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Five Ten Anasazi VCS Climbing Shoe
The Five Ten Anasazi VCS is an all-round climbing shoe designed to be a little different: the Anasazi VCS features a flat profile, making it one of the most comfortable "all-round" shoes on the market. Not only that, it's incredibly sensitive. On edges and smears on long multipitch routes, or on granite crack climbs and trad routes with low friction, the Anasazi VCS will undoubtedly reassure you that comfort is sometimes the key to success - it's not all about masochism all the time! It's also a non-aggressive gateway for the beginner seeking a high-performance all-round shoe that can be taken sport climbing or bouldering, indoor or out.
The two versions of the Anasazi VCS come with two different rubbers, so make sure you choose the right one before you buy. The golden tan version uses Onyxx rubber, whereas the blue version uses Stealth C4. Onyxx has a higher hardness ratio than Stealth, so expect it to be more durable and better at edging, whereas Stealth is stickier and better suited for all-round use. Are you purely a vertical edger or do you like to do a bit of everything? Choose a rubber that suits you and your style best.
The Anasazi VCS features a lined synthetic upper, which means there will be the absolute minimum amount of stretch. Remember to size appropriately. If you're looking for a low-volume version, try the Anasazi LV Women's.
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Black / Orange
0.41 kg (Size 40 EU)
Asymmetric Toe Box
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Stealth C4 Rubber
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Stealth® C4™ Rubber
A high-friction rubber used on the majority of Five Ten’s shoes due of its all-round performance and versatility. Five Ten first debuted this rubber on the original approach shoe, the Five Tennie, in 1985, and since then Stealth rubber has always been developed by Five Ten themselves in direct conjunction with their shoes, unlike other shoe manufacturers who outsource their rubber. The result is a rubber that works with your shoe harmoniously.
The hardest of Five Ten’s rubber compounds, Stealth® Onyxx™ is extremely durable and excels at precise edging, making it longer lasting with a higher performance on face climbs.
7 product reviews
I'm climbing in these shoes for 10 years. Every time I bought another type/brand I've been disappointed. Will not buy anything else.
I've been using this shoe for a couple of months now, and I'm quite satisfied. I mainly use them for outdoor sport climbing. They have a very good grip, and are overall quite comfortable out of the box. (i wear the same size as my street shoe) They have a tight fit, and they don't really stretch. I've tried to climb multiple pitches in them, but the pain was unbearable after 3-4 long pitches. I wouldn't recommend them for multipitch use.
As a conclusion i would say that they're worth the money. Great quality and great performance all-around, but not a wear-all-day kind of shoe.
I actually bought this pair to get me through the days while my La Sportiva Miura are resoling. I had previously borrowed this model from a friend of mine and so I knew the size and I knew what I was getting into. The sole is top notch, sticky and rigid enough to give you support in vertical routes. The shoes are incredibly comfortable and I barely know I have them on -- which is a good thing in long routes or when you're on-sighting and need to stop and think. I bought them in my normal street shoe size but in hind-sight I could have gone a half-size lower. However, since they don't tend to stretch I opted not to risk it: I'm not one of those "as-tight-as-humanly-possible" kind of climbers, so I try to live in that performance/comfort knife-edge. Once my Miura come back, I'll be using them mostly for redpoints and keep these ones as my workhorse shoes. The only complaints I have -- hence the 4 stars -- is that the shoe could be a bit more pointy to help in small pocket and the heel is a case of hit-or-completely-miss. Since I'm not one of the lucky ones to have that particular shape of heel, I feel some dead-space in that area, which can be a bit uncomfortable when your pumped and feel the back of your foot wiggling inside the shoe. But, all in all, a very nice piece of kit that I'm hoping will give me great joys in the months to come.
I'm not a professional climber (so don't judge), but the feeling I have on the rocks and indoor in these shoes is awsome. Just fits like a good pair of jeans. It does what is needs to.... comfort and durability. My size in "normal shoes" is UK 7.5 --> Anasazi bought is 6.5 --> after 5 sessions climbing fits perfect !
So this is more a shout-out to those less who are less experienced in the ways of climbing shoes (like myself). I did my research online, and I found that generally it is recommended to go a few sizes down from your normal shoe size. I'm normally a size 5, but I have pretty broad feet and so I decided to be cheeky and try these shoes on at my local indoor climbing centre (knowing full well I was going to order them online and get them cheaper). I am so glad that I did! As an alternative of these shoes exists for those with narrower feet, I was feeling confident that these would feet my own broader feet. However, I found them extremely tight in my normal shoe size, let alone a few sizes smaller. I've been climbing in them a few times now and the pain is starting to subside - I think they will be comfy one day and the grip is fab! But there is no way that I should have gone 2 sizes down. You can be one size one climbing shoe and a totally different size in another - so don't automatically go several sizes down when ordering online!!!!