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Tenaya Climbing Shoes


Brent Apgar · · Out of the Loop · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 70

I had a pair of Tenayas years and years ago that I picked up from the Barrabes website.
Overall it was a decent shoe (I don't think they make that model anymore) fit was similar to an old Anasazi velcro. Nothing bad to say about em just didn't fit as well as other shoes, same reason I don't wear 5.10's.

superkick Croce · · Houston, TX · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 60

I keep telling myself im going to buy a pair just havent got to it yet. Not being able to try them on anywhere has been kinda deterring me. Really dont feel like buying the wrong size and having to deal with returns and exchanges.

Jeremy Hand · · Northern VA · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 50

+1 for fitting like a sock and being an extremely well made shoe. If any of you are ever in Chattanooga visit Four Bridges Outdoors and try some on, they're the only retailer I know of any where close

superkick Croce · · Houston, TX · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 60

Its either an 8.5 or a 9. I just need to get it right the first time!

Matt Kuehl · · Las Vegas · Joined Nov 2010 · Points: 1,560

Yo smarty pants or anyone in Vegas check out these shoes at Desert Rock Sports! I might even help you put them on

superkick Croce · · Houston, TX · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 60

now available on backcountry.

GhaMby Eagan · · Heaven · Joined Oct 2006 · Points: 385

I'm looking for an all day trad shoe. What size should I look at, street size +/-? Is the Masai pretty stiff???

Adam Sanders · · Erie, CO · Joined Nov 2008 · Points: 150

Hey Sweagan - the Masai is pretty stiff and would be a good choice. Its has a relatively narrow and low volume fit. I wear a size that is pretty similar to 5.10 mocs if that helps. The Ra is another good option - i like the velcro for stretching the toes at belays (the Ra also fits my foot shape a little better)

Jeff G · · Lyons · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 927

I've been using the Ra's for a few months now and I absolutely love them! I had been using the Muira's for several years but the Ra's are more comfortable and outperform the Muira's. I use them for everything from long multipitch routes to single pitch projects.

superkick Croce · · Houston, TX · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 60

I bought some Tatankas. Will let know how they go.

Larry S · · Easton, PA · Joined May 2010 · Points: 841

How do you guys like the heel in these? What would you compare them to? I find that most shoes fit me very tight on the Achilles and annoyingly loose and baggy everywhere else around my heel. I'm particularly interested in the Masai.

Adam Sanders · · Erie, CO · Joined Nov 2008 · Points: 150

Hey Larry, the heels are relatively low volume, meaning they don't have to cut back in so aggressively at the top, so they might be a good fit. As long as your foot isn't really wide the Masai would probably work well. Some of the online retailers will exchange until you are happy. I searched for the Masai on backcountry and found them. The BC folks have always taken good care of me with exchanges and such. But if a local dealer has them already, that would be even better.

Larry S · · Easton, PA · Joined May 2010 · Points: 841

Thanks, Adam. Anyone know of any retailers in the northeast with these or who might have them come spring? I'd really like to try them on.

GhaMby Eagan · · Heaven · Joined Oct 2006 · Points: 385
Adam Sanders wrote:Hey Sweagan - the Masai is pretty stiff and would be a good choice. Its has a relatively narrow and low volume fit. I wear a size that is pretty similar to 5.10 mocs if that helps. The Ra is another good option - i like the velcro for stretching the toes at belays (the Ra also fits my foot shape a little better)
I only use my mocs for indian creek, so they are my street shoe size. Is that what you would suggest? Is there sizing pretty close to other Five Ten shoes? I have a 13 in the Galileo and I wouldn't want to climb multiple pitches in them, besides using them for jamming my toes in thin cracks. Hopefully there is a shop in Portland that has them in my size(s) since I'll be there next week.
Adam Sanders · · Erie, CO · Joined Nov 2008 · Points: 150

My mocs are for the creek, too, but definitely tighter than average creek-shoes. I haven't owned many 5.10s, so I can't speak about the conversion too well. I have a 9.5 Ra that is a good "long-but-still-kinda-hard-route" type comfort/performance fit, and my Sportiva approach shoes are 11. If i wanted super comfort, I could go to a 10, but I prefer a tighter shoe. (for reference, my foot will physically fit into an 8)

superkick Croce · · Houston, TX · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 60

I wear a a 9 in 5.10 anazasi and in the moc.

I got the masai's in a 9 and the fit is good imo. tight but not painful with some break-in will be perfect.

