Five Ten Anasazi Blanco Review: $195
The most aggressive neutral-shaped shoe in the lineup, Five Ten’s Anasazi Blanco is somewhat revolutionary. With hard rubber that doesn’t bend over time and an aggressive heel cup, this shoe performs well on steep faces and even overhanging routes.
The laces run nearly the entire length of the shoe, letting you tighten any section of the shoe to dial in comfort. A synthetic upper and wide, comfortable tongue conform nicely when tightening the laces.
The “revolutionary” feature is the Blanco’s heel cup. With Five Ten’s most aggressive heel rand, the cup keeps your foot locked in even tighter. In short, the shoe doesn’t bend whatsoever on barely-there edges, letting you efficiently cruise up steep, technical terrain.
Also, the aggressive heel cup lets you throw up heel hooks with confidence that your heel won’t slip around. While continuously overhanging cave climbs require a more downturned toe for holds, heel hooks come in handy on face climbs with the periodic roof to get over.