The Five Ten Contact Shoes may have been designed in sunny California, but it was built for nasty conditions. The upper is constructed with synthetic polyester textile, while the Stealth Mi6 rubber outsole provides the perfect amount of cushioning and vibration absorption, as well as tackiness on smooth surfaces such as metal and polished rock. It keeps on the pedals and won't wear out before they have given you a long life of use. This is a do it all, mess around in the mountains, the park, or the local bike shop, type of shoe.
First month into wearing the new 510 Freerider Contact shoe and Im very pleased. These replaced my worn out 510 Impacts that lasted for 4 seasons and I absolutely loved. The Freeriders are a lot lighter, smaller and breath better but that's to be expected and for the majority of the riding I do (all mountain/XC)they are perfect. The flat sticky stealth sole anchors my feet to the bike and even feel like they provide a little lift on the upstroke. Nice material and quality. Large rubber toe cover has already protected my toes from rock garden hits.
PROS: Durable, Stylish, Comfortable
BEST USES: After Ride Lounging, All Around Biking, Mountain Biking
First impressions are that the shoe is very comfortable and lightweight compared to a traditional SPD-clipless MTB shoe. Very comfortable to walk in and seems well-made. The Stealth rubber bottom is incredibly sticky. I have yet to slip a pedal going down some gnarly stuff. The downside is that even with less than a 100 miles on them, there is definite wear from the pedal pins in the soft rubber. Can't have it both ways though with super soft rubber... grip>longevity. My biggest complaint is the lack of any lace retention feature. This seems stupid for a purpose-built biking shoe. Even my Adidas Terrex hiking shoes have a little elastic strap on the tongue so you can secure your tied laces underneath. Simple.
PROS: Simple to Use, Comfortable, Good Traction, Well Ventilated
I've had these out on 4 rides now so I've had a chance to evaluate them pretty thoroughly. The last ride I did was a 20 miler with about 3500' of climbing in hot weather followed by rowdy 3500' of descending. The shoe is nice and stiff which helps translate energy in the pedal strokes... no loss on the climbs. I didn't lose contact with the pedals once on the descent including off jumps and over gnarly root sections. Overall I'd rate it a great shoe. I think some of the softer Five Ten shoes might be more comfortable for hanging around in but I didn't buy these for that purpose and they are still more comfortable than any of my clip shoes ever were.
These shoes are working really well for me. Just the right amount of girth to the shoe without it feeling clumsy, sticks to my Spank Oozy pedals like being clipped in. You will not be disappointed in these shoes, good for trail riding. f you plan on primarily doing DH you should look into the Impact VXI.
I have used eggbeaters for a decade and decided to switch to flats after a few too many low speed falls when I couldn't wrench my foot out fast enough to save myself. These shoes don't move on the pedal, and aren't ungainly and slippery for walking
Awesome shoes. Was hesitant on the flat soles, but they are amazing. Literally almost too sticky (makes adjusting your foot position a bit difficult at times). Have about 50 miles of downhill and trail riding with no signs of wear.
They do what they're supposed to. Didn't think it would make a difference vs skate shoes or sneakers, but it's a huge difference. Slipping off pedals is almost a never now. They are real stiff, but that helps with stability, pedal effort, and safety against smashing your toes everywhere. Made me feel more confident after some riding. At the beginning it does take getting used to though. Worth it.
Love the shoes. They do their job, and help a lot. I didn't think it would be such a difference.
I use these shoes for riding trails. Paired up with flats, my feet stay planted when they need to and can be readjusted if need be. The mid sole isn't overly stiff so walking around in them ain't so bad. Haven't had them long enough to know how they'll wear but so far so good.
Light weight, hard to get shoe strings tight at toe end, and very tacky but wore them dozen times and the rubbers is chewed up almost to the sole. Not sure if I'd buy this shoe again or stick with the cheaper Five Ten.
I Loved my old Freeriders, but the new version is narrower and doesn't fit my foot as well. I even went up a size and it still cramps my foot, especially on long downhill runs. I wish they hadn't changed them.
Wore these twice and the rubber on the side has a tear in them. Fiveten would not stand behind them. I have three different friends that bought these and one other model and all of them had the soles come apart in half a summer. They all told me just after I ordered mine. We will never buy these overpriced cheap shoes again. Junk!
PROS: Good Traction
CONS: Soles come apart and rubber on side tears easy
colors and materials are good, the big rounded toe makes them look like a toddlers shoe, they need to be narrower going towards the toes. First ride out I crossed a stream with little water and feet came right off the pegs on the opposite uphill peddle. I read all these reviews about how sticky the soles where and here I am with my pedals grinding my calves. I opted not to get clips because of the reviews on the sticky soles. So far not what I expected.
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