ProView – 5.10 Freerider
In order to actually go climbing, most times a walk in is necessary. To be honest, I hate walking. In fact, I’m really only going to walk if climbing or coffee is at the end of said walk. But, over the past month or so I’ve been wearing the 5.10 Freerider approach shoe and I have to say, the walking thing is really not so bad.
The shoe has their proprietary rubber which makes it super sticky on talus and trails as well as just the sidewalk. It’s a low-cut shoe but the stability is really quite good. I used them in Shelf Road and Ten Sleep where the approaches ranged from 10 minutes to an hour and the shoes really performed. Even heading down on loose, ballbearing scree, the sticky rubber the shoe stays on the trail where you want it. The soles are smooth in the arch area and then have the dot traction at the forefoot making for a shoe that climbs pretty well too. I top roped a steep 5.11 in them which either means my footwork in general is bad, or these are the shoes to wear when you scramble.
The only downside I felt was my pair is black which is a bit hot on super sunny days, but that’s a small price to pay for a shoe that walks and edges like a rock shoe but is comfortable enough to wear all day. Plus they come in other colors, and the mesh upper does breathe, so with the other colors I think the heat issue would resolve.
At the crag, I wear them between climbs and fold down the rear of the shoe to wear them like slippers. It made walking between climbs fairly easy and I loved not having to tie them every time!
Because the rubber is sticky, I also wore them on my mountain bike to cruise around. With flat pedals, you can ride some really steep downhills and not slide around. With even small pegs on my pedals, my foot never moved. I see these being good for all the monkey activities like slack lining and buildering, with the perk of never having to change shoes.
So am I a hiker now? No, but I’m a lot happier now when I do since my feet are happier in the Freeriders. Now if I could just find a pair of shoes that can make my pack lighter.
Craig DeMartino has been a climber for the past 24 years. He climbs around the US and the world chasing routes of all types… In 2002 he was accidentally dropped 100 feet onto the talus of Rocky Mountain National Park which resulted in the loss of his leg, a fused back and neck, and a lifetime of chronic injuries. It is also what led him to Paradox Sports. He leads clinics for Paradox teaching other disabled climbers how to get back to climbing, and life, with humor, psych, and a love for their new “normal”. Craig was the first amputee to climb El Capitan in Yosemite in under a day, part of the team on the First All Disabled Ascent of El Cap, and a Bronze Medal winner in the Paraclimbing World Championships in France. He is a dad and husband and loves to spread his love of climbing to the world through our programs at Paradox. – Paradox Sports