Five Ten Freerider Shoe

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Five Ten Freerider Shoe

A good shoe at a good price

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Five Ten Freerider Shoe
The Good:

Excellent grip, causal looks, excellent ventilation, good pricepoint

The Bad:

lacks a little durability, can get waterlogged while crossing streams

Overall Review:

Let’s face it, grip is kind when it comes to aggressive riding. Grip is also a key ingredient for feeling confident on while on a bike. The more confident you feel, the better you will ride. Therefore, the better grip you have, the better you will ride. When it comes to grip, there’s one brand of shoe that is always brought up: Five Ten. They make a variety of shoes and they all offer excellent grip. Having worn through an old pair, I got my hands on a new pair of their most popular shoe, the Freerider. After a few months of riding, here are my impressions:

Detailed Specs:

Stealth S1 rubber outsole

Suede & mesh upper

One-piece Read More »

Overall Review:

Let’s face it, grip is kind when it comes to aggressive riding. Grip is also a key ingredient for feeling confident on while on a bike. The more confident you feel, the better you will ride. Therefore, the better grip you have, the better you will ride. When it comes to grip, there’s one brand of shoe that is always brought up: Five Ten. They make a variety of shoes and they all offer excellent grip. Having worn through an old pair, I got my hands on a new pair of their most popular shoe, the Freerider. After a few months of riding, here are my impressions:

Detailed Specs:

Stealth® S1™ rubber outsole

Suede & mesh upper

One-piece molded cupsole

Classic Dotty™ tread

Weight: 931 grams (Size 12US)

Retail: $100

 

Out of The Box:

When pulling these Freeriders out of their packaging, they don’t look not much different than regular shoes someone would wear down the street, through the hall, or at the mall. However, once you throw them over a thin plate of metal with spikes pointing up, they quickly separate themselves from the basic “skate” shoe. It’s this fundamental concept that I feel has made them so popular.

Aside from the looks, the weight of these shoes is that similar to skate shoes as well. Coming in at 931 grams for size 12US, they aren’t too heavy, even for those looking for high performance gear.

 

On the Trail:

As mentioned above, what makes the Freerider so great is the classic rubber outsole. Five Ten calls it their Stealth S1™ rubber and has really built a solid reputation for the company. 

The S1 rubber offers a perfect balance of grip and durability that will satisfy the majority of riders out on the mountain. Even after months of riding, the outsoles show very little signs of wear. Compared to their Mi6 (their grippiest) compound which showed indentations where the pins bit through the first portion of the outsole.

The mesh sections of the upper shoe offer excellent ventilation for the hottest of summer rides. As expected with this mesh however is the lack of waterproofing. When wearing the Freeriders, beware of cross streams which will completely saturate your shoes if you aren’t careful.

The Freeride shoe comes with a pretty basic insole which offers good support but nothing out of this world. If stability is #1 on your list, I would look at an aftermarket insole or possibly spending $50 more and going with the Freerider Pro which has a slightly more advance insole.

 

Durability:

The S1 outsole of the Freerider offers the best grip to durability ratio out of all the Five Ten compounds. It’s because of this that the outsole of the Freerider will last a long time. The rest of the shoe offers decent durability but isn’t absolutely indestructible. The suede and mesh material is subject to ripping if snagged right and the stitching holding the outsole together can become frayed.

There is one thing that I find to be a huge key for finding the most durable shoe and that is a solid inside wall to a shoe. This may not be important in other sports but where you are constantly pedaling to keep moving, the inside wall of riding shoes is right flush with the crank arms of the bike. Taking a look at the Freeriders after my testing period, I could see some wear and tear markings on them. This wasn’t as bad as some shoes I’ve seen but it certainly wasn’t the most durable inner wall I’ve had either.

Although the Freeriders offer decent durability, if you are looking for the ultimate durable shoe, spend an extra $50 and get yourself the Freerider Pros.

 

Bottom Line:

The Freeriders aren’t Five Ten’s most popular shoe for no reason. They offer a casual profile, excellent grip, and great ventilation. They are the type of shoe you can wear to work and then hope on your bike without having to think twice about swapping them out. They offer decent durability and for the price, are hard to beat. If you are looking to ultimate durability, I would suggest looking into the Freerider Pros which have a similar design but upgrades components. But, for the price of $100 (which you should be able to find on sale as well), you really can’t go wrong with the Freeriders.

