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.

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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. 

Five Ten Hiangle outsole

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.

Five Ten Hiangle outsole 1

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.

Five Ten Hiangle midsole

Five Ten Hiangle heel

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. 

Five Ten Hiangle upper

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 upper 1

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.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 7.8oz / Women 6.5oz
Construction: Slip lasted
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Aggressive
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Leather, Synthetic

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Teddy Dondanville
Teddy Dondanville

Teddy is a professionally trained Apprentice Rock Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association and a Wilderness First Responder with the National Outdoor Leadership School. Besides guiding outdoor rock climbing, Teddy also has years of experience in route setting and coaching climbing indoors. Through his guiding, route setting, and coaching, Teddy has experimented with climbing shoes for over a decade.