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Five Ten
Blackwing Climbing Shoe (Men's)

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When you look at the Men's Five Ten Blackwing, think Dragon with a Velcro closure. The padded tongue has a super-soft, fleecy microfiber lining. It wicks sweat and gives the top of your foot support and comfort, no matter the angle. The Blackwing fits like a glove, but slides on easily. The team shoe heel cup is extra snug and the Mystique outsole is specifically designed for ultimate friction on overhanging rock.

Rock/Creek, Five Ten and Triple Crown Bouldering Series partner together to offer a special deal on the premire of the new Blackwing.

Gender: Men's
Weight: 6.8 oz / 192.77 g (W's 7)
Material: Synthetic Cowdura upper, Stealth Mystique outsole
Season: F11 S12
Vendor ProductId: 1166
Review ProductId: 23630

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Five TenBlackwing Climbing Shoe (Men's) New
 
4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Sensitive (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Bouldering (11)
  • Indoor (4)
  • Sport climbing (4)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      75% 

      (3 reviews)

      Feels too large

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      71% 

      (5 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid climber (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

High Performance Boulder/Sport Shoe

These are the most aggressive pair of climbings shoes that i have worn. The shoe is design for high level shouldering,and sport climbing. If you are climbing V5/6+ or 5.11's...Read complete review

These are the most aggressive pair of climbings shoes that i have worn. The shoe is design for high level shouldering,and sport climbing. If you are climbing V5/6+ or 5.11's then these shoes would work good for you. If not, I would recommend a pair of Anasazi instead.

These shoes took a while to break in because they are fully synthetic. But after the breakin period ( about 1 month, climbing 2 times a week at the gym) they became manageable to wear. Before i couldn't wear them for more than 10mins, but now i can keep them on for about 30 mins. The Velcro really helps in allowing you to remove and put them back on quickly.

Sizing, i had to size up 1 size from my street shoe. (9.5 street, 10.5 blackwing). But I also have wide foot.

I recommend this to any looking to get to the next higher level.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not exactly what I expected

Okay, so I was really hopeful with these shoes. The dragons are my favorite shoes, so it would follow that I would love these shoes since they've been touted by everyone as velcro...Read complete review

Okay, so I was really hopeful with these shoes. The dragons are my favorite shoes, so it would follow that I would love these shoes since they've been touted by everyone as velcro dragons. But, they're a little softer than the dragons, not as bad as the Jet 7's, but I was expecting a stiffer shoe. My last pair of shoes were the Teams. The heel is supposed to be the same as these, but it felt a little looser. I did get them in a half size too big it seems. They are the same size as my Teams, but run a half size bigger than either the Dragons or Teams. But, if you want something in between the Dragons and Jet 7s, then these might be for you.

Also, and this is my biggest complaint, the fabric on the top is cracking, and this happened a few days after I got them. I've since applied some stealth paint to the toe box to increase durability. The cracking could be superficial, as in the horizontal lines just tend to crack, but I'm worried that since they are attached so well to the fabric underneath, they will start to degrade this fabric.

It's a decent shoe, but nothing special.

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4.0

Ask how to get these puppies on...

By Buckleberry

from Birmingham, AL

About Me Outdoor Enthusiast, Seasoned Climber

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Great Support
  • Great Traction
  • Very Aggressive
  • Very Sticky Rubber

Cons

  • Heel Cup May Not Fit All

Best Uses

  • Bouldering
  • Sport Climbing

Comments about Five Ten Blackwing Climbing Shoe (Men's) New:

Per my review headline... I had to order these online because I am a woman that uses men's rock climbing shoes and the stores near me didn't carry my size. When the shoes came in I thought there was no way I could get them on my feet because I put some hefty effort into trying to get them on, so I took them to the store locations to exchange them and one of the sales people helped me by teaching my how she puts on her 5.10 Teams, a similarly aggressive shoe. It worked! So if you need help learning how to use an aggressive shoe, Rock Creek can help.
The only thing I wish was different about this shoe... is that I wish is wasn't so narrow. I have a wide foot in the front and a narrow heel. There are very few climbing shoes that fit well in the front and back for me.
But overall love these!

