Sizing Five Ten Canyoneers for Really Big Feet

Five Ten Canyoneer 2 Shoe

The Shoe in Question

Each year, I get several questions from curious Sasquatchian Canyoneers wondering, “What is the biggest foot that fits in the Five Ten Canyoneer 2?” As a person with a size 14 foot, I empathize with fellow men and women who struggle to find shoes that fit. I have been fortunate to see what does and does not work in dozens of rental situations where folks with large feet tried on the Canyoneer2, so I thought I’d share this admittedly esoteric knowledge here for the world to enjoy.

First, let’s lay out the important facts to consider when planning a large foot fitting:

1) Foot width is often describes as foot “volume”. A narrow foot is considered “low volume”; a wide foot is “high volume”.

2) The largest Canyoneer 2 size Five Ten makes is 15; the next smaller sizes are 14, then 13 (no half sizes).

3) The sock a person wears inside the Canyoneer 2 greatly affects the fit. Thicker socks offer more warmth in cold water, cushion for hiking, and help low-volume feet fill the width of the Canyoneer 2. Thinner socks provide less insulation (good for summer), but offer less cushion. Here are a few popular sock choices:
-5mm neo socks
-3mm neo socks (similar volume to expedition weight wool socks)
-1.5 mm neo socks (similar volume to mid-weight wool socks)

4) The insole in the Canyoneer 2 offers little cushion or support. It can be removed to increase the volume capacity of the shoe. I would not recommend removing the insole AND wearing no socks, or wearing only lightweight wool socks. This combination is likely to produce discomfort and blisters.

The above factors may help provide context for the following suggestive chart, listing you foot length, volume, and my prediction/suggestion for a 5.10/sock combo.

13, low volume: Yes. Canyoneer 14 with 3mm sock or Canyoneer 15 with 5mm sock.
13, medium volume: Yes. Canyoneer 14 with 3mm sock or Canyoneer 15 with 5mm sock.
13, high volume: Probably, in the size 15 with a 3mm neoprene sock
14, low volume: Yes. Canyoneer 15 with 3mm sock or Canyoneer 15 with 5mm sock.
14, medium volume: Yes. Canyoneer 15 with 3mm sock or Canyoneer 15 with 5mm sock.
14, high volume: Probably. Canyoneer 15 with 3mm sock
15, low volume Probably. Maybe. Try the Canyoneer 15, no insole, with a 3mm sock
15, medium volume: Maybe. Try the Canyoneer 15, no insole, with a 3mm, or 1.5mm sock
15, high volume Very Unlikely, unless you are barefoot, which will be uncomfortable

If your feet are larger than size 15, or you have had no luck fitting in any combination of the above, we do offer emotional support and consolation on our main store line, 435.772.1001. Ask for Dave. And if you have any other questions about the Canyoneer 2, feel free to comment here or ask a question in the “Ask Us!” menu, above.

Dave

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Dave Buckingham guides, outfits, and waxes poetic on all things canyoneering at Zion Adventure Company. When Dave isn’t exploring desert canyons or waterskiing on Lake Powell, you might find him fixing his boat, walking his dog, or tooting his own horn (it’s a trumpet) here in Springdale.
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