Okay, back to Team 5.10 - Team Black! We just purchased one of these from Rockcreek.com. They currently have a 5.10 sale going on right now. So if you are huge 5.10 fan, that's the place to go. In addition to that, we also got a $15 coupon for signing up with Rockcreek today. So that brings the shoe's price down even more! We purchased it at a whopping $113 in the end :) A really good price considering all the good things that i'll be reporting from my review search regarding this amazing shoe!
This is not going to be a review by us for the moment. We'll get back to you guys about that after the shoe arrives and Chan has climbed in them. But for now, this is going to be a one stop spot for you to get to to read the best reviews I've found on the net regarding this amazing shoe.
One thing to keep in mind is the fact that the new team 5.10s in black has some minor changes made to it regarding fitting issues. So it would most probably fit better than the blue version of the Team 5.10.
1) It is not a velcro shoe. It is a slipper that fits really tight.
2) It stretches minimally because of all the rubber that is covering the shoe on all sides
3) Excellent toe hooking and heel hooking capabilities thanks to stealth mystique rubber forming up and around the shoe
4) Stealth Mystique rubber is one of the stickiest rubber on the market ( I've been trying to find out if the Vibram XS2 grip is better than the stealth mystique but it seems like the general online climbing community seems to be on the fence about these two types of rubber. They are both extremely sticky and durable! )
5) There's only 3.5mm of rubber on this shoe. Most high performance shoes on the market right now have 4.0mm rubber on them. However, this 0.5mm decrease in rubber is meant to make the shoe a lot more sensitive and it definitely has performed in that regard! This shoe is highly sensitive and very receptive to the myriad of different surfaces you put them on
6) This shoe is NOT made for crack climbing
7) This IS made for overhang, steep sport climbing and it is an amazing bouldering shoe!
Another thing that I realized from reading all the forums and reviews is how torn up people are between the Team 5.10s and the 5.10 Dragons. Both are fantastic shoes but it seems like the Team 5.10s might be beating the dragons just a little simply with its amazing fit, rubber on all sides and precise sensitivity to the rock surface.
There's a lot of reviews out there for the blue version of the team 5.10. So, you definitely have to keep them in mind if you are buying the team black of the team 5.10s. There's a change in the design to accommodate different feet better. We'll update you again about this. The census seems to be that the Team 5.10s have a much more aggressive down turn than the dragons and are also much more sensitive. So do with that what you will :)
The 5.10s are definitely meant for a performance fit. So they are not going to be incredibly comfortable out of the box. The reviews seems to state that break in periods lasts around 2-4 weeks. They either hurt your feet really bad or fit like a dream depending on the shape of your foot. With regards to sizing, as with all 5.10 shoes, you will most probably need to either stick to street size or size up. 5.10 shoes are made to fit a little smaller than La sportiva shoes. So, don't be hasty with sizing down just yet! In general people seem to have done well with just getting the shoe in their usual street size. However, if you have larger than normal feet you might want to consider going half a size or even one size up on the Team 5.10 shoe.
I'm not going to go on about how they are really good for what because we haven't tried the shoe out yet. So, i'm going to just show you the people that I thought gave the best reviews about the shoe and you can decide from there. We'll definitely be posting up our own version of a review for this amazing shoe and let you guys know what we think too!
There are plenty of good reviews and these are some of them:
Kyle Francis: https://fiveten.com/community/blog-detail/13498-team-510-product-review-kyle-francis
To Defy Gravity: http://todefygravity.wordpress.com/2012/10/16/five-ten-team-shoe-review/
Sticky Gnar Gnar: http://sickygnargnar.blogspot.com/2009/09/510-team-shoe.html
All the links above come from people with good things to say about the shoe. The link from outdoor gear lab would provide you with a different perspective. However, it is very important for you to keep in mind that the review was written in 2011 and the shoe has gone through a few changes since then.
Outdoor gear lab: http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Rock-Shoe-Reviews/Five-Ten-Team-5-10
Hopefully this post helps you in your decision to purchase a 5.10 dragon/ 5.10 Team 5.10 or any other high performance shoe you are considering at the moment!