  • Sizing:
  • Feels true to size
  • Width:
  • Feels too narrow
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blackwing Fit

By randy baum

from minneapolis, mn

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Great Support
  • Great Traction

Cons

  • Wears Easily

Best Uses

  • Steep Climbing

Comments about Five Ten Blackwing Climbing Shoe (Men's) New:

Fit in the toebox is a bit wider than the Dragons. Being the new heel design, the heel fits very well. Nice suede on the tongue; feels real nice in the shoe. Stretched out over a couple sessions (plus one night over wearing around the house). Only gripe is that the closure loops on the heel could be larger and better fastened. I have two friends who have ripped off the loops.

  • Sizing:
  • Feels too small
  • Width:
  • Feels true to width
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great shoe for steep sport or bouldering

By Rayden8

from Salt Lake City, UT

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy on and off
  • Great rubber
  • Great Toe

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Five Ten Blackwing Climbing Shoe (Men's) New:

      I've been using these shoes for about 8 months now, and they are great. I primarily use these shoes for climbing on steep stuff, and the toe is great for grabbing onto the rock, especially on small stuff.

      Different shoes fit differently on everyone. Also, there differerent shoes for different stles of climbs, and this is one of 3 shoes I use in my arsenal. I use these mostly on steep limestone in American Fork, or conglomerate rock at Maple Canyon.

      My street size is 11.5, and I downsized these to 10.5. At first, I was concerned that these wouldn't fit my wide feet, but I would use a plastic bag to shoe horn my feet in slowly, and these shoes broke in perfectly to fit my feet.

      The rubber has been green, but the last has shown wear on the puffy red part of the outside. Not a huge deal, but I can imagine more wear if someone isn't careful like I am.

      I wish more shoe companies would use the same taco-stle velco for easy on/off of shoes. This is much simpler than slipper-style or lace, especially for those of us with high arches.

       
      4.0

      Dragon with a velcro closure

      By ultrarnr89

      from San Antonio, TX

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Aggressive
      • Great heel fit
      • Sensitive
      • Soft liner
      • Stealth rubber

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Bouldering
        • Sport climbing

        Comments about Five Ten Blackwing Climbing Shoe (Men's) New:

        I climb mostly limestone sport routes (5.11-.13) and boulder outside (V5-8)/ inside (V5-9). This shoe is my go-to-shoe for hard boulders and cruxy sport routes. The sizing is a little difficult to get at first (I wear an Anasazi VCS size 11, Mocc size 10, Project size 10.5, Testarossa 42.5) as I wear a 12 in the Blackwing. Smearing performance is not compromised and it's sensitivity is almost unparalleled. The heel fits very similar to the Team shoe, which is a major plus for those who hate Five Ten's traditional heel fit. I have no dead space in my heel. I would highly recommend this shoe to anyone that is looking for a competition-worthy shoe and seeking to better their skills.

         
        4.0

        Good shoes, heel could be better

        By Shelton

        from Right Coast, US

        About Me Avid Moviegoer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Steep over-hanging

            Comments about Five Ten Blackwing Climbing Shoe (Men's) New:

            Pretty decent shoes for overhanging bouldering. I sized same as street, 10.5 US and dont think I could really benefit from going any smaller. (for more ref; 9 in Mocs, 27.5 true Mondo size)

            They feel really tight when I first out them on but after 20mins they soften up and mold to my feet comfortably enough I can leave them on for up to about an hour in the gym just fine. I have low volume feet with a skinny ankle and most 5.10s never fit my foot right. The fit on these are miles better then the other Five Ten agressive shoes but I feel the fit could still be better on the heel. There is still pockets of dead space around the heel, fine for basic heel-hooks but not the most secure for desperate cranking.

