Hueco 2002


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Hueco 2002
Manufacturer Five Ten
Page By Josh
Page Type Dec 20, 2001 / Dec 20, 2001
Object ID 98
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This low-cut rock shoe's updated heel design makes walking in a climbing shoe more comfortable, and it also softens your landings. Molded PU heel provides a cushion for long descents or approaches and helps soften hard landings while bouldering.. Stealth® Dotty treaded heel provides durable traction for walking around the crags without sacrificing performance on the rock. Stealth C-4 sole makes this shoe a superb tool for traditional techniques, performing like a pro on steep smears, cracks and edges. Leather upper has a polyester lining that dries quickly, inhibits mildew and helps to reduce stretching. Asym® slingshot heel and toe keeps the foot positioned over the toes and stabilizes heel for great fit and performance. Asymmetrical construction conforms to your feet and minimizes dead space; side exit heel seam takes pressure off your Achilles tendon. Dual pull-on loops make it easier to get in and out of the shoes without crushing the heel, helping to ensure a long life. Graded midsole allows everyone to get the same great performance and sensitivity regardless of their shoe size.


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Josh - Dec 20, 2001 10:12 am - Voted 4/5

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This is a great all around shoe. I own the 2000 model and I just recently bought the 2002 model (comments coming soon). The 2000's don't have the funky heel tread or the heel padding. If the new heel design is anything like the Ascents (and it seems like it is), it will be a very useful feature.

The 2000's used to be my "all around shoes," but I retired mine in favor of the Five-Ten Ascents. I could easily have just re-soled them and kept climbing with them. I used to use them for long multi-pitch routes, cragging, and occasionally for bouldering. They're comfortable, yet precise. They'll stick to anything, but you can walk down to your pack with out a lot of discomfort. And, of course, Stealth C4 rubber is amazing!

tbnelson - Mar 30, 2002 11:28 am - Voted 3/5

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Excellent all purpose shoe. With the molded heel these are billed for potential use during an approach. I find this unlikely. They are comfortable for all day use and very useful for moderate routes. I have not used these extensively for crack climbing. Fairly expensive price tag. Overall, I like the shoes very much.

I would amend my above comments with major durability issues. I replaced the my Huecos three times after they had begun to fall apart after two or three days of climbing each. Unfortunately my replacements are not as nearly a comfortable shoe as the Hueco and they lack Five Ten's Stealth C4 rubber.

Hendere - Jul 16, 2002 7:53 pm - Voted 4/5

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I have been using a pair of these for about 6 months. I had 2 pairs of the old purple Huecos before that. The new ones seem fit a bit tighter than the old ones, but are still way comfortable. I like them for almost anything except thin cracks. The padded heels help out with ground falls (short ones). Great shoes!

bbense - Jun 18, 2003 1:32 pm - Voted 4/5

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I got these on close-out at the end of 2002. I initially got
them to replace my aging EB's and mostly as a gym
shoe. 6 monthes later they are my favorite shoe. The
EVA wedge really helps with comfort in walking around
and long belays. Durablity may be an issue, most of
the climbing I've done with these has been gym/bouldering so they haven't had a real crack workout yet. They climb really well and I haven't noticed any drawback to the wedge heel yet.

Unfortunately, it appears that 5.10 is going back to Hueco's without the wedge. IMHO, that would be the only thing worth paying the full price for theses shoes. If you're looking for a similar style of shoe the Scarpa Marathon has gotten great reviews. Also I noticed that 5.10 is closing out these shoes on their
website for $95.

STW - Sep 30, 2003 11:30 am - Voted 4/5

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I've always loved five ten stealth rubber, but for some reason, I have often bought other brands of rock shoes. Then after using those for a while, I'll switch back to a FiveTen model, and wonder why I ever bought those LaSportivas (or Scarpas, or whatever).

I picked up a pair of these on clearance and have only used them about a dozen times. So far, I just love them! I am primarily a trad climber (up to 5.11 or so). These shoes have performed really well for me for my moderate climbs. I do have a pair of more precise shoes (FiveTen Newtons) for my harder climbs. That said, the Huecos do climb well enough for most situations. They aren't so great for thin cracks and climbs where you need lots of sensitivity. They edge pretty well, smear pretty well; and the comfort is great. I can wear mine for all-day climbs and long bouldering sessions. The padded heel wedge certainly adds to the comfort, and the fact that it has a dot tread pattern gives you some security when walking down the backs of dirty or leaf-strewn boulders.

Rock shoe sizing is so confusing. My street shoe size is 8.5 (US). My La Sportiva Synchros (which I now hate) were size 40.5 (which equates to a 7.5 or so). My FiveTen Huecos are a size 8. My FiveTen Newtons are a size 9. Go figure.

jenniferdenoya - Dec 6, 2004 10:57 am - Voted 4/5

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This shoe was recommended to me as a good beginner's shoe; indeed it was. As a beginning climber, it was tough to become accustomed to both climbing and walking around shall I say, "discomfort?" As I've tried other brands of shoes, I've found that the Five Tens aren't uncomfortable at all. In fact, they offer more comfort than any other shoe I've tried on to date. I'm sticking with them for now, as I think they're a great shoe for a beginner.

The cushioned heel is great for landings, too!

Rick Huff - Sep 9, 2008 8:19 pm - Hasn't voted

My favorite
I bought mine for $20 at an REI garage sale as a "backup" shoe and they became my go-to shoe. They are more comfortable than the two La Sportiva rock shoes (and I am a loyal La Sportiva Trango S man!) I have had and climb just as well. I think I like the rubber better, especially on slabs/friction climbing.

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