Brand: Five Ten
Model: Guide Tennie Mid
Why we like it Combining the stickiness of a scrambling shoe and the ankle and underfoot support of a boot, this hybrid crushes hilly, rocky terrain.
Traction Sticky Stealth rubber helped one tester feel more coordinated and confident every time she slipped them on. “These boots really shine on dry rock and steep terrain,” she says. “When I placed my foot, I just knew it wasn’t going to slip.” The low-profile, circular-lugged tread maximizes contact with everything from flat slickrock to tiny rock knobs and ledges.
Support Decent ankle support from the stiff and comfy cuff leather, tall heel cup, and compression-molded* PU midsole helped keep one tester’s arches and ankles from fatiguing even after a day of off-trail, scrambly sidehilling with a 35-pound pack on a “detour” in southern Jordan’s rough canyon country.
Protection “The mostly leather nubuck uppers—especially the toe box—require some breaking in (a 6-mile walk did the trick), but it was a small investment in a shoe that feels like it’ll last for many years,” says one tester. Reinforcing seams crisscross the sides of the boot: They help prevent stretching over time. A taller-than-average sticky rubber toe bumper protects the forefoot and provides great edging on scrambly climbs.
Fit Like many Five Ten shoes designed for performance on rock, the Guide Tennie Mid runs about a half-size small.
$140; 2 lbs.; m’s 3-14; fiveten.com