Just got a chance to test drive the new Five Ten® Rogue climbing shoe. The website describes the Rogue as an "affordable performance shoe designed to take climbers from the gym to the rocks...perforated upper for excellent breathablity. This shoe is all about climbing better...increased comfort and control with a precise fit and performance materials. The Rogue will take you to the next level."
What an apt description! This all-arounder, with my favorite Stealth® C4™ rubber, will be a great workhorse that won't break the budget. After one wearing, they are already breaking in nicely and performance-wise, they aren't far off from the widely-loved Anasazi Velcro models.
Though I will try to keep them out of the hand-size sandstone splitters (to preserve the uppers) I guarantee this shoe will make the cut for the quiver for all other ventures. I went all Rogue on my "30 problems in 30 minutes" bouldering circuit at the Big Bend boulders, covering terrain from slabs to steeps, v0- to v8, and they met the challenge at every level. I fit them as I do my Velcro VCS (1 size down from street shoe) and that is for sure a performance fit—one could size up for an "all-day" fit. I for one, am sold on going Rogue!