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Five Ten Guide Tennie Reviews

57 reviews
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Overall Rating:

88%Rated 5 stars

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Customer Fit Survey:

65% "Felt a half size smaller than marked"

93% "Felt true to width"

79% "Moderate arch support"

56 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 5/28/06
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Great Shoe with a Terrific Fit - When looking for an approach shoe, one must remember that these shoes vary widely in function, similar to how soft shells vary widely in warmth and breathe ability. The Guide Tennie is a very technical approach shoe designed to support the primary activity of climbing. This shoe's fit is similar to a rock climbing shoe. Note: I also own the Prodigy by Five Ten, which one could wear all day long at home, on the trail, where ever, in complete comfort and then climb "ok" too. The Guide Tennie will walk in fair comfort, but climb very well. Some say that this shoe fit is too low in volume and that one should buy one size over, or complained about arch support and comfort. It's important to understand that this shoe is made for climbing primarily, walking secondarily. I bought two pairs of this shoe, one oversized, and the pair that corresponded to my foot size did turn out to be correct. The shoes have a very precise fit and one size over may be big if you really want to climb in them. I talked with the folks at 5-10 also and they did NOT know that some people recommend buying a size over. In sum, if you want a climbing shoe that will approach, buy the Guide Tennie. If you want a shoe that has great comfort and can climb somewhat, then but something else like the Prodigy, or the Insight both made by 5-10. Finally, for approaches, this shoe is not as aggressive in scrambling as the Prodigy, its best on straight forward trails. So when considering how serious you are about climbing in this shoe, also consider how good it needs to be for rugged, steep, approaches that may have talus, etc.

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1 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 1/27/06
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:2 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Don't believe the hype - I've read reviews about this pair of shoe from a couple of websites and all but one reviews were good. I should have taken note of the review that indicated this shoe had problems. The look is great but poor arch support, width ok but the biggest problem (and disappointment) is the sole. I found the soles were quite slippery on all the surfaces I walked on. It has an ok grip on rocks and cement but very slippery on grass etc. Maybe I had a defective pair but I don't recommend buying it unless you are planning on walking on a really, really dry and rugged surface.

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2 people found this review helpful  

August 8, 2010

Anonymous

from Currently - Afghanistan

The 5-10 tennie is a fantastic shoe. We tried it out on a mountain with very rough terrain - the lava rock usually chews through rubber - and these barely had a scratch. Definitely recommend on slippery, uncertain surfaces - they stick like glue.

Brands I'd also recommend: Merrill Boots

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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July 14, 2010

Claire B

from Colorado

These are excellent combination approach and climbing shoes! I have worn them on alpine hike/climb combination in Colorado as well as technical climbs up to 5.7 to 5.8. The rubber grips well to all sorts of rock even when wet. While great for easy climbing and rock scrambling these shoes have limited edging capabilities so climbing harder technical routes could get tricky in them.Just as a reference, I generally wear size 12 narrow in woman's and went with the size 11 (9.5 in mans) in this shoe. They fit well with socks and the full laces let me snug them up tightly for harder climbs or loosen them up for approaches.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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May 7, 2010

Marc P

from State College, PA

Yes it is true these are about a half size smaller than stated. They are built that way I believe so you can also use them as quasi climbing shoes. I am a 10.5 and wear an 11 in the tennis shoes. They break in very nicely and fit well. I just ordered a new pair after my wife yelled at me for wearing them. They were about 5 years old and were definitely showing their wear. I wore them everywhere and they held up well.not bad as comfy climbing shoes either for 5.5-5.8, if you don't want to jam your feet into reg climbing shoes. I'll probably still keep the old ones as working shoes because I love them so much!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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April 14, 2010

Anonymous

from Phoenix, AZ

These shoes are perfect for any type of desert hiking. With comfort and control the way up is a breeze, and the soles stick to the ground to avoid slippage on the way down. Those that hike with me wish I would shut up about the best money I've spent on trail gear.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 8, 2010

Ralph A

 

This is not made to be a regular "everyday" sport shoe. It is a really nice approach shoe for rock climbing and bouldering. The C4 dot tread has excellent adhesion properties for long flat slabs and smooth boulders. If you order this shoe in your actual size, it will give you a snug fit similar to a climbing shoe without the pain. Keep your toenails trimmed back and you can wear this shoe all day for some 5.9 fun climbs. The laces are way too long, so you might have to trim them to feel secure that you won't get tangled in them.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vasque

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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November 3, 2009

Chris O

from Solomon, KS

Love. These. Shoes. These are now my favorite shoes. I use them for everyday wear and mountain biking. They are wicked stylish and well constructed. I wasn't sure about them to begin with. The soles are very stiff out of the box, and it takes several wearings for them to loosen up. As others have mentioned, they are low cut and have a very low arch, which for me is a huge bonus. They are great for building your arches and keeping them strong. I can also confirm what others have mentioned as well about them running a size too small. I had to send back my first pair and order larger ones. Anyway, overall, much love for the Guide Tennies. Just give them a chance to get broken in. Oh, one last thing, the stealth rubber is by no means "non marking." I was surprised by how easily they will leave marks on the floor. Not a deal breaker by any means, but it seemed strange to me. I've never seen anything like it.