            I climb in the v5/6 range, for anything under that you are better off with a more comfortable and versatile shoe.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great shoe

            By Mike

            from Des Moines, Iowa

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good rubber
            • Great colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoor
              • Overhangs
              • Sport climbs

              Comments about Five Ten Blackwing Climbing Shoe (Men's) New:

              This shoe is exactly what I was looking for. It is a little thinner than other shoes I have worn, but it just takes some getting used to. The rubber sticks on holds I would always slip off before, great for toe-ing in on overhanging routes. Great technical shoe. I wear size 8 evolv pontas and defy comfortably. Went with an 8.5 in the blackings, they fit tight, but good

               
              5.0

              Great new shoe from 5.10

              By Matt

              from Banff Canada

              About Me Movie Buff

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Aggressive
              • Great heel
              • Low volume
              • Short break in time

              Cons

              • A little narrow

              Best Uses

              • Bouldering
              • Sport climbing

              Comments about Five Ten Blackwing Climbing Shoe (Men's) New:

              These are excellent shoes for steep climbing. These feel very similar to the old 5.10 V 10 shoe. The down-turned asymmetrical design allows you to dig into pockets and front-point on small edges with equal aplomb. 5.10 has also resurrected their low volume heel from their older shoes with this new model as this is the best fitting heel I have had on a 5.10 shoe in years. The only gripe I have with the shoe is the sizing, I am a 40.5 in the Anasazi Velcro, a 42 in the Team and a 43 in the Blackwing. So be warned, the shoe runs small and narrow.

               
              4.0

              High Performance Bouldering/Sport Shoe

              By Rocking the Mike

              from Colorado Springs

              Pros

              • Grippy
              • High performance
              • Powerful
              • Sensitive

              Cons

              • Long breakin period
              • Very tight

              Best Uses

              • Bouldering
              • Overhanging Routes
              • Sport climbing

              Comments about Five Ten Blackwing Climbing Shoe (Men's) New:

              These are the most aggressive pair of climbings shoes that i have worn. The shoe is design for high level shouldering,and sport climbing. If you are climbing V5/6+ or 5.11's then these shoes would work good for you. If not, I would recommend a pair of Anasazi instead.

              These shoes took a while to break in because they are fully synthetic. But after the breakin period ( about 1 month, climbing 2 times a week at the gym) they became manageable to wear. Before i couldn't wear them for more than 10mins, but now i can keep them on for about 30 mins. The Velcro really helps in allowing you to remove and put them back on quickly.

              Sizing, i had to size up 1 size from my street shoe. (9.5 street, 10.5 blackwing). But I also have wide foot.

              I recommend this to any looking to get to the next higher level.

               
              4.0

              High Performance Boulder/Sport Shoe

              By Rocking the Mike

              from Colorado Springs

              About Me Avid Moviegoer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Grippy
              • High performance
              • New solid heel
              • Powerful
              • Sensitive

              Cons

              • Extremelly tight
              • Long break-in period

              Best Uses

              • Aggressive Sport Climbs
              • Bouldering
              • Overhanging Routes

              Comments about Five Ten Blackwing Climbing Shoe (Men's) New:

              These are the most aggressive pair of climbings shoes that i have worn. The shoe is design for high level shouldering,and sport climbing. If you are climbing V5/6+ or 5.11's then these shoes would work good for you. If not, I would recommend a pair of Anasazi instead.

              These shoes took a while to break in because they are fully synthetic. But after the breakin period ( about 1 month, climbing 2 times a week at the gym) they became manageable to wear. Before i couldn't wear them for more than 10mins, but now i can keep them on for about 30 mins. The Velcro really helps in allowing you to remove and put them back on quickly.

              Sizing, i had to size up 1 size from my street shoe. (9.5 street, 10.5 blackwing). But I also have wide foot.

              I recommend this to any looking to get to the next higher level.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great pair of climbing shoes

              By avid boulderer

              from Tucson, AZ

              Pros

              • Good fit
              • Great heal for hooking
              • Great rubber

              Cons

              • Fits half size too small

              Best Uses

              • Bouldering
              • Steep routes

              Comments about Five Ten Blackwing Climbing Shoe (Men's) New:

              This is a great shoe. I ordered my first pair in my street shoe size. The fit was a half size too small causing me foot pain. And, in the end, the shoes wore out more quickly than they should have because of the extra stress the stretch placed on the rubber. I've already purchased my second pair (half size larger). They fit correctly now, and I still have all of the grip and power that I had in the smaller size.

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                Can they be machine washed?
                Asked on 10/7/2014 by Ballerina

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                  Yes, but you want to stay away from using hot water, and let them air dry. I machine wash all of my climbing shoes.

                  Answered on 10/8/2014 by Jeff from Rock/Creek
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