Who should buy the Five Ten Gambit VCS

The Gambit VCS is a “gambit” of sorts in that consumers would need to take a chance on it before they could get a hold of every good thing it has on offer. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a beginner-to-intermediate shoe built with extended comfort in mind.
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that promises underfoot security. 
  • Prefer a climbing shoe that can be used for bouldering and sports climbing.

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Profile of the Five Ten Gambit VCS

Downturn. The Gambit VCS is among Five Ten’s selection of neutral climbing shoes. Its technically flat construction offers extended comfort, ideal for multi-pitch climbs.

Applications. This offering from 5.10 is a shoe built specifically for trad climbing. It can be used for bouldering and sports climbing as well. It is up to the task, whether the climb is done indoors or outdoors.

Five Ten Gambit VCS profile 1

Size and fit

The Five Ten Gambit VCS is a round-toe, low-top rock climbing shoe for men and women. Its fit is intended for climbers with regular-width feet. The brand claims that it has minimal stretch—something that must be taken into account when buying a pair. Its Velcro closure provides a customized and secure lockdown. Thanks to its straight shape, this shoe is expected to offer extended comfort.

Five Ten Gambit VCS sizes

Excellent surface traction

Wearers have the Gambit VCS’ Stealth C4 outsole to thank when it comes to surface traction.

Five Ten Gambit VCS outsole

Supplies adequate stickiness

It is made using a kind of rubber that supplies adequate stickiness on different kinds of terrain and features. 4 mm is its overall thickness.

Five Ten Gambit VCS outsole 1

Excellent edging support

The Gambit VCS grants sufficient support on edges and like surfaces with its heavy-duty midsole.

Five Ten Gambit VCS midsole

Comfortable cushioning

Its stiffness promises comfort on longer climbing sessions.

Five Ten Gambit VCS insole

Excellent ventilation

The lined upper of the Five Ten Gambit VCS is made mainly of leather. It comes reinforced with a hard-wearing rand, giving climbers improved support and protection at the same time. Its mesh tongue courtesy of Ariaprene is adequately perforated for enhanced breathability. 

Five Ten Gambit VCS upper

Easy to wear

Two pull loops are placed at its heel to help with on and off. A pair of straps make up the shoe’s closure system. These straps are engineered with hook-and-loop fasteners, making them highly adjustable.

Five Ten Gambit VCS loop

Five Ten Gambit VCS vs. Gambit Lace

The Gambit VCS is one of 5.10’s quality climbing kicks. The brand also takes pride in another shoe—the Gambit Lace. A couple of their differences are as follows:

Closure type. As its name suggests, the rival shoe provides fit customization with its lacing system. The Gambit VCS, on the other hand, gives lockdown security with its Velcro closure.

Weight. The Gambit Lace is lighter than the featured shoe by about 10 grams

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 238g / Women 184g
Construction: Slip lasted
Closure: Velcro
Fit: Comfort fit
Downturn: Neutral
Environment: Indoor, Outdoor
Material: Leather

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Author
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.