Five Ten Reinvents a Classic

Five Ten Reinvents a Classic

Camp Four Black Web
Anyone who loves rock scrambling already knows about Five Ten, one of the country’s pre-eminent rock climbing gear companies. In the past their products have stretched beyond the crag, swelling to support a wide host of outdoor activities and lifestyle designs. They’ve recently re-focused their efforts, and scaled back their line, concentrating on biking and climbing, and streamlined their hiking and backpacking shoe options. Thankfully, their Camp 4 survived. The original shoe was pretty bomber, with a PU heel cage and a collage of the sticky rubber upon which the company earned its reputation. But the new version, out next fall, looks quite promising. The new model has a less-bulky TPU heel cage, increased lug heights to bite into soft ground, foam layering to improve breathability, and solid EVA at the midfoot to support the arch. Five Ten also opted to use only one type of sticky rubber rather than a maze of different levels of stickiness, so hopefully the shoe will have the same Spider Man-like properties on slick rock. The previous model did wear down the tips of our toes after particularly long slogs, but we’re hoping the increased toe cap will solve this issue. Comes in low and mid-length models, starting at $150.
—Nathan Borchelt

Camp Four Mid Blue Web

Camp Four Simple Brown Web

Camp Four Mid Black