Five Ten Crawe Climbing Shoe
The Crawe is a semi-aggressive climbing shoe made for sport climbing and bouldering. A moderate downturn and stiffer flex along with a pointy and concave toe box give you a precise shoe with plenty of power in the toes and support to stand on tiny edges. The Crawe has Five Ten's famously sticky Stealth C4 on the sole so no matter what your standing on you can trust your foot is going to stick. The heel is covered in Stealth® HF which makes it very sensitive as well as super sticky so you can get as much out of those heel hooks as possible. The Crawe has a snug, sock-like fit and an upper made from Synthetic microfibre - Primeknit which is breathable, comfortable and moulds to your foot giving you an amazing fit.
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Matte Black / Red
0.39 kg (Size 40 EU)
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HF stands for "high friction", and that's just what you get. The HF compound requires less downward force to achieve friction, meaning that it excels on overhanging terrain where the feet exert less power than the arms.
1 product review
First, these shoes have C4 rubber (EpicTV has it listed as HF), more stiff than the Aleon, about as stiff as the new Hiangle.
This shoe is what I thought the Aleon would be, forefoot is quite flat and stiff, very, very comfortable. Foot rests flat in the shoe, think Skwama with less toe curl, or perhaps Butora Acro Wide.
With how flat the forefoot is, I don’t think the shoe should be sized too aggressively, but I’ll have a better impression once the shoe is properly broken in.
The heel is relaxed, not as much as the Aleon, but does make me wonder about aggressive heel hooks. I tend to wear my street shoe in 5.10 shoes and that’s what I ordered. Overall the fit feels right, though I do have a bit of air when I go from standing on my toes to heels on the ground. I’m tempted to try a half size smaller, but I really don’t think the performance (besides heel hooks) would be much better, given how stiff and flat the forefoot is. At that point, might as well just pull out Hiangles.
The fabric on the inner sides of the shoes that the Velcro attaches to sits loose and looks a bit out of place, but I don’t think will negatively effect performance.
Overall, really great first impression, looking forward to climbing in them. With all the gym closures, hopefully I’ll get outside within the next weekend or two.