Tim Kelton Reviews The Five Ten Water Tennie’s

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Tim Kelton Reviews The Five Ten Water Tennie’s

I’ve been using Five Ten shoes for a while now. I’ve used the Five Ten Canyoneers for 4 seasons, and have done everything from twenty mile hike in runs, to gorged in mossy-wet British Columbia runs in the Canyoneer II. Because they are made for  Canyoneering the fit is tricky (getting neoprene clothing and socks into the boot),  but their Stealth Rubber is just leaps and bounds above anything else on the market. When I saw Five Ten was coming out with a new shoe I got quite excited. The rubber soles are still made with Five Ten’s patented Stealth Rubber, just like the Canyoneers. The shoe is a much lighter weight and very similar to my old Patagonia shoes which were a hybrid of rock climbing meets kayaking. The rubber on the sides of the shoe provides friction when you place your foot in tighter spots, such as when setting safety.

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  • Stealth Rubber – nothing else is comparable!!!
  • Great fit for times when you don’t need neoprene socks.
  • Lighter weight than the Canyoneer’s.
  • More flexible and a thinner mid sole lets your foot wrap around rocks for traction.
Bad ass river shoe


  • Got my first pair only a few days ago, so I can’t comment on long term durability.
  • They don’t give them away, but when I’m on an exposed portage I don’t usually think about saving $30.
  • Some might prefer a stiffer mid sole for walking, like the Canyoneer.

Classic NM creekin’.

The FiveTen website has some really cool stuff on it including a few super human videos. Check out this anti-gravity, dub stepping, heel locking first ascent of The Right via Freedom V13 in Boulder Canyon, Colorado. If you don’t know what V13 means, go  try a V0,V1 or V2….then you will see how insane this video is:

Impressive slack line video. Filmed in Prescott, AZ.

And last but not least…the wing suit. Stealth Rubber on the way up, and then huge cahones for the ride down:

Click here to see the rest of the FiveTen Video stash.

5 thoughts on “Tim Kelton Reviews The Five Ten Water Tennie’s

  1. The Kokatat Seeker Water Shoe Review - Colorado Kayak Supply Blog

    […] The Seekers do not have a very thick sole on them, which makes them NOT the ideal choice for full on creek boating or true wilderness trips. If you are looking for a river shoe that has a heavy duty sole that can withstand the rigors of long portage trails or hikes in and out of the river (Sierra runs) the Seekers may not be the best choice. The Kokatat Scout, Five Ten Water Tennie or Keen Gorge Boot are much better options. The Water Tennies in particular are GREAT for serious runs. […]

  2. Mozz_uk

    As you posted this a few months, any update on the long term durability of the water tennie? I am a raft guide, so I need a shoe that isn going to fall apart after 2 months of continuous use!

    1. ckspaddler

      I have been wearing them out here in CO for a while. I use them for SUP, portaging, walking in the river (SUP), and ww paddling. So far they have lasted a long time, and the rubber is still mint. Best river shoes I have had…

  3. joe

    How is the sizing on these? I’m a 10 in most boots but an 11 in running shoes

    1. ckspaddler

       I have a pair of the Water Tennies as well. They are true to size. I am a 10.5 / 11 and have 11 and they fit well. I got them a half size larger to compensate for wearing booties under them.

      Are you planning on wearing the shoes over dry suit booties?
      If so, then you may want to size up by a .5 size.


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