Rock Shoes: 5.10 Galileo
£70.00 | Velcro | size reviewed 10 (foot size 10) | weight 545g | medium asymmetry
Some of the tightest shoes on trial - make sure you don’t buy too small. The tight fit makes them feel stiffer than they really are. In the not too distant past Five Ten were accused of having let their manufacturing standards slip. Not with these shoes. They are very well made indeed. They have received a great deal of use and are showing very little sign of wear, least of all in the old weak spots where the rand and sole rubber are joined. The other thing to sing and shout about is the heel. At long last they seem to have cracked things and developed a heel that works. It is snug, tight and doesn’t creep like Bruce Grobbelar on the goal line when you are mid mantle! Hallelujah. What else? Well, not satisfied with people’s choice best rubber Stealth C4, they have recently unveiled Stealth Onyx. A catchy name and, according to the manufacturers blurb: “the highest friction, most durable climbing rubber that’s ever existed". In our testing it certainly performed as well as or better than all the other competitors. A synthetic, non-stretch upper makes them appealing to Vegans or anybody who is opposed to leather. They are much like the Anasazi Velcro in performance – they hold a good edge and smear well, but have the added advantages of a workable heel, and better rubber. At £70 it’s also a tad cheaper than many of its competitors putting it firmly up there as a favourite. The only gripe is the impractical twin pull loops common to all five ten shoes - instead of putting them on either side of the heel, one is in the inside and the other on the back. In summary, a very high quality all rounder.
This review was carried out as part of a massive comparative review of 25 pairs of Performance Rock Shoes. We think that this could be the biggest review of such shoes ever undertaken. You can read the whole review here.