Verdict from 1 expert and 14 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Some users find their Five Ten Gym Master climbing shoes quite easy to slip in and out of.
  • It is a highly recommendable rock shoe for entry-level climbers, according to a small number of wearers.
  • Based on a report, the Gym Master mounts on edges well.
  • This is one durable rock climbing shoe, says a sender who has bought it.
  • The shoe’s level of comfort is impressive, a tester who has reviewed it claims.
  • An owner considers the men’s Five Ten Gym Master a worthy purchase.

3 reasons not to buy

  • About a handful of reviewers are disappointed with the not-so-sticky outsole of this 5.10 climbing shoe.
  • Its finish could be a whole lot better, a couple of customers say.
  • Someone who has tested the Gym Master many times is not happy with the shoe’s substandard breathability.

Bottom line

A beginner-friendly offering from Five Ten—one that can be easily put on and removed—points to the Gym Master. This 5.10 piece is also a mighty durable rock shoe with superb edging prowess to boot.

That said, the shoe in question might not be the best there is when it comes to underfoot surface grip. Nevertheless, the Five Ten Gym Master is a decent climbing companion, especially for those who are new to the sport.

Tip: see the best climbing shoes.

Good to know

The Five Ten Gym Master is built for wearers who prefer to send projects indoors. It owes its durable-yet comfy construction to the Wall Master’s core design. It is a machine-washable climbing shoe.

Five Ten engineers opted to give the Gym Master a stiff midsole to provide climbers with as much mounting support as possible. The shoe’s rearfoot comfort, on the other hand, comes from its relaxed tension heel.

Downturn. The Gym Master is a neutral rock climbing shoe. Its toe zone virtually has no downward camber, which allows users to smear and get into slots with relative ease. Downturn-less kicks like the Gym Master offer lasting comfiness on extended multi-pitch climbs.

Applications. This beginner-friendly climb-centric shoe is specifically engineered for boulder-type pursuits. It is primarily designed for indoor (gym) use.

The Gym Master from Five Ten is a low-top rock climbing shoe for men. Its washable upper promises no stretch. The foot can lie flat within its straight (non-asymmetric) confines. Climbing enthusiasts can get a personalized lockdown in it courtesy of the shoe’s Velcro strapping system.

Midsole. The Five Ten Gym Master comes with a stiff midsole for extra support. It is made of a lightweight and highly resilient material called thermoplastic.

Outsole. This neutral climbing shoe from 5.10 produces and maintains grip on a variety of surfaces with its Stealth Marathon rubber outsole. Senders can expect to complete projects on it without leaving a mark on the wall, thanks to its non-marking construction.

Concealing the foot from plain sight in the Five Ten Gym Master is a below-the-ankle upper made of washer-friendly canvas. It comes built with a textile liner for added cushioning. Access to and from its plush interior is made quick and easy with the shoe’s split tongue and synthetic heel pull loops. Five Ten designers coated its lower perimeter with hard-wearing rubber, granting climbers multi-directional surface adherence as a result.

The Gym Master’s upper comes full circle with its Velcro closure. This fit management system uses a pair of straps made highly adjustable with hook-and-loop fasteners.

-Fans of neutral climbing shoes might want to try out either the Evolv’s Defy or the Scarpa Helix.

-Five Ten also offers some of the best moderate rock shoes out on the market, which include the Anasazi VCS and the Anasazi Pro.


How Five Ten Gym Master ranks compared to all other shoes
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Bottom 1% Five Ten climbing shoes
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Bottom 1% indoor climbing shoes
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