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The only MTB shoe I will buy from now on!

Rating:
The Good:

Everything

The Bad:

Nothing that I noticed

Overall Review:

The 5.10freeridershoe is my second 5.10 shoe that I bought. The first one was the sam hill high top used for DH and now that I ride trail mostly, I needed a new shoe that was lighter and more breathable but still had the grip I came to love with my DH shoes. It was great that I didn't even have to shop around much for different shoes. I know the quality that is brought to the table with 5.10 and that my money will be well spent on them, no matter what the initial cost is. I looked at the shimano and the specialized shoes too but for the price, I didn't want to take a risk knowing that there was a solid winner right there for the Read More »

Overall Review:

The 5.10freerider shoe is my second 5.10 shoe that I bought. The first one was the sam hill high top used for DH and now that I ride trail mostly, I needed a new shoe that was lighter and more breathable but still had the grip I came to love with my DH shoes. It was great that I didn't even have to shop around much for different shoes. I know the quality that is brought to the table with 5.10 and that my money will be well spent on them, no matter what the initial cost is. I looked at the shimano and the specialized shoes too but for the price, I didn't want to take a risk knowing that there was a solid winner right there for the taking. 

The fit is comfy and stiff at the same time so it gives you better grip on the pedals. The flat pedal sole is still in great shape and hasn't worn that much at all in the 2 years that I have owned them. If anything, it just became a bit easier to move my foot around on the pedals while riding, which is not a bad thing. The ONLY complaint I have is that the laces were wayy to long when I first got them, even tying them in a triple knot didn't shorten them up enough.  Being the cheapskate that I am, I cut the laces and tied them back together again and put them back in my shoe instead of getting new ones and they have worked perfectly ever since. These aren't waterproof but I'm sure you can spray them with some of the water replant and get them pretty close to a waterproof shoe. Buy these shoes and don't look back!

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Vital MTB member astrizzle
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Best MTB Shoe Hands Down

Rating:
The Good:

comfortable out on the town, comfortable out on the trails, comfortable on the lift, did I mention they were comfortable, many many color options, grip is incredible (as good as five ten impacts)

The Bad:

they are a bit pricey, not as stiff as impacts for downhill

Overall Review:

I wanted a shoe that I could wear while out trail riding because I was tired of using my stiff impacts for downhill and trail riding. I started a paper route and saved up my pennies, purchased these bad boys online, not sure where, prob from Amazon or something because they have good return policy. They arrived and viola I am wearing comfortable new shoes. I figured they would be good for mtb but turns out they are good for anything, ya know, go mtb w/ your mates for the day, change out of something less stinky, head to the pub for a pint and a bite to eat type of shoe. My friend white Chris got a pair on my recommendation and he Read More »

Overall Review:

I wanted a shoe that I could wear while out trail riding because I was tired of using my stiff impacts for downhill and trail riding. I started a paper route and saved up my pennies, purchased these bad boys online, not sure where, prob from Amazon or something because they have good return policy.  They arrived and viola I am wearing comfortable new shoes.  I figured they would be good for mtb but turns out they are good for anything, ya know, go mtb w/ your mates for the day, change out of something less stinky, head to the pub for a pint and a bite to eat type of shoe.  My friend white Chris got a pair on my recommendation and he loves his so we got that going for us too. 

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Vital MTB member conlysm
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Sticky and tough

Rating:
The Good:

I never had any issues with my feet coming off my flat pedals but after hear great reviews about 5.10 I thought I would give these a try, and after use of them for one season I think it would be hard to go back to anything else besides the 5.10 sticky rubber. There are times where they feel almost too sticky (its like those first times of riding clipped in and you forget to unclip), they stick to the pedals so well and do so in all conditions, wet, snow, mud..etc. When I say too sticky I just mean that sometimes they can be tricky to reposition them when paired with pedals with aggressive pins but nothing that can be handled. I found also if you are hiking with your bike up any rock faces the shoes grip the rock like glue, they are awesome for hike-a-bike type days. Another bonus is when you need to clean these shoes the materials sheds the mud very well. In terms of style the shoes look really nice and can be worn off the bike as well without looking like a goof something that hard to do with the 5.10 impacts.

