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Five Ten Aescent vs. Guide Tennie approach shoe?
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Apr 27, 2016
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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. Matt Rhodin
From Syracuse, NY
Joined Sep 10, 2014
75 points
Apr 27, 2016
Owned both for a few years

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

-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
From San Francisco
Joined Oct 6, 2011
127 points
Apr 27, 2016
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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.
Seth Kane
From Bozeman, Montana
Joined Sep 22, 2013
148 points
Apr 27, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: After a very very damp and cold evening climbing o...
The new guide tennies fucking suck, fine leather and fine rubber, get la sportiva, much better quality and much more durable. that guy named seb
Joined Oct 24, 2015
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