Five Ten Gambit VCS Climbing Shoe
The Five Ten Gambit VCS is a flat, neutral-last climbing shoe with high-friction rubber and velcro closures designed for comfort and function on longer climbs and foot-friendly support for strengthening beginner's feet. Featuring Five Ten's tried-and-tested Stealth® C4™ Rubber (used on most of their high-end shoes), the Five Ten Gambit VCS has a high amount of friction suitable for all types of climbing, but will excel at smearing on blank slabs and barely there holds. A low heel tension and stiff midsole give the foot solid support to minimise fatigue on longer climbs as well as provide edging performance. A perforated Ariaprene tongue is designed for breathability and to keep your feet cool and dry on longer, warmer climbs, and the leather upper is lined with cotton to ensure a comfortable, no-stretch fit.
The Five Ten Gambit VCS is an ideal all-round shoe, with comfort and support for multipitch or trad climbs and a high-friction rubber that will excel at vertical slab climbing. Great for beginners who are looking for comfort and support, or for intermediates after performance on longer climbs.
The lined leather upper will stretch about a half a size, so remember to size appropriately.
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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
• Designed to fill the gap between the comfort of the Rogue and the more advanced Anasazi line, delivering performance comfort and support for beginners and intermediates alike
• Stealth® C4™ Rubber is extremely versatile
• Dual-strand velcro closure system for easy on/offs and a securer fit of the foot
• Rounded toe box increases rock contact surface area for improved smearing
• Lined leather upper for minimal stretch
• Moulded thermoplastic midsole is stiff for a high level of foot support
2 product reviews
I bought this shoe as my first shoe for bouldering and I am so happy I did. The size was perfect and the shoe fit my foot like a snug glove. When I first took the shoe to the gym I flashed a v2 for the first time and managed to complete two of my projects. I immediately felt more comfortable pushing with my feet and I lost the fear of slipping off the holds. Overall a great shoe for both comfort and performance.(so much better than rentals)
I wear Gambit in gym several times even once on bouldering problem not very hard one though. My outdoor shoe size is 41.5 or 42 I bought these shoes in 41 from epic TV shop.
My first suggestion is to trust the sentence on box "DON'T FIT YOU SHOES TOO TIGHT". Don't go barbaric on your foots with these. As I said I go half size smaller than normal, even though I am not unhappy but I believe I could have buy it with 41.5 and still fit it nice. I think these shoes might be hard on wide foots but any type of foot can stretch it if size is match.
Appearance of Gambit is nice looking. I have to say it is simple flat palm, but still it looks not like beginner shoes in you foots. That would make you more happy.
Even though, this was not my first climbing shoes but it is my Five Ten. I have to say it is one of the most stickiest rubber I have seen. Just touch of rubber on holds even with out putting much of pressure will keep you on. This also applied to hill. The hill is not as much you get from a aggressive shoes of course but, it will surprise you with stickiness.
Only issue I see in my Gambit, is after wearing it almost 2 month just indoor, start opening from front. The line is between palm and toe part rubber. It's not deep at all and in my opinion it would take more than 2 3 years to be a problem. But it is there :)
I recommend it for training.