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94 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
The HF rubber is so sticky on overhanging smears.
Welcome back, Five Tennies—it’s good to make your acquaintance again!
They are a narrow shoe, without much give in the last thanks to their copious rubber coverage, and work best when sized aggressively.
- The Dragon VCS is a low-top shoe designed by Five Ten to render precision and power for demanding terrain. It retains its predecessor’s microfiber upper to protect the user’s foot from harsh climbing conditions.
- While the Five Ten Dragon has a medium-soft midsole, the Dragon VCS sports a softer variant to support senders during an ascent. Its Stealth HF rubber outsole is engineered to help climbers stick on virtually most types of rock surfaces.
Downturn. The Five Ten Dragon VCS sports an aggressive downward camber. This type of downturn pushes the foot to curl, enabling senders to gain a foothold on tiny nubbins and micro edges.
Applications. This aggressive climbing shoe from Five Ten is built for sport climbing and bouldering sessions. Its set of components and technologies enable this climbing piece to be used for face climbing as well. Five Ten also crafted the Dragon VCS for both indoor and outdoor use.
The Five Ten Dragon VCS is a low-top climbing shoe built specifically for men. Its synthetic upper is lined with a textile material, which prevents it from stretching. The foot is curled inside the shoe, thanks to its asymmetric construction. Its Velcro system uses the same asymmetric design, providing a customized lockdown to the wearer.
Midsole. Five Ten equipped the Dragon VCS with a soft midsole. Its construction enables senders to take on steep terrain, small footholds, and overhanging routes with ample support and flexibility.
Outsole. The Dragon VCS features a Stealth HF (High Friction) outsole. It is made of the softest rubber compound Five Ten offers to render grip on challenging routes. This component sports a split sole design with a thick and stiff front end and thinner rubber construction in the heel. It works in conjunction with the shoe’s soft midsole and heel shape for flexibility and a snug arch fit.
Providing protection from perilous terrain is the Five Ten Dragon VCS’ microfiber upper. It is lined with a textile material to create a comfortable in-shoe environment. A rubber rand wraps around the upper’s base for added grip and protection from abrasive elements. The shoe’s closure employs a pair of Velcro straps to help the wearer adjust its fits. Moreover, it has three pull tabs to give users easy on and off.