As much as we’re all obsessed with climbing, I think the climbing community may be even more obsessed with climbing shoes. I’ve tried on countless pairs, and maybe this isn’t the best way to start out a Five Ten review, but until now I was a La Sportiva kind of gal. For whatever reason they fit me best… until I slipped my foot into the latest high performance shoe from Five Ten. The Hiangle hugs my foot in all the right places and feels incredibly secure on steep terrain and small edges. Here are all the deets on this new release:
Fit: Yet another shoe designed specifically for a woman’s foot, woohoo! Compared to the men’s version, the ladies shoe sports a lower achilles, slightly longer footbed, and lower volume to accommodate our foot shape and lower weight. The slipper design makes it a little difficult to get my foot in the shoe, but after some tugging on the pull-loops, I find myself in a fits-like-a-glove situation. They’re snug, but don’t create any unwanted pressure points. The single Velcro strap provides additional support and stability, and I don’t have any extra room in the heel cup (like I do with some other shoes). As for sizing, go with your exact street shoe size. Sounds crazy, right? But it’s true. I wear a size 8 street shoe and the women’s 8 is perfect for me. I definitely could not go any smaller. Overall, these shoes fit my foot very well, but of course everyone’s different so make your way to a shoe demo, retail store, or order online to test out the fit for yourself.
Form: Finally someone’s gotten the pink climbing shoe right! The non-obnoxious pink is complemented well by cream and bright yellow. And I’m happy to report that the designers at Five Ten have left out “girly” prints or patterns. Thank you! I’m sure some women will still be turned off by the color scheme, but I think the Hiangle strikes a good balance of bold and visually appealing without being over-the-top girly.
Function: A down-turned toe and stiff midsole make this shoe excellent for overhung climbing and precise edging. Thanks to the Stealth C4 rubber I feel incredibly confident that I won’t slip on delicate foot placements. The molded section of rand on the toe box is ergonomically designed not to put pressure on your toe knuckles, and the well-covered toe box makes for secure toe-hooking. If you’re looking for an aggressive and reliable shoe, the Hiangle just might be the right fit.
Finances: This shoe retails at $165, which is comparable to other high-performance shoes.
Crush Status: Reliable partner. This shoe has officially joined my repertoire of climbing shoes as a steady go-to. I know I can trust it to stay put and be there for me when things get burly or when I need a great edger.