The Guides: A great all around performer. Five ten came out with this shoe with guiding in mind. They have a stiff last which makes for great edging power and allows for all day comfort. My feet don't fatigue while standing on micro edges in Eldorado Canyon. Additionally, The Guides come lined so don't expect them to stretch much, which I really like in a climbing shoe. They also have a bit more padding in the tongue and sides of the shoe to protect your feet from abuse in cracks. Another great feature is the heel cup and heel rand. My heel takes up 100% of the heel cup and the rand doesn't dig into my achilles tendon which I've had issues with using other shoes. This is really important on long routes where your shoes are on all day. Bottomline is these shoes are a great all day shoe that blends comfort and performance!
The Pinks: What can I say that hasn't already been said about the phenomenal Anasazi line from 5.10? The Pinks are another great re-addition to the Anasazi family. Designed with power edging in mind these shoes won't disappoint. They come with an asymmetric toe box to force power onto your big toes for supreme holding power. Once again, an excellently designed heel cup and heel rand keeps my foot secure in the shoe without slipping. A lining and dual pull on loops round out The Pinks. These will for sure be my go to shoe for high end trad climbing and edging testpieces.
|The Pinks in action. Eldorado Canyon.|