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Five Ten Dragon VCS Climbing Shoe
The classic Dragon that has been in Five-Ten's line-up for over a decade gets some modern updates. Still a high performing aggressive boulder shoe, with a great shape, it keeps the same last but with some improvements and new features. It now has a split sole, with the same thickness and stiffness in the front but with a soft midsole and thinner rubber in the heel combined with an updated heel shape. This gives more flexibility and therefore better fitting into the arch. The sole is 3.5mm Stealth HF (High Friction) rubber, Five-Ten's softest rubber compound. With softer rubbers you need less weight to activate the friction making it great for steep climbing, grabbing tiny divets really well on overhanging terrain which combined with the moderate downturn turns your feet into hooks and gives lots of sensitivity. It is probably not the shoe for edging on tiny foot holds on slabs.
The main material is now lined-microfibre with microfibre lining giving comfort straight out of the box. It is really soft with a cushion quality even in a tight aggressive fit. The lining maintains the shape and fit over time keeping the Dragon virtually stretch-free.
There is more rubber over the toe, to give enhanced toe hooking. The velcro version is new for climbers who like to get their shoes on and off fast. The velcro fastening is asymmetric so that it pulls at a greater angle and cinches the fit tighter.
Could this be the ultimate bouldering shoe?
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HF stands for "high friction", and that's just what you get. The HF compound requires less downward force to achieve friction, meaning that it excels on overhanging terrain where the feet exert less power than the arms.