Five Ten Galileo

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The Five Ten Galileo rock shoe is a lightweight climbing shoe developed by Five Ten's European R&D Team, and then perfected in their Redlands testing facility. The Galileo is designed as a high-performance VELCRO® brand shoe for high-level climbing. This is a stiff shoe and very supportive, utilizing Five Ten's new Stealth Onyx rubber. 
You'll want to size this shoe as you would a street shoe; you will not benefit from an undersized shoe.

Lining and Layers:

  • Lined synthetic uppers keep stretch to a minimum


  • Padded split tongue

Support and Cushioning:

  • Stiff, supportive shoe


  • Lightweight
  • Hook-and-loop closures make it quick and easy to put on and take off these shoes
  • Velcro closure
  • Stealth Onyxx rubber provides top-notch friction on technical pitches
  • First shoe to use new super-sticky Onyx rubber
  • Slightly stiff sole allows edging performance when it really matters
This lightweight climbing shoe was developed by Five-Ten's European R&D team, and perfected in their Redland's testing facility.
Designed as a high-performance hook and loop closure shoe for high-level climbing.
Non-stretching, lined synthetic cowdura.
Hook-and-loop closure with a padded split tongue.
Stealth® Onyx rubber sole technology.
A stiff and very supportive shoe.
From the boulders to the big walls, the stiff, supportive Five Ten Galileo Climbing Shoe is the all-around rock ace’s weapon of choice. The lined Cowdura synthetic upper and split, padded tongue provide a comfortable fit, and the thick 4.2mm Stealth Onyxx rubber sole gives you solid support and gecko-like friction on any rock type.
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Shoe Profile:Moderate Profile
Sole:Stealth Onyxx
Upper:Lined Cowdura Synthetic
Weight:7.2 oz / 204.5 g (size 9)
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Five Ten Galileo Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Alright love these shoes, however it did take a bit of time to break in, and they get really hot.
For the fit out of the box they are tight, but in the wrong way for me. I feel that the toe box could have been a bit wider, and the heel should be slightly narrower and tighter too allow for the stretch to come. The rubber is awesome the design of the opening is a step up from my montrail indexes, they are much easier to put on, and now that the toe area has stretched they are quite enjoyable. I do however worry about the heel. It feels like there is empty space that might end up causing the shoe to slip. I have don plenty of heel hooking (even some totally unnecessary heel hooking lol)in them and no trouble what so ever so I am not going to dock it for that. My main complaint was toe box before breaking in though I still have to get my feet in just right, and how ridiculously hot they get. I can live with discomfort because generally it goes away once I start climbing and there is always the knowledge that they just have to be broken in, but the heat I don't like. The shoes are perfect at the gym, but in any whether above 85 they get hot. I climbed a route in them to clean after a buddy of mine had finished his first outdoor route, and I burnt my big toe enough to get a blister setting up to repel after I was done. I thought it was because of the heat out side, which was 114 F at the hottest time of the, however I was at the gym and the air conditioner was off or something and my feet got really hot, nothing unbearable but boy was I glad to get them off at the end of the route. All in all still a good shoe just wish they were perforated in the synthetic material and the tongue was more breathable.

mgg2870680 at on 07/13/2010

I've been climbing for about a year and a half. The first pair of shoes I had were 5.10 Gambits. I loved them, but since they were my first pair, I took horrible care of them as I had a lot to learn. To keep it brief, I put off buying new shoes because I didn't want to rely on equipment to become a better climber. I finally broke down and got these and wish I would have months ago.
These shoes are incredible. I've owned them for about two months and climbed with them inside and out. First off, this is my first pair of velcro shoes and will never buy lace ups again. This shoe is so snug and fits just right without causing any pain. I can sit in my harness trying to figure out a problem or catch my breath for long periods of time without ever feeling any discomfort from these shoes. When I reach the ground again, they're off in seconds without any struggle.
It goes without saying 5.10's Stealth Onyx rubber is amazingly sticky while retaining its strength. They have a nice, sturdy and comfortable heel for hooking. Toe space is snug but not too tight. The edges are great, I am able to use the smallest of holds where it would be impossible in my old shoes. After I got these shoes, I actually improved quite a bit thanks to the help of these.
I want to keep this brief so you'll read it. I love these shoes and recommend trying them on.

Matttt at on 06/23/2010

The Galileos were the first pair of shoes I bought for myself. I wear a 10-10.5 street shoe, and I bought 42.0s in the Galileo. They were excruciating for the first month or so, but soon fit like a glove. Mind you, they still ate my feet up on multi-pitch, but for the short stuff these shoes were a dream. They edge on a sliver, stick to glass, and actually turned my feet down a lot more than this picture would have you believe.
That said, I also experienced many of the small issues mentioned in other reviews, but none of them affected the performance of this workhorse. The velcro straps do indeed come long and quickly wore out on the ends, but the ends are hanging over, so who cares? The rubber DID separate slightly from the uppers, but again, this was only ever a superficial concern for me. I'm sure the white uppers on the shoe would get filthy in a hurry, but I actually decorated them with sharpies, so I loved em.
The Galileos have served me well, and it took over a year of constant abuse before Josh granite finally ripped two irreparable flappers in the soles. RIP.

Tim T. at on 05/25/2011

Awesome Shoes, Fits a bit tight

After beating the stuff out of my old pair of 5.10 Spires I went looking for a new rock shoe. I stu,bled upon the Galileos after looking at what 5.10 had to offer. I was able to try on a pair of Anasazi shoes, and they fit a little loose for me at size 12 and too tight at size 11. I thought these shoes would fit similarly but I was wrong. These shoes run about a half size smaller. I tried a pair of 11.5 galileos and they made my toes scream after a while. I have a size 12 pair on the way and I feel like they should work well.

