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Gear Review: Five Ten Hueco Rock Climbing Shoes

Five Ten Hueco

Rock-climbing Shoes
Five Ten Hueco
$140, 1 lb. 2 oz. (men’s 10)
Sizes: unisex 6-13

Count me as one of those climbers who was heartsick when Five Ten stopped making the Hueco some years back. And apparently, we were a pretty big club, because the Hueco was an awfully popular shoe in the 1990s. Now it’s back and improved, and after test-driving a pair on moderate routes at Idaho’s Castle Rocks State Park, I’m a kid in love again. The split-grain leather uppers conform to your foot, and with a fit that doesn’t crush toes, the Hueco delivers all-day comfort for multi-pitch routes. But what really sets this shoe apart is Five Ten’s Stealth Onyxx rubber: It gloms onto any rock, yet has superior hardness for edging and durability. A friend who wears my size tried the shoes on one route and decided on the spot to buy a pair. These aren’t shoes for high-end sport or crack climbing—they’re a jack of all trades, master of none. But for most recreational rock climbers getting on moderate routes (up to 5.10), or for multi-pitch climbing where comfort is critical, these are a favorite. One caveat: Go up a full size from your usual size.

—Michael Lanza

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Michael Lanza

A former field editor and primary gear reviewer for Backpacker Magazine, Michael Lanza created The Big Outside to share stories and images from his many backpacking, hiking, and other outdoor adventures, as well as expert tips and gear reviews to help readers plan and pull off their own great adventures.

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