The VCS and Lace-Up Anasazis by Five Ten are the top selling performance shoes in Europe. The VCS offers more sensitivity for pulling on holds on steep rock--a powerful tool for extreme sport climbing.
DECENT FEATURES of the Five Ten Men's Anasazi Velcro Climbing Shoe
I wear a size 12-ish. Sometimes 13, sometimes 12. My feet are wide and flat. Size 12 in this shoe fit PERFECT. Look and feel top-quality. Velcro closures make securing my Sasquatch feet a breeze. Rubber sticks like a gecko on glass. Would buy them over and over again.
Got a good deal on these shoes and they are a great shoe. The rubber is top notch and the edge is stiff and can hold you on the smallest foot chips out there. A comfortable shoe that is great for bouldering, face climbing indoors and out.
I just got these shoes and am very pleased with their performance after two outdoor climbing sessions. Most of the climbing I have been doing requires precise edging and smearing and these shoes handle that work wonderfully. The shoe fits tight and doesn't slip around.
I normally climb about 2-3 days indoor and 1 day outdoor per week. With the anasazis, I was able to climb routes that were simply impossible in my previous Elektras. They made heel hooking and fingernail-sized foot holds viable options all the time and made overhangs fun. When I'm using them outdoors, I trust my feet more than I trust my friend that's belaying me. The strap surface is rubbing off a bit from toe hooking but doesn't affect the functionality of the shoe. I wear a 5.5 US in the anasazis and am a Women's 8.5 US in Brooks running shoes and a 7 in TOMs. Breaking in was brutally painful but after 3 sessions of sweating my feet, they fit like a glove. No foul stank either!
My first and favorite climbing shoe ive ever owned, although ive purchased a couple since this pair i always come back to them and continue to use them for when delicate footwork isnt required (the toe is completely blown right now) Rubber lasted for a long time (over a year or so of a lot of climbing) Extremely comfortable,
"As heavenly as climbing shoes can be..."
I've been climbing on and off for the last ten years or so and have really started getting more serious about it. Hence I bought my own gear...including these shoes. I have a very wide foot (not just for a women) and this shoe is very comfortable and doesn't hurt like most shoes (even non climbing shoes) do. The heal cup is great and the soles are very durable, I've had them for about a year now. Per usual - thanks Moosejaw for the magic.
These shoes edge like nothing else I have ever seen before. They have a nice stiff sole like you would want to see in a rather non-aggressive shoe like this. Just because they are non aggressive doesn't mean you cant perform on the overhangs. The heal is also really solid.I have a wider, higher volume foot and these actually fit pretty decently, they run true to size so I wouldn't recommend downsizing like you would with a super aggressive climbing shoe.
"Great shoe for beginners and experienced climbers alike!"
These were the first climbing shoes I purchased and have been great. Super durable, great support, great edging, and they stick to just about anything. If your looking for a shoe that doesn't have too aggressive of a toe, then i highly recommend the Anasazis.
"Best all around climbing shoe for durability and performance"
These are the best climbing shoe I have ever had for putting a lot of use into while not loosing much performance. There are better options for performance on over hang and crack climbs for the professional climber, but overall these work great for almost all climbing and they are much more durable then other shoes I've had (lasted 3 years). I love the heal cup - it never slips and is very comfortable. Also, they don't smell like the synthetic Evolve leather.
The pointed toes are phenomenal at finding small edges and knobs to stick to. There is just no beating 5.10 rubber. As far as sizing goes, the Anasazis are already sized quite snug. I wouldn't size down from your street size, unless you are a fiend for torture. In that case, enjoy the pain! Overall it has done what I wanted it to do as a moderately aggressive climbing shoe. However, you may run into troubles on overhanging stuff. The heel cup on this shoe has a bunch of dead space. These balloons in the back have caused my feet to pop off while heel hooking. If you are looking to do more climbing on slab where edging and smearing will be key, this is your shoe.