Who should buy the Five Ten Dragon
The Five Ten Dragon is a decent climbing companion, all thanks to its collection of send-worthy strengths. It is a solid option if:
- Precision on steep routes is high on your sending must-have list.
- Climbing shoes that deliver multi-directional grip are what you're after.
- You need a shoe that grants enhanced efficiency on tricky edges.
Who should NOT buy it
Skip the Five Ten Dragon for the La Sportiva Kataki if you prefer a pair that you can put on easily. And if you need something far more long-lasting rand-wise, consider the Chimera from Scarpa.
Takes the W in surface traction
Reviewers are quite floored by the grip performance of the Five Ten Dragon. A professional gear blogger hails its outsole as "super sticky Five Ten rubber."
Speaking of the brand's proprietary outsole, a.k.a. the Stealth HF, its thickness is 4.2 mm. Its engineering makes it a sensitive component, especially on edges.
Senders are in love with the fantastic responsiveness the Five Ten Dragon provides. Because of this, a footgear critic calls the featured kick "one of the most sensitive of all the down-turned shoes we tested."
This level of sensitivity makes scaling steep rock feel more organic. It also makes smearing a whole lot more reassuring.
Five Ten Dragon: An edging wiz
The super-downturned Five Ten Dragon stuns with its edging prowess. A footwear maven is very confident with it, describing the shoe as "better for tiny pockets or very thin edges." The same tester also calls the Dragons "the best shoes at extreme edging."
Gives you uber-confidence in pockets
Slots and dimples are a cakewalk for the Five Ten Dragon, according to experienced climbers. A professional reviewer among them says that the gear in question "works great for getting purchase in tiny pockets."
Not very easy to wear
Despite its triple straps, the featured climbing shoe seems to be rather challenging to get on. A seasoned sender-slash-blogger says that, when it comes to on and off, "they take longer than a slip-on or Velcro."
Sticky but not very durable
There are those who are stoked by the adhesiveness of the Dragon's randing. That said, its durability is a different story. Reviewers find it flimsy, thinning or blowing out way too soon.
No looseness in the Five Ten Dragon
While there's a discussion about the default snug fit of the Dragon, it's the shoe's shape retention that shines the brighter. A considerable number of senders say that the featured climbing shoe doesn't let go of the tightness of its confines. Yes, looseness is not a thing in the 5.10 Dragon, it seems.