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Five Ten Dragon Lace Climbing Shoe
The New Five Ten Dragon - there's a reason this shoe is named after such an aggressive beast. Updated for 2019, the "ultimate bouldering shoe" is back! It keeps the same last but with some improvements and new features. It now has a split sole, with the same thickness and stiffness in the front but with a soft midsole and thinner rubber in the heel combined with an updated heel shape. This gives more flexibility and therefore better fitting into the arch. It's extreme asymmetry combined with a thin layer of 3.5 mm Stealth® HF™ rubber give it expert precision, a high level of sensitivity, and a grip that will make you feel like your hooking with dragon's claws. The HF™ (high-friction) rubber compound has been specially developed for overhanging and steep problems where you are unable to exert as much downforce on a hold - i.e., this rubber grips harder with less effort required by you to make it stick. This is a highly aggressive, highly high-performance climbing shoe, not designed for the faint of feet.
With a microfibre inner with microfibre lining the shoes feel comfortable straight out of the box and means the Dragon will have the absolute minimum amount of stretch.
There is more rubber over the toe, to give enhanced toe hooking. The lacing system is asymmetric, this gives a more ergonomic fit and also allows for an extended toe rand to protect when toe-hooking and give more contact friction on the top of the shoe. Laces will give a more accurate fit if you have a very wide or narrow foot. They are intended to be fit extremely snugly to achieve the highest level of performance possible.
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HF stands for "high friction", and that's just what you get. The HF compound requires less downward force to achieve friction, meaning that it excels on overhanging terrain where the feet exert less power than the arms.