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Fred Nicole’s experience in both climbing and shoe design has helped Five Ten create a great weapon for sport climbing and bouldering.
With a combo of comfort and performance, these shoes became a favorite on the trip, and have since become a go-to at the boulders.
I will continue to take these shoes bouldering because I love the way the heel stays put while heel hooking and how sticky that C4 rubber is.
After testing out the Five Ten Aleon extensively for a few months, I have to say that I’m quite impressed.
-Co-designed by legendary climber Fred Nicole, the Five Ten Aleon is built to accomplish a variety of climbing objectives with increased control and extra precision. It has a kind of fit that promotes sensitivity on tricky footholds, especially on edges.
-It promises ample support for the foot with its Primeknit upper and semi-rigid midsole. Sufficient slip and skid resistance, on the other hand, is a provision courtesy of the Stealth C4 outsole.
Downturn. The Aleon is part of Five Ten’s roster of moderately down-cambered rock climbing shoes. The construction of its toe profile promises precision and improved maneuverability on edges and like surfaces. Kicks with this type of downturn are capable of providing adequate comfort and performance on technical, multi-pitch ascents.
Applications. This climbing piece from 5.10 is designed for sport climbing and bouldering. It may be used at the gym and in the great outdoors alike.
A generally true-to-size, low-cut climbing shoe for men is the Five Ten Aleon. Its upper is designed in such a way that conforms to the contours of the foot, providing a personalized sock-like fit over time. Owners can get a dialed-in and secure lockdown in it using the shoe’s hook-and-loop closure.
Midsole. The Five Ten Aleon moderate rock shoe has its supply of underfoot support sourced from its hard-wearing midsole. Its medium stiffness and heavy-duty construction help in keeping the shoe from bending out of shape.
Outsole. Wearers can thank the Five Ten Aleon’s Stealth C4 rubber outsole for allowing them to mount on a variety of terrain types with sufficient grip. This particular outsole is designed to grant secure footing on edges and similar surfaces. 4.2 mm is its overall thickness.
The low-top upper of this Five Ten rock shoe is made of synthetic textile, called Primeknit. Soft fabric lines its interior. Both its heel and forefoot zones are adequately randed for abrasion protection and extra climbing security. It comes with two pull loops at the heel for easier on and off.
Completing the upper equation of the Aleon is its Velcro closure. It consists of an adjustable strap engineered with hook-and-loop fasteners.
The Aleon is a proud part of Five Ten’s high-quality climbing shoes. That said, so is the Hiangle. If you are ever in a bind choosing between the two, having knowledge of their differences is vital to surmounting such a dilemma. The points that follow will shed some light on the things that set the two apart.
Downturn. The Five Ten Aleon, as previously discussed (see Profile: Downturn), has a moderate down-camber. The competition, on the other hand, is a climbing shoe with an aggressive downturn. This makes the Hiangle a competent tool for overhanging routes.
Weight. If ascending with less encumbrance is what you are after, then the featured rock climbing shoe is for you. Yes, the Aleon is lighter than the Five Ten Hiangle by about 25 grams.
Target audience. The Aleon is built specifically for the male crowd. Its rival, on the other hand, comes in two versions—one for men and another for women.
Upper. While both rock climbing shoes are below-the-ankle Five Ten pieces, one is mainly leather (the Hiangle), and one is synthetic (the Aleon). Also, between the two, only the featured rock shoe is lined on the inside.
Stretch. Between these two competing climb-centric kicks, only the Hiangle from Five Ten is bound to stretch. The brand claims that it can stretch up to half a size with time and regular use.
Asking price. On this front, the competition takes the cake for being the cheaper climbing shoe. Indeed, the Hiangle is less expensive than the Five Ten Aleon by about $25.