Who should buy the Five Ten Hiangle
The Five Ten Hiangle has so much going for it that ignoring it might prove to be a challenge for many. It is a solid option if you:
- Prefer an adequately equipped rock climbing shoe whose forte is sending overhanging routes and steep terrain.
- Prefer a climbing shoe that is capable of providing comfort and all-around performance.
- Prefer a climbing shoe that enables climbers to ascend with sufficient support.
Excellent smearing and edging performance
The Hiangle’s ability to latch on to a variety of surfaces, including rocky ones, is thanks to its Stealth C4 outsole. It is made of a type of rubber compound that provides sufficient grip during smearing and edging.
Excellent heel-hooking support
The men's version is 3.5 mm thick, while the women's pair is at 4.2 mm. Five Ten engineers opted to extend its rear end to the back of the heel to assist in heel-hooking situations.
Provides sufficient pockets and edges support
This leather climbing shoe from Five Ten uses a stiff midsole to give climbers sufficient support when mounting on pockets and edges. It has some flex to it for comfort.
Excellent toe-hooking performance
The upper of the women's Five Ten Hiangle is made mainly of split-grain leather, while the one in the men's version is made of heavy-duty microfiber. It has no liner. A coat of sturdy rand covers its forefoot, with a generous coverage around the inner arch, to grant users extra security and protection when toe hooking.
Provides excellent power transfer
The tensioned rand at the heel, on the other hand, transmits power from the rear to the upper’s front end for enhanced footwork involving the toes. It also gives the user additional heel-hooking capabilities.
Five Ten Hiangle vs. Scarpa Instinct
The Five Ten Hiangle has gained quite the following over the years. As such, many a climber pit it against other kicks from known brands. Among those shoes, the Scarpa Instinct is often put in comparison with the featured product. The following points will shed some light on their differences:
Downturn. The rock shoe from Scarpa has a moderate downturn as opposed to the Hiangle’s aggressive down camber. The Instinct’s downturn gives it an edge in cracks, while the beak-like front end of the featured shoe favors overhangs.
Outsole. Five Ten’s Hiangle is equipped with the Stealth C4 rubber outsole—a brand-exclusive product. The Instinct, on the other hand, uses the XS Edge outsole courtesy of Vibram. The thickness of the competition’s outsole is 4 mm, making it thinner than the Hiangle’s by 0.2 mm.
Randing. When it comes to randing, both have ample coverage. That said, the Instinct has a fuller presence of it around the forefoot than Five Ten’s Hiangle rock shoe.
Closure system. The shoe from Five Ten locks the foot in place using a single adjustable Velcro strap. Its competitor, on the other hand, provides a customized fit with its lace-up closure.
Target audience. The Hiangle is offered in men and women’s versions, while the rival shoe only comes in men’s.
Price. In this regard, Five Ten’s entry is the more budget-friendly rock climbing shoe. Indeed, it is about $30 cheaper than the Scarpa Instinct.
Weight. The competition takes the cake in this round. Certainly, the Instinct from Scarpa is lighter than the Five Ten Hiangle by about 15 grams.
Nice to know
-The Hiangle constantly gets updates from Five Ten’s designers.
-This model is offered in a synthetic version.