe I have with the shoe is the sizing, I am a 40.5 in the Anasazi Velcro, a 42 in the Team and a 43 in the Blackwing. So be warned, the shoe runs small and narrow.
Matt at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 07/07/2011

Neutral Reviews:

Not exactly what I expected

Okay, so I was really hopeful with these shoes. The dragons are my favorite shoes, so it would follow that I would love these shoes since they've been touted by everyone as velcro dragons. But, they're a little softer than the dragons, not as bad as the Jet 7's, but I was expecting a stiffer shoe. My last pair of shoes were the Teams. The heel is supposed to be the same as these, but it felt a little looser. I did get them in a half size too big it seems. They are the same size as my Teams, but run a half size bigger than either the Dragons or Teams. But, if you want something in between the Dragons and Jet 7s, then these might be for you.

Also, and this is my biggest complaint, the fabric on the top is cracking, and this happened a few days after I got them. I've since applied some stealth paint to the toe box to increase durability. The cracking could be superficial, as in the horizontal lines just tend to crack, but I'm worried that since they are attached so well to the fabric underneath, they will start to degrade this fabric.

It's a decent shoe, but nothing special.
Sundunny at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 03/03/2011