Five Ten Water Tennie | Photo by Darin McQuoid

Five Ten Water Tennie | Photo by Darin McQuoid

Five Ten Water Tennie

[MSRP $120]

Started as a climbing shoe company in California, Five Ten is no stranger to granite, and the Water Tennie is a well-known staple of the whitewater world. The shoe is above average for traction on slickrock and granite, but below average for loose dirt due to the tread pattern. As a high-top shoe, the Water Tennie can be a bit of a hassle to get on and off, but there is no way it’s going to slip off while swimming. The laces are thin and easy to pull tight, but have a tendency to come untied. They are very slow to dry and (we’ve seen it) have a poor reputation for durability. Don’t expect more than a solid season out of these, but with a stiff footbed and good traction, the Tennies are perfect for whitewater enthusiasts who expect to do some serious off-trail hiking.

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