Who should buy the Five Ten Crawe

The Five Ten Crawe is a high-performance shoe that had plenty of attention aimed at comfort during the design process. With its moderate downturn and mid-stiffness midsole, climbers mentioned that it provides an excellent balance of power, precision, and support. Also, they can recommend this shoe as an excellent choice for an all-around sport climbing and bouldering shoe.

Who should not buy the Five Ten Crawe

Based on a few reports, the shoe’s toe rand either delaminates or blows out way too soon and it took a long time to break in. Climbers also stated that they can't recommend this shoe and are on the hunt for budget-friendly climbing shoes. If heel-hooks are what your preferred routes heavily require, opt for the Five Ten Aleon instead.

Incredibly sticky

Climbers were amazed by its famously sticky outsole. They stated that no matter what you're standing on, you can trust your foot is going to stick.

Superb heel-hooking performance

Climbers claimed that it is very sensitive and it is super sticky so you can get as much out of those heel hooks as possible.

Excellent toe-hooking performance

With its moderate downturn and stiffer flex along with a pointy and concave toe box, climbers mentioned that it gave them a precise shoe with plenty of power in the toes and support to stand on tiny edges.

Snug and a sock-like fit

Climbers commended the Five Ten Crawe's synthetic microfibre upper. They stated that it has a snug, sock-like fit. They also mentioned that it is breathable, comfortable, and molds to your foot giving them an amazing fit.

Five Ten Crawe vs. Aleon

Joining the Crawe in this comparison is the Aleon—another one of Five Ten’s moderate must-haves. The things that set them apart are as follows:

Randing coverage. The Aleon’s upper, particularly the outer side, has more randing compared with the Crawe. The featured shoe, on other hand, has a wider toe patch.

Heel rubber. There is an extra strip of grippy rubber engineered on the Aleon’s heel. The Crawe lacks this additional element.

Target audience. Between the two Five Ten kicks, only the Crawe comes in both men's and women’s versions.

Pricing. While both climbing shoes are quite pricey, the 5.10 Crawe is cheaper than its rival by roughly $10.

Takeaway: If the problems you usually take on involve mostly toeing maneuvers, the budget-friendlier Five Ten Crawe is an enticing option. If heel-hooks are what your preferred routes heavily require, however, opt for the Aleon instead.

Nice to know

  • Professional climber Fred Nicole co-developed both the Crawe and the Aleon.

Facts / Specs

Closure: Velcro
Fit: Performance fit
Downturn: Moderate
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Synthetic
Lining: Lined
Last Shape: Asymmetric

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