Five Ten Anasazi VCS Climbing Shoe

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Five Ten Anasazi VCS Climbing Shoe and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 82 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.1 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.1 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 157

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • The heel tension forces the whole foot to flex while the shoe remains flat, allowing you more surface area for gripping to rock.
  • Short break-in time and comfortable.
  • Velcro closure to adjust tension in the heel.
  • Great for edging.
  • The leather on the top and the sides provides flexibility.
  • Great for bouldering.
  • The shoe makes your foot work the toe-down maneuver.

Expert Reviews

  • Features Stealth Onyxx rubber, which is top-of-the-line.
  • Durable, even after months of use.
  • The flat sole helps you stick your toes to small features, making the shoe great for edging.
  • The heel is comfortable, with ample rubber for heel-hooking.
  • Smearing is comfortable since the shoe is not aggressive.
  • The snug fit and lack of aggressive design makes this shoe comfortable for long use.
  • The heel tension and stiff sole help with support.
  • The synthetic upper and the molded toe-cap increase the consistency of the fit.
  • The shoe is rigid enough to withstand torquing and standing in cracks.
  • The flat foot and rounded toe doesn’t hinder the performance capabilities.
  • Great choice for beginners.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Should try on shoes before purchasing due to sizing discrepancies and tightness preference.
  • Color discrepancies online versus in person, with the color appearing more blue than purple.

Expert Reviews

  • Not the best for overhang problems.
  • Not the best at pockets for footholds.
  • The leather is a bit thin, and does not protect your toes.
  • The high-rand tension may make this shoe uncomfortable on slabs.


The Five Ten Anasazi VCS Climbing Shoe is an adjustable and supportive shoe that is a great choice for all-day wear and versatile climbing. The fit is good for beginners and also may suit experts, combining technical ability, stiffness, and comfort into one shoe.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.