The rubber on the shoe is second to none. Gym holds stick like glue. I have yet to try them outside, but I don't think they would have a problem. The stiff sole would definitely help with the cracks.

Overall they seem to be a good buy and most versitile shoe out there.
Dougie Fresh at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 11/11/2008

I was hoping that these would be a stiff velcro equivalent to my beloved Anasazi Verdes.
Compared to Anasazi Verde they're slightly stiffer, with a similar fit and better, deeper heel cup and a much less tensioned rand.
At first I was disappointed with their performance, but at some point realized that as an all-around trad and moderate sport shoe, they're fantastic as they're comfortable and high performance enough. However, it's not a stiffer anasazi, rather a very different sort of shoe. Comfortable enough for cracks and multipitch, precise enough for face climbing.
Super steep or techy climbing and they won't hold a candle to the anasazi. However, I reach for the galileo more often than either my anasazis or my huecos. I've climbed up to easy 5.12 at Smith, plenty of Jtree moderates, and plenty of time in the gym.
They do stretch out a tad, but nothing like a leather shoe.
I don't think they're very stiff, but I weigh 190 lbs and wear a size 13.

pbep70815 at on 10/28/2012

I got these a few weeks ago and have been satisfied with them. I have been wearing katanas for the last four years as my all around shoe and have never liked the fit of the heel. So i decided to try 5.10. They were pretty tight for the first, but seem to be stretching. I think they climb slightly better than the katanas and fit much better in the heel, however the katanas are leather and fit pretty darn well in the toe box. If these stretch a bit more they will be my favorite shoe for all around climbing. My biggest issue with shoes is that my 2nd and 3rd toe are as long as my big toe.
Street shoe 12
Katana 43.5
Galileo 11
muira vs 43.5
copperhead 11
Evolvz - don't fit me

mrf100279460 at on 04/18/2012

different but good would buy again

Theses shoes are great so far I do feel they are a bit narrow but just on one foot so this gives me blisters on my pinky toe. Hopping they will be better once the rand securing the heel stretches a bit but even if it doesn't I would still buy another pair in the same size I would just continue wearing my montrails at the gym and my galileos every where else because they are perfect when climbing but stand on them they hurt my feet which is strange kinda. Bring some easy slip on shoes when you hit your routes because when you are done you w=will want to take them off keeps them cleaner and more comfy for your feet.
Ecdycis at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 06/06/2010

Very stiff shoe, fabric doesn't flex at all making a very powerful shoe.
It excels at hard vertical to slightly over hung routes that require precise edging.
If you size a little larger they would work well for long slab work, or long routes that you need to stand on an edge for a while.
I prefer a more sensitive shoe if there is much smearing involved.
They have hard rubber and don't work the best for hard overhung bouldering.
I would say the lack of sensitivity and the hardness of the rubber that make them excel with precise edging on hard routes...make them junk for bouldering period.
Make sure you get the right tool for the job.

jer3162648 at on 05/04/2010
These shoes are great for edging and support your foot well. The toebox is roomy, which gives some relief when sizing tightly. After a few climbs the uppers give very slightly, providing a snug, but not painful fit. The padded upper liner is comfortable. I bought these at my street shoe size and my toes are moderately curled. The heel design is comfortable and was solid on my last bouldering trip. The heel height and angle are high, but it gets more comfortable after breaking-in. It will fit higher volume feet better than narrow, low-volume feet. Mine are toward the narrow end, but the velcro straps cinch up well. Great shoe!
Anonymous - customer at on 07/23/2009
Phenomenal For Edging - I found these shoes to be great for edging. The Onyx is nice and sticky and the last is nice and supportive. The shoes feel good in the gym but are a little stiff for my taste as far as bouldering and steep are concerned. If you're on vert or tech there is no other choice (aside from the anasazi lace-ups). A great all-around shoe. If you had to choose one shoe for everything this would be the pair. They stretch a bit once broken in so take that into account when sizing. Over all pretty true to size as far as climbing shoes go.
Sinatra - customer at on 10/23/2008

Neutral Reviews:

Well at first I loved them they have great rubber and fit well once broken in. I still really want to love them however many problems have occurred to me. First and for most is the heel. I got these in a size 10 and I wear an 11 in street shoes so they should have been fairly tight at first which they were however instead of stretching and filling out the heel they stretch primarily around the toes so even broken in these shoes have too much space for me in the heel and if adjustments are made during a heel hook the heel pops off unless you pull it back up first. Second the velcro is too long and wares out much too quickly. Finally if you to hook much the rubber in this area separates from the fabric after a few weeks. Bought these shoes in May and already have quite a bit of ware the toe rubber I can deel with but the velcro is annoying. The heel is unacceptable for me. On a positive note the rubber is great and the shoes edge on most anything. They smear well and heel hook well while they stay in place.

mgg2870680 at on 10/13/2010

I wear size 9 US street shoe and got these in 8.5. I could barely get them on. Returned them for a 9, but there is still a pretty painful pressure point on both big toes. My feet are about average--not too wide or narrow, no weird protrusions. After about 15 times at the gym, they've stretched a bit. Excellent performance despite the pain; we'll see how it goes when I've gotta wear 'em for a couple of hours on a route.

rarephotobooks7012306883 at on 03/31/2011