I went with an 8.5 in the tatankas.

street shoe is a 10.

Jason Blevins · · Burlington, NC · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 125
Adam Sanders wrote:Hey Larry, the heels are relatively low volume, meaning they don't have to cut back in so aggressively at the top, so they might be a good fit. As long as your foot isn't really wide the Masai would probably work well. Some of the online retailers will exchange until you are happy. I searched for the Masai on backcountry and found them. The BC folks have always taken good care of me with exchanges and such. But if a local dealer has them already, that would be even better.
Adam and All Others,
I been climbing since about 5yrs old 7yrs on my 1st lead(5.4ish) the top pitch, with father(He told me to do it, hooked to leadind know)... He was a 5.12-5.13 Climber, till he fell 66ft landed on concrete(working) on my 11th B-Day...I didn't climb for awhile, started back in late teens(had to lead 5 pitches to top), father handicaped and friend never climbed...anyway I did mostly Friction/Trad and last year I started Climbing Vertical-Sport/Trad/Top Roping and move from Climbing 5.4-5.7,even one 5.9 and my 1st Vertical lead(5.6ish)...But I couldn't step it up(harder climbs) more because of kind of climbing shoes (2 Pairs Boreal Equonix(10.5) and 5.10 coyotes (11)... both sucked at Vertical Climbing... I'm trying to find the Best Shoes to Up my Vertical-Sport,Trad,Face Climbing, also want New C.Shoes to be comfortable enough to do all day/multi-pitch Vertical??? I been reaseaching for months and Bought pair of 5.10 anasazi V2(Blanco)10.5, took awhile to get in them and toes cramped to point of toe nuckles popping out and heel was Super tight around ankle but could probably fit a golf ball in heel pocket!!! I wear 10.5 street shoes and measure 10.5 inches long foot, with Wide feet at pinkey toe...I narrow down to a couple shoes to help me climb Harder Vertical(Shoes that Edges, Sears/sticks,Toes in pockets and is bearable in Comfort!!! I' looking at 1 of the 4 Tenya(widest, plus features above) and the Mad Rock Flash? If anyone can help me in the search for the right shoe for my situation, please help...Thanks, Everone for you time and coments!!! Best wishhes and climbing! Pic of me Struggling to climb a 5.10 in non-vertical shoes! my email is adrenaline.guy@hotmail.com
Can't get shoe to stick to the dime or smear 5.10...need a pair Vertical Shoe???
Monomaniac · · Morrison, CO · Joined Oct 2006 · Points: 17,295

Jason, Based on those criteria, I would recommend the Tenaya Ra. Its wider than the Masai, but still perfect for multi-pitch trad climbing. They're a great "all-around" shoe, but still perfectly capable of edging on really tiny holds. I've worn mine all day while trad climbing with very little discomfort.

Dana Bartlett · · CO · Joined Nov 2003 · Points: 890

Taylor Ogden wrote:
Any thoughts on how they fit compared to other shoes/brands? I'm specifically interested in how the Ra's compare to Scarpa Vapor V's, if you have used that shoe.

The Ras are softer and a bit more flexible than the Vapors. However, I don't think this hinders their edging ability, and I feel it makes them a bit more versatile than the Vapor. The Vapor has less give when you dorsiflex your foot, and in my experience that inhibits their ability to smear and to function on rock that is off vertical. The Vapor is more supportive because it "locks" your foot in and that makes it slightly better at edging than the Ra, but not by much. The Ra - for my foot anyway - fits a bit wider, as well.

Christopher Barlow · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2006 · Points: 540
Dana Bartlett wrote:Taylor Ogden wrote: Any thoughts on how they fit compared to other shoes/brands? I'm specifically interested in how the Ra's compare to Scarpa Vapor V's, if you have used that shoe. The Ras are softer and a bit more flexible than the Vapors. However, I don't think this hinders their edging ability, and I feel it makes them a bit more versatile than the Vapor. The Vapor has less give when you dorsiflex your foot, and in my experience that inhibits their ability to smear and to function on rock that is off vertical. The Vapor is more supportive because it "locks" your foot in and that makes it slightly better at edging than the Ra, but not by much. The Ra - for my foot anyway - fits a bit wider, as well.
As far as sizing specifically, I wore a Vapor lace-up size 42 screaming tight and a Ra 41.5 at a similar tightness. That said, the Ra is still more comfortable at that size and performs better all around except for really aggressive toeing in - as Dana mentions. Overall, I think the comfort outweighs the minor loss in power as I can use my feet better in less pain.
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