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Five Ten Blackwing

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The Five Ten Blackwing climbing shoe has been rebooted. Gone is the black and red 'jellybean' upper, to be replaced by a more familiar Five Ten Cowdura finish, as seen across the mainstream Five Ten range.

The basic premiss and fit of this specialist downturned climbing shoe remain in place, however post makeover the Blackwing seems to have taken on a slightly heftier more rugged construction. Five Ten claim this is a Velcro version of that design classic, the Dragon, however we would argue it is more a cross between the Five Ten Team and the now discontinued JET7. As downturned climbing shoes go, this beast is certainly a contender; offering a robust, low stretch, lined construction, duel Velcro straps and it's good to see the return of more substantial pull-loops, which have been sadly lacking on a number of other recent additions to the range. As with the Dragon, the Blackwing comes armed with Stealth HF rubber across the sole and rand, renowned for its high levels of friction and decent durability.

Despite the growth in toe-down shoes from across the brands, Five Ten's ability to design and build climbing shoes with incredible levels of curved asymmetry, resulting in amazing steep terrain specific shoes remains unparalleled, and the Blackwing certainly upholds this tradition to the highest standards.

Sizing: as is often the case, the sizing on this shoe does not sit inline with other Five Ten shoes of a similar ilk. We reckon it's pretty small fitting and you will probably need to up size by at least half a size from what you take in the Dragon and certainly a full size from anything from within the Anasazi range.

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  • Age Group: Adult
  • Colour: Blue
  • Lining: Synthetic lined
  • Outsole: Stealth HF
  • Upper: Synthetic 'Cowdura'
  • Gender: Male
  • Last: Technical toe-down
  • Manufacturer: Five Ten
  • Closure: Strap
  • Weight: 406g

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A Rock + Run Customer
Eugene M.

Best shoes! Fast shipping

These are most similar to the dragons, and a velcro version of them (almost) but a little more protective of the ankles and hugging. Great shoes, super sensitive. Fit is small though!!

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Tim G.
United Kingdom

Probably the best 5.10s for wide feet

Needed this shoe in a full type sizes bigger than my street shoes for it not to be painfully tight on my roman toes. Unfortunately they were out of stock but felt like this shoe would've been perfect for me with a good level of downturn. I prefer overhang bouldering to slab bouldering so this shoe would be perfect for it. A great level of stiffness for support and a decent amount of stickiness. Would recommend this shoe for V3 and above

Richard T.
United Kingdom

Mushy heel

The fit is good but the heel is terrible, too lose and mushy. Sportiva heels are much better for me. I couldn't imagine trusting a heel hook in these. Otherwise they are quite nice in the mid section and toe box.

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My Favarite

I use this shoes,in serious situation.I gratefully rely on it.


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