By Greg Chapman
Atomic physicist and keen outdoor enthusiast Niels Bohr once wrote; "anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it". Of course he'd never lurched his way up a steep roof. If he had he'd have realised the theory behind the Quantum made clear and perfect sense, although theories never counted for jack without experimental back up, so I waved duality goodbye and took my Quantums to the crag.
The Quantum is a relatively recent toe-down addition to Five Ten's "Micron" (technical precision rock shoes) range, and along with the Hornet, Arrowhead and Blackwing, it takes its place alongside established classics in this series such as the Dragon and Team. In an effort to create something more versatile than the sum of its parts, this shoe, along with the Arrowhead (its Velcro counterpart), is a hybrid of a number of existing models - the Project, Anasazi Lace and Dragon. So have Five Ten made a Quantum Leap in rock shoe design or is this just another esoteric addition to what some would argue is an already top-heavy range?