Brands I'd also recommend: Chacos, Vasque

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 30, 2009

Sbcanyonhiker

from East Glacier, Montana

Another great shoe by 5.10 - This is my fourth pair of 5 tennies and they continue to be the best lightweight hiker I've found. Comfortable right out of the box, but buy a 1/2 size larger than normal. The Excellent traction of the stealth rubber actually lets me hike faster and with more confidence on sketchy trails. Good looks, they can be worn about town. Excellent quality. I also have a pair of exum guides for more support with heavier loads and I am very pleased with them also. Great service from Zappos, they'll continue to be my source for shoes. Keep up the good work!

Brands I'd also recommend: Any 5.10 product

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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March 28, 2009

Sam

from Malibu

So satisfied it's not even funny. I got these shoes for approach and moderate hikes. Out of the box they fit great, my right toes started to go numb, adjusted the laces a bit and BAM! Perfect. I've run across talus fields, scrambled up loose dirt gulleys, free soloed easy routes and sent moderate boulder problems. Grip is excellent. Wet sandy rocks are no match for these shoes. Marking soles and lack of style are the only things that keep me from wearing these every day. So I ordered some Freerunners. 5.10 FTW!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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March 11, 2009

Anonymous

from Maryland

Yeah for 5 10 - the Guide Tennie is back! These are great shoes (so far). The only negative is the classic 5 10 dot-patterned tread, which isn't as aggressively grippy on loose trails as other styled treads. I bought these to replace my old Guide Tennies (which literally fell apart after many years of hard use). That said it's hard to beat 5 10's stealth rubber, excellent comfort/fit, and good looks. As with most 5 10s, these are great for wide feet, since they fit a bit roomier in the toe box than most similar shoes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 5, 2009

Anonymous

from Chicago, Illinois

I am more than happy with this product and the service of zappos.com! I ordered the woman's classic short in chestnut, and yes, they are amazing, warm, and comfortable. I was worried to order a size smaller just because I want to get a lot of wear out of these boots, typically I am a size 6.5 or 7, but I took the advice to order a size smaller (6). The 6 works perfectly and there is still some room for growth. I couldn't be happier. Thank you Zappos for making it much easier to find exactly what I was looking for. 2 words of advice: 1) order a size smaller! 2) buy the water repellent spray I will definitely purchase from Zappos again. If only other sites online were like Zappos.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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October 20, 2008

Anonymous

from Los Angeles, CA

Great Shoe. In my opinion Guide Tennie is the most comfortable hiking/approach shoe that I've ever used (and I've had several). They’re comfortable like running shoes, sticky like climbing shoes, and great on the trail. I never hike or backpack in boots anymore, just approach shoes and the Guide Tennies are the best.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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September 2, 2008

Anonymous

from Mahwah, NJ

Best pair of approach shoes I've ever owned. Seriously great for all kinds of hiking and scrambling to the crag. Perfect for day hikes (if you don't require a lot of ankle support). Only complaint is the padding for the soles, it’s hard and uncomfortable. Do yourself a favor and buy some gel inserts and you will be good to go!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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July 17, 2008

Anonymous

from Los Angeles, California

Great all the way! I purchased the Five Ten Guide Tennie shoes for my nephew who lives in Seoul. He could not get the size 11.5 there, so I bought them through Zappo.com. Then I shipped them to him. He needed a pair of walking shoes to wear on a television travel shoe that he is hosting. They required a non sneaker looking shoe that is why he chose the Five Ten Guide Tennie shoe. He is very satisfied. I have to say that Zappos gave an excellent service.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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October 6, 2007

Anonymous

from VA

Guide Tennie - I prefer this to the other 5.10 approach shoes because it is lighter and smaller, so it fits in your pack better for the ascent. I sized this down a bit from my regular tennis shoe size without compromising comfort.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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September 10, 2007

Anonymous

from Indiana

Comfy shoe - Never written a review, but uh, I mean it’s a really comfortable shoe, solid construction; it gets absolutely no traction inside. I can actually run and slide on our concrete floors at work, but outside on asphalt or rocks or whatever, the traction is phenomenal. I balanced my weight on a rock at a very steep angle, and any other outsole on any other shoe I’ve owned would have without a doubt slid, this shoe held me perfectly didn’t slide, didn’t budge, so I’d say if you were goin hiking around some small rocks, this shoe is awesome.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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September 1, 2007

