Five Ten Kestrel Lace Clipless Shoe

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Five Ten Kestrel Lace (Carbon/Black/Clear Grey)
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Solid XC/ trail shoe

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The Good:

Lightweight, decent looking, stiff sole

The Bad:

Stiff sole, cleat height

Overall Review:

I have been a clipless guy for some time now, and although I switch to flats when learning a new skill or just messing around, it is safe to say I am not going back to flats fulltime. I have tried the gamut of Five-Ten clipless shoes looking for the sweet spot between light and stiff for efficiency, and comfortable and protective for more DH style of riding. I have ridden with two generations of the Maltese Falcon, (enduroish shoe) the Hellcat (DHish shoe) and the Kestrel lace (XCish shoe). Although each had its merits, I have settled on the Maltese Falcon as it fits the best of both worlds in my opinion.

As for the Kestrel lace, I think that if you are looking for a shoe that is a bit more trail minded than a standard XC slipper, and that offers some additional protection and comfort this is a good fit. It does have more of an enduro look and feel compared to a carbon soled xc shoe, but has (in my opinion) a very stiff sole, which can be a pain (literally) on longer descents. My other gripe with these shoes, and most clipless shoes have this issue, is that with SPD cleats, the cleats are taller than the sole so they can be slippery if you step right on the cleat surface. This can cause an ice skating effect on slickrock and cause you to fall (ask me how I know). This is less pronounced compared to other clipless shoes I have worn, but still there. These shoes are my go to for commuting and light trail rides, or rides that have a lot of climbing as the stiff sole helps a bit there. They have held up surprisingly well, and show little signs of wear unlike some of my other shoes. I would recommend them to the everyday trail rider who wants something more substantial than a traditional clipless shoe, but does not wear them in the bike park every week as they will likely let you down for that style of riding.

Weird clearance between the cleat and sole

Rating:
The Good:

Good price, comfortable, well ventilated, grippy sole when you miss your cleat

The Bad:

no toe protection

Overall Review:

Fit: I have wide foot and a narrow heal but these fit really well at my true to size. Often I have to size up half to get a wide enough fit.
Construction: I've been riding these shoes for 1.5 seasons and they're still in quality shape.
Function: Laces stay put under the velcro strap and the strap itself is nice for getting some extra closure. The legendary 5.10 sole is awesome for when you miss your cleat. They grip well giving you confidence that you won't blow a pedal until you find cleat. The cleat however doesn't sit as deep into the sole as I was used to. My feet feel like they're floating over the pedal (HT T1s) a fair amount. At first this was really annoying but after awhile I got used to it and actually prefer it. It actually makes engagement super quick and the same for disengagement. It also gives me a bit more float which again was weird at first but ended up being something I like especially while jumping. The only thing I really wish these shoes had was some toe box protection. I've got the toe box caught on rocks and roots which results in smashed toes.

Specifications

Product Five Ten Kestrel Lace Clipless Shoe
Riding Type Cross Country, Enduro / All-Mountain, Trail
Rider Unisex
Construction Stitched Stealth C4 Dotty Rubber Outsole
Perforated EVA Tongue with Mesh Overlay
Non-Slip Heel Cup to Reduce Torsional Flex
Compression Molded EVA Midsole
Stiff Carbon-Infused Nylon Shank
Synthetic Weather-Resistant Micro-Perforated Upper
Sleek, Low-Profile Design
Velcro Lace Strap
Pedal Type Compatible with All SPD Pedals
Sizes US 4 - US 15
Colors Carbon Black, Onix/Yellow, Black/Red, Carbon/Black/Red, Carbon/Black/Clear Grey
Weight 0 lb 15.9 oz (450 g)
Miscellaneous
Price $150
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