5.10 introduces Mi6 rubber

posted by dpm on 02/06/2013

5.10 showcased their new Mi6  rubber compound at the recent Outdoor retailer tradeshow and it's been dubbed a "game-changer." The rubber was developed specifically for the movie "Mission Impossible 4" after their request for "something that will climb glass." The first climbing shoe with MI6 rubber will be the Team VXi, available in fall '13. Five Ten's rubber wizard, Charles Cole, describes it best in the following video:

Click the image for video of Charles Cole telling the Mi6  story. 

MI6 rubber won the gear institute's Best in Show Award at the Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow Winter 2013. From Five Ten's press release:

The Gear Institute Best In Show Award highlights “the authentic innovations and game-changing products that will matter the most next winter.” After dubbing Stealth Mi6  a “game-changer,” Gear Institute editor and founder, Justin Nyberg wrote, “Having felt the compound, it's incredibly sticky and gummy—like no other climbing shoe rubber we've ever seen…it ought to smear like a beast. We can't wait to see what it will do for blank walls that are currently thought of as unclimbable.

Five Ten received more accolades for Mi6 rubber from The Gear Caster, one the industry’s most popular blog and twitter sites. To quote Amy Jurries, ace gear tester; “Slippy holds at the climbing gym? Super polished routes that feel almost like marble? Water on your climb? No problem. The new Stealth MI6 rubber from Five Ten will grip its way up even the blankest of walls." Mi6  is a revolutionary new rubber that offers unprecedented cushion and shock-absorption with the durability and friction of our benchmark Stealth C4. MI6 rubber debuts for Fall ’13 on Five Ten’s new Team VXi, the lightest performance competition climbing shoe available (5.10 ounces per shoe) and the Freerider Pro VXi Elements, a winterized all-mountain flat-pedal bike shoe.

Charles Cole accepts the Outdoor Retailer's Best in Show award for Mi6  rubber. Photo courtesy: 5.10.