The Bad:

The only negatives a found is that the shoes aren’t as comfy as other skate shoes such as Nikes, so if you are just wearing them all day on the street you may find that they can get a bit uncomfortable. The other issue is that due to the tough material they get a bit hot on really hot days but this is nothing that can’t be dealt with. Overall for riding these issues don’t really cause any concern.

Overall Review:

I’d consider these a game changer in terms of items you can buy for biking, once you wear a pair of 5.10 shoes it would be very hard to go back to anything else.

Overall Review:

I’d consider these a game changer in terms of items you can buy for biking, once you wear a pair of 5.10 shoes it would be very hard to go back to anything else.

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Vital MTB member vics26
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Just like the old impacts

Rating:
The Good:

These shoes are great. They share a similar feel to the original retail impacts. There is a better connection between the rider and the pedal than the current model of impact, while still maintaining great grip and durability.

The Bad:

Only bad side is that they take on more water than the current impact, they they offer no where near as much toe protection.

Overall Review:

Great shoe, and easily should be attributed as the true successor to the original (and the best) impact.

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Vital MTB member Jwahr_
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Meh, prefer Impacts

Rating:
The Good:

Lightweight, great styling, 510 rubber is great as always

The Bad:

Lightweight, too flexy for my taste, not as much protection in the toe box as the Impacts, feel thin through the pedals compared to Impacts

Overall Review:

I bought these after running a couple pairs of Impacts over 5 years or so. I couldn't get into the thin feeling of these shoes and have relegated them to around town kicks and the odd urban ride. Can't recommend for DH or even trail riding due to the flex. Your mileage may vary.

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Vital MTB member abeck
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great shoe

Rating:
The Good:

Sticks to pedals really good, the look cool to

The Bad:

nothing bad so far, had them for three weeks and ive raced, wore them to school, and rode everyday on them

Overall Review:

i like them, good shoe

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Vital MTB member Kohl Aumer
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Best Skate Style Bike Shoe

Rating:
The Good:

Amazing grip- nothing beats 5.10 stealth rubber for traction. Lighter and more breathable than the 5.10 Impact or Karver.

The Bad:

Durability. The sole delaminates too soon. The new model comes with a new sole construction.

Overall Review:

Five Ten makes the best flat pedal shoe on the market. The Freerider is perfect for the guy who wants a casual, more breathable, less bulky, less stiff shoe than the 5.10 Impact.

Overall Review:

Five Ten makes the best flat pedal shoe on the market. The Freerider is perfect for the guy who wants a casual, more breathable, less bulky, less stiff shoe than the 5.10 Impact.

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Vital MTB member Wonny
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Best Mountainbike Shoes!

Rating:
The Good:

These shoes have an incredible amount of grip on flat pedals.

The Bad:

The rubber around the main sole comes open easily and stones start to get stuck inside. Not much grip walking in mud.

Overall Review:

These shoes are perfect for mountainbiking! If they ever broke I would get the impact or Sam Hill shoes next.

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Vital MTB member nosi0
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best shoe ive ever owned

Rating:
The Good:

grippy as hell, look good, comfortable

The Bad:

uh, the cali license plate on the back peels and the sole where stitching is supposed to be, peels off of the shoe, but it's no biggie the grip starts to wear, but it's still really grippy and they're pretty expensive for shoes. but you get what you pay for

Overall Review:

this shoe is amazing, it's grippy, comfy, looks good to wear around town, I wear mine everydaythese shoes top any nike 6.0 shoe. get them now!

Overall Review:

this shoe is amazing, it's grippy, comfy, looks good to wear around town, I wear mine everyday these shoes top any nike 6.0 shoe. get them now!

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Specifications

Product Five Ten Freerider Shoe
Riding Type Trail, Freeride, Downhill, Dirt Jump / Urban
Rider Unisex
Construction Suede and Mesh Upper with a One-Piece Molded Cupsole
Rubber Type Stealth S1 Rubber Outsole with Classic Dotty Tread
Sizes US 4 - 14
Colors Black/Shock Blue, Grey/Blue, Grey/Black, Grey/Orange, Teal/Grenadine, Earth Green, Blanch Blue, Black/Khaki, Maroon, and Black/Slime
Weight N/A
Miscellaneous The Freerider is Five Ten's most versatile all-mountain flat shoe. Inspired by the comfortability and style of BMX, the Freerider will be your anywhere, anytime, anything shoe.
Price $100
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