Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Insight
Manufacturer Five Ten
Page By Joseph Bullough
Page Type Nov 14, 2005 / Jan 22, 2007
Object ID 1481
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From REI:
The Five Ten Insight shoes are comfortable, unique and versatile. Built tough to handle dirt, mud, scree, talus, and steep rock on approaches.


  • Durable and flexible nubuck leather uppers with nylon mesh panels supply ample comfort for all-day wear

  • Rubber toe and slingshot heel randing protects feet and uppers from bumps and abrasion while ensuring a secure fit

  • Features secure, flat laces and tongues plus dual heel loops that aid in entry and exit

  • Wicking nylon mesh linings absorb excess moisture and dry quickly for enhanced comfort

  • Removable footbeds add cushioning and moisture management underfoot

  • Long-lasting Phylon™ midsoles absorb shock and provide cushioning on rough terrain

  • Rigid fiberboard midsole supports add torsional rigidity for performance on uneven and rocky ground

  • Co-molded Stealth® C4™ and S1™ sticky rubber outsoles utilize differing densities for ample traction and grip on all surfaces


    Upper: Nubuck leather/nylon mesh

    Lining: Nylon

    Midsole: Phylon EVA

    Support: Fiberboard

    Outsole: Stealth C4 and S1 rubber

    Average weight: 2 pounds


  • Reviews

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    Joseph Bullough - Nov 14, 2005 3:57 pm - Voted 5/5

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    I've owned a pair of Insights for about four weeks now, and have been very satisfied. I've worn the shoes on dirt, rock, mud, sand, and wet pavement, and they stick fiercely on all these surfaces. And with their obvious rock climbing heritage, it goes without saying that they climb very well for an all day/approach type shoe. My ankles are prone to sprains, which will prevent me from using these low-cuts on hikes with long scrambles and/or extended boulder hopping, otherwise I'd probably be wearing these on the majority of my fair weather day hikes. Durability remains to be seen, but for now its 5-stars.

    plain zero - Jun 13, 2007 11:01 am - Voted 5/5

    So far so good
    I have these shoes and so far I've taken them on one multiday trip to the grand canyon. I use them as my primary backpacking trail shoes since I generally stick to the trails and don't do a lot of trailblazing. They are lightweight, comfortable and I like the way they look.

    I bought these for the grip and they do deliver. They stick to every surface like glue at all sorts of crazy angles. The downside to this is that in descents, my feet tend to slide forward in the shoe and squash my toes a little bit. This gets a little uncomfortable and led to a couple blisters on the South Kaibab trail as the downhill miles built up. I'm not sure if this is due to the shoes themselves, the way I was lacing them up, or just a fact of life. I'm still giving the shoe 5 stars, but I will adjust this after in September after my next big trip if I can't sort this problem out.

    benners - Dec 13, 2008 8:40 pm - Voted 5/5

    Excellent Shoes
    I've been through one pair of these and recently bought a second. My experience with them has been nothing but that of satisfaction and comfort. I primarily use these shoes for summer scrambling in Colorado. They are comfortable, light, and stylish. The most useful aspect of this shoe is its rubber; ultra-grip material and varying traction patterns on the bottom of the shoe make it stick to literally anything, I have been impressed with what I can do with these in a climbing sense. Beyond that the shoe has excellent support and toe/side protection from scree and loose rocks, the shoe has always given me confidence to jump into a scree pile. It is an extremely stiff shoe and incredibly durable; I put around 600 miles of hiking, scrambling, and climbing on my fist five tens before a hole finally wore through the toe. I have since bought another pair and have been very satisfied.

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