Five Ten Anasazi Blanco Climbing Shoe
The Five Ten Anasazi Blanco is back by popular demand, and, amazingly, Five Ten have worked their magic to produce a climbing shoe with even greater edging performance than the precision powerhouse that was the original Blanco.
Five Ten have taken everything that made the original Anasazi Blanco loved and renowned - its last, asymmetric shape, Stealth® C4™ rubber, high-tension heel rand - then added a few effective features to bring it into the modern age of climbing. The new Blanco has a thermoplastic midsole that is stronger and stiffer, increasing edging stability and control whilst also helping to prevent deformation, allowing the shoe to retain its shape and performance characteristics after hard, intensive use. For warmer days and longer climbs, a perforated upper has been utilised to add breathability and help prevent feet from sweating out. Finally, the eye stay now has a welded construction for a sleeker shoe, which makes it less likely to fray following scrapes on rock, spoiling your favourite edging tool. Precise and powerful, this shoe is like no other when it comes to micro holds and edges, and the most insecure, untrustworthy, fickle footholds.
The Blanco features a lined synthetic upper, so expect the minimum amount of stretch.
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Asymmetric Toe Box
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Stealth C4 Rubber
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Stealth® C4™ Rubber
A high-friction rubber used on the majority of Five Ten’s shoes due of its all-round performance and versatility. Five Ten first debuted this rubber on the original approach shoe, the Five Tennie, in 1985, and since then Stealth rubber has always been developed by Five Ten themselves in direct conjunction with their shoes, unlike other shoe manufacturers who outsource their rubber. The result is a rubber that works with your shoe harmoniously.
Full Features List
• Focus on edging performance
• High-tension heel rand directs power through the toe box, great for edging
• Stealth® C4™ rubber outsole (4mm) is versatile, for all types of climbing
• Lace closure system allows for a secure fit across a variety of different foot types
• Lined, synthetic upper has minimal stretch
• Thermoplastic midsole is anti-deformation, maintaining the shoe's performance characteristics over time
• Asymmetric toe box to direct power through the big toe
• Suitable for edging, sport climbing, technical trad climbing, and bouldering
6 product reviews
great performance at a reasonable price. A little effort to break in at US size 11 over others in the range (i own two other pairs of 5-10s (VCS brown US size 9.5 and pinks US size 10.5). the performance on steep walls has been significant with these, and the rubber and stiffness fantastic. the heel is ok but still gives the archilles tendon grief at the end of a hard days climbing. I have high volume feet (think hobbit feet) and i find the range of Anasazis a better fit than most anything else. as a general sports climbing workhorse i almost always turn to the VCS or the pinks for trad, but for complex terrain on steep ground the Blancos are great.
really love the shoes, i can eve wear them for a longer time since they are not too uncofortable (once they are broken in) stealth ruber for me is still the best on the market, so I´m also happy with that.
my only negative point is the heel, there is just way to much empty space for me and I´m wondering who got heels like that??
Anyways I´m not really using them on climbs where I need to heelhook a lot.
on vertical and slightly overhang climbs they are just perfect, even the tiniest of footholds feels amazing to stand on.
The 5.10 Blanco's are simply great!
The super stiff sole is what makes these shoes so good, you just trust them to hold on to any foothold you see, as small or slippery (props to the C4 rubber here as well) as it may be. As the description says, they are edging MACHINES!
I have never had a shoe I trusted this much, just put your foot down and push upwards!
I feel the Blanco's excel specifically in outdoor climbing. They will give you the extra confidence to use footholds you normally rather wouldn't and push on in those moments of dire need! I never had a shoe do that for me...
My next pair will be... 5.10 Blanco again!
I bought this shoe for a trip to the Welsh slate quarries based on its stiffness and edging abilities. Needless to say, it was definitely stiff. Once I got over the initial shock of what felt like a lobster pinching the back of my heel (the Blanco’s really do give a snug fit), this shoe felt amazing for getting good precision on tiny edges. Although the stiffness takes a bit of getting used to if you bend your foot a lot when climbing. As usual, the 5.10 stealth rubber is also great for smearing when appropriate! Fantastic shoe!
I bought this shoe because it would be al little more stiff on the bottom of the shoe than the lace version. Thats correct and i like that part very much. Edging is formidable and its good enough for all round climbing. The shoe hurts a bit more on the back of my feet to my heels that,s a petty. As total i like though a bit more than the lace for single pitch. For multipitch i would prefer the lace. A "step in" version of this shoe would also be welkom. I give 4 1/2 points