Verdict from 7 experts and 85 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The Five Ten Hiangle has tons of comfort, according to almost everyone who has purchased it.
  • Droves of owners who have used the shoe a number of times swear by the adhesive power of its outsole.
  • The Hiangle toe hooks extremely well, as observed by numerous consumers.
  • Its edging capability is nothing short of incredible, according to several patrons who have bought it.
  • Some users who have tested this rock climbing shoe from Five Ten recommend it highly for bouldering.
  • This offering has a remarkable heel zone, say a few of those who have climbed in it many times.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Its poor construction is a disappointment to more than a handful of wearers.
  • Based on a couple of reviews, its revamped toe box gives a somewhat cramped feeling.
  • An expert who has used the rock climbing shoe says that its snug fit loses tightness with repeated use.

Bottom line

People who need a shoe in which they can climb in heaps of comfort with confidence-inspiring surface traction to boot might want to consider the Hiangle. Those looking to up their game while edging and toe hooking may also find a worthy ally in this 5.10 offering.

The shoe in question, however, has a lot to prove in terms of longevity. Overall, minus its alleged misfires, the Five Ten Hiangle has so much going for it that ignoring it might prove to be a challenge for many.

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Good to know

-The Five Ten Hiangle (men’s and women’s) is an adequately equipped rock climbing shoe whose forte is sending overhanging routes and steep terrain. It is mainly built for aggressive pursuits but capable of providing comfort and all-around performance.

-Five Ten made changes to its heel zone and tensioning system to make the shoe more flexible. Its overall stiff construction, on the other hand, enables climbers to ascend with sufficient support.

-The men's version of this 5.10 climbing shoe no longer sports a mostly leather upper. In its place is a synthetic shell made specifically of microfiber.

-The Hiangle (men's) is still equipped with the Stealth C4 outsole. This time around, however, it comes with a thickness of 3.5 mm, 0.7 mm thinner than what its predecessor had.

Downturn. The Hiangle from 5.10 is an aggressively down-cambered rock shoe. Its engineering offers grip on small protrusions, like tiny nubbins and micro-edges. Its highly curved profile favors single-pitch projects.

Applications. This Five Ten shoe is engineered primarily for sport climbing and bouldering. It delivers adequate performance on overhangs. It may be used both indoors and outdoors.

The Five Ten Hiangle is a low-top rock climbing shoe for men and women. A customized and secure fit is handled by the Velcro strapping system. Its asymmetric shape puts the foot into a curved position. It concentrates the power on the inside edge of the forefoot (the big toe).

Midsole. 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.

Outsole. 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. The men's version is at 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.

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. 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.

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.

-The Hiangle constantly gets updates from Five Ten’s designers.

-This model is offered in a synthetic version.