Don't know which ones to get.. I love the toe box feature of the guide tennie as it seems it will make them climb incredibly well, however I've been seeing a lot of reviews saying they fall apart very quickly. The aescents seem great. I love the style and they get mostly postive reviews. Just wondering how they climb compared to the tennies. Would love to hear someone's two cents! Thanks.
Guide Tennie -more towards a low top hiker now -stiffer (done gym 5.11's in them no problem) -less breathable / hotter -beefy molded protective toe box -better for long approaches, heavy loads, and aid in relation to the Aescent
Aescents -more like a regular sneaker -softer than a guide tennie but still climbs great, just not the edging power that a guide tennie has, but your foot is closer to your outsole. (also done gym 5.11's in them no problem) -more breathable -shorter suede toe box which I actually liked more than a guide tennie for crack climbing in them -My favorite shoe for flat pedal mtb riding -imo a much better every day/ do everything shoe
If you want to climb 5th class in them or use strapon crampons or want them for big walls get the guide tennies. If just for hiking to crags/everyday use get the ascents.
IMO the durability on the guide tennies is hit or miss. My current pair is in good shape after three walls 500+ miles hiking and a few dozen OWs, but I've had pairs fall apart in less then a hundred miles hiking and no hard climbing use. I prefer the older style guide tennies if you can find em.