Derek

from Washington DC

The perfect shoe (if it's what you're looking for) While I own 5.10 climbing and approach shoes, I was really looking for a pair of comfortable shoes I could wear when exploring new cities--perhaps indulging in some parkour--without being ridiculously branded. The Guide Tennie succeeds on all counts. No big swoosh or three stripes on the side, nice grippy sole, and enough comfort for a week of 6+ hour days of walking and playing around. When traveling, I always pack light and move around a lot, and this shoe helps quite a bit--just these and a pair of flip-flops are all I need. In fact, I just got back from a two-week trip (Helsinki, Tallinn, Stockholm, and Copenhagen) and these were all I needed. The photo of the shoe on this site really makes the "Star of David" cross-stitching stand out, but it's not nearly as noticeable in real life. It's just a neutral-colored, plain shoe with a subtle logo on the heel. As for the fit, they might not be a full half-size smaller, but they're definitely a little tight...of course, as a nominal "climbing shoe" this shouldn't surprise you. Wear thinner socks and you'll be all right. Or just be glad they're a bit tight when you're trying to send that urban boulder problem. Personally, as a guy who wears a 13 but would sometimes like a 12.5 (if only such a size existed), these are perfect. My new everyday shoe once flip-flop weather is gone.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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August 5, 2007

Yg

from Evergreen, Colorado

Good approach shoe (not a normal hiker) The Tennies are climbing shoes with compromises made to allow a comfortable hike-in--though old, retired GT's are great for lounging about. The climbing ability of these shoes is just amazing given their comfort. But, if you don't plan to spend time on class 4 and 5 routes, get another shoe. The GT's are sized as normal street shoes, so if you plan to use them for their purpose (trail to summit) you'll want a half-size smaller, e.g., I wear 11's for street shoes, and 10.5's in Guide Tennies. If you buy your normal size you'll have a 1/2 inch or more of empty shoe at the toe, making it impossible to toe-in and unnecessarily difficult to edge or smear. I'm on my third pair now and one lesson to pass on is that these will stretch some, especially with summer heat and sweat--so be weary of anything but a snug fit when new. Another lesson is that toe discomfort means the laces aren't snug enough, the opposite of what one first thinks, not that the shoe is too small. My only complaint, if I really dig for one, would be the limited lateral support to prevent shifting off the sole's centerline when on a steep, angular, sideways hold or smear.

Brands I'd also recommend: None - the GT is in a class by itself

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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July 16, 2007

Anonymous

from San Antonio Texas

Recent Zappos' Order - From one day to the next my shoe order arrived!!!! I like the look, style, color and fit. I wear them everyday to work. I can b/c I am the boss. I trust my business with Zappos.

Brands I'd also recommend: Born

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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July 16, 2007

Laz

from Oregon

Gosu Shoes - This shoe is so comfortable. I required almost no time for breaking in. The shoes are very light. On rough surfaces this shoe reins supreme, as its super-sticky sole just clings. However if you are on a polished floor surface it’s a bit slippery. Just a minor tradeoff for some GOSU GRIP outside!!! Oh and they just happen to be pretty sexy as well.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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October 26, 2006

Anonymous

from Connecticut

Excellent shoe, terrific grip outside. A bit slippery inside, but that's expected. Can go all day with no fatigue.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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July 5, 2005

Chris S

from Maryland

Best approach shoe ever! Just bought a pair before a trip to Yosemite. All of the guides at the YMS wear these. My guide was climbing 5.10b in his!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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June 21, 2005

Thomeds

from Bay Area, California

Great Shoes! These shoes were comfortable from the first time I wore them, that is after I got a pair a half size larger than I normally wear. The soles are nice and grippy, they also leave marks on most floors. Overall great shoes.

Brands I'd also recommend: Merrell

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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September 26, 2011

Anonymous

from Voorheesville, NY

This is a really neat looking shoe however, it runs small. I ordered half a size larger than normal and it is very tight in the toe area. At the same time I purchased Merrell Mimosa Lace in the same size. It fits and looks great. These shoes are very light.

Brands I'd also recommend: Merrell

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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June 7, 2010

Anonymous

 

These shoes offer the finest combination of light weight and support I\\\'ve ever found. They feel like a pair of socks on my feet and I can walk in them all day without the usual foot fatigue associated with flatter lightweight shoes. I\'m not certain what niche 5.10 is trying to fill, or create, with this shoe. They are like a dress\/casual shoe that you won\'t want to get dirty, equipped with sticky rubber and solid edges for rock scrambling. If you\'re ever at a cocktail party and need to free climb a fifth class wall, these are going to be ideal. By the way, if you have a problem with hot, sweaty feet, these and all of 5.10\'s non-technical shoes are going to melt you.

Brands I'd also recommend: Montrail

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

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June 19, 2009

Eric M

from Tempe, AZ

I would actually give these shoes 4 1/2 stars, but since you can’t, it gets 4. They have been absolutely stellar on the trail, on the rocks, and on the bike. These grip platform pedals like nobody’s business! The laces all the way down to the toe let you get these tightened perfectly so you don’t have one tight spot and another loose spot. One of my favorite things about these shoes is they do not roll around on your foot on off-camber terrain, which instills confidence that you won’t go tumbling down if things go sour. The only thing I don’t like about these shoes is the sole inserts that come with them. They have basically no arch support at all and not enough support to keep your feet from getting uncomfortable. I switched them out with some Superfeet and they are now perfect, but since that is an extra purchase, the original shoe gets knocked a star.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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