The Stonelands VCS is technically retired but it's still sold online.The Stonelands VCS is no longer produced by Five Ten. We're showing it as "available" on WeighMyRack because you can still find it at trustworthy online retailers.
Available in both Velcro and Lace closures, the Stonelands have a padded tongue and moisture-wicking terrycloth lining for all-day comfort. Their supportive midsoles conserve your foot strength, and their narrow heel cup and synthetic upper preserve their precision fit. The dual Velcro closure system of the Stonelands VCS offers quicker adjustability over the lace closures for stress-free on-the-wall modifications and easy-on/easy-off convenience.
|Weight|| 258 g|
Single : 258 g / 9.10 oz (Size 9)
US sizes : 8-12.5|
|Best Use (Highest Performance)||
|Last Details|| Shape: Arched (technical)|
|Upper Material||Split-Grain Leather|
|Sole Material||4.2 mm Stealth® C4™|
|Footbed Lining|| |
I immediately noticed the difference in comfort the first time I slid my foot into the Stonelands. My big toe moved right into position, instead of having to be crammed and bunched up. The rest of my toes nestled into place. I had to adjust a little from where I normally place my foot on small nubs with the Anasazis that I often climb in, but the adjustment was easy and I still retained the power to see progress on one of my projects. The one area that I saw a decrease was with pockets. The Stonelands still do a pretty good job with pockets, but it’s really hard to beat the Anasazi design for toeing into limestone pockets. Everything else, including holds on slightly overhanging routes, worked great. Not only do they edge fantastically, but with your toes a little more flat these shoes smear really well and jam cracks with the best of them.
Having not climbed in the lace or slipper versions of the Stonelands, I can’t speak from experience about the benefits or drawbacks of reversing the traditional stiffness trend between lace-ups and slippers.
I can say that the VCS strikes a nice balance between sensitivity, precision and comfort.
If your “all around” includes steep routes, or if elite-level sport climbing is your game, you might want a shoe with a more substantial downturn or more aggressive profile than the Five Ten Stonelands.
But if you need a shoe for trad climbing or a comfortable shoe to wear all day that still provides precision and retains some sensitivity, this is about as good as a climbing shoe can get.