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Five Ten Freerider High Flat Pedal Shoe (discontinued)

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Five Ten Freerider High Top

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The Good:

Grip, Pedal Feel, Ankle Support/Protection

The Bad:

Wet weather performance, hiking performance, Durability is okay but could be improved

Overall Review:

Riding flats with sticky rubberis kinda like putting a lime in your corona: It's damn good even before you upgrade, but once you see the light you just can't go back. After wearing out my old pair of Freerider lows, I decided to try the high-top version of a shoe I already loved for its tenacious grip. 

Test Location: Squamish, BC (12 months) Durango, CO (4 months) Phillipsburg, MT (2 months)

Riding Type: Enduro, dude. 75% pedal rides, 25% shuttle/park

Pedals Used: Chromag Contact, Race Face Chester, Canfield Crampon (V1 and V2) 

The Freerider High is an excellent choice for any flat pedal rider who prefers a softer shoe, from trail to DH. While the shoe breaths decently, there is still enough toe box reinforcement to ward off the odd rock-shoe connection. As always, the classic Five Ten S1 rubber grabs those tiny little metal pins and latches to those Bad Jacksons like a cowboy to a wild stallion. Unlike the cowboy, the Freerider pro never gets bucked off, given proper pedals and flat pedal technique. 

These shoes are very, very soft and therefore offer excellent pedal feel. Normally, I am a huge fan of this feature (it makes me feel more connected to the bike, not sure if there is any science behind this though), however, when your inner Sam Hill emerges and you drop a foot, the lack of support from the sole makes getting your foot exactly back in the right place on the pedal critical. If you don't, the shoe will collapse and droop over the side more than a stiffer shoe. The high top provides excellent support and protection for hucks to flat, ankle to crank contact, and planting a foot in corners. A major benefit of the high top is that you can leave the lower laces loose-ish and crank down on the ankle laces to give a secure yet comfortable fit. I have a high arch, wide-ish feet, and wonky heels but these shoes never gave me any hot spots or areas of discomfort. Additionally, the Freerider High is adaptable to a wide range of conditions, with their sweet spot being anywhere from 80-40 degrees. 

I found that these shoe's ankle support and soft soles paired my preferred pedal placement (way back under the arch) to work best with convex pedals like the Canfield Crampon. This combination led to a secure feel as the shoe wraps around the pedal and into the curve of my arch, while the high top supports my dropped heel, which leads to reduced fatigue. 

These have been my favorite flat pedal shoes I've ridden to date, but like all products, they are not without their pitfalls. My main complaint about these shoes is the mesh material that soaks up water and refuses to dry out. I really enjoy wet, nasty BC winter rides, but these shoes tend to soak through in about 20-30 minutes in these conditions. My solution is to use the old plastic bag over the socks trick, but it would be sweet to have shoes that stay semi-dry in the first place. As far as durability goes, these shoes have been acceptable, but it could be better. After about 18 months of using these shoes, the soles have ripped under the balls of my feet where the front row of pins sits. Additionally, one of the panels is delaminating from crank rub. The glue on the sole-upper connection failed, but the sole was still held in place by the stitching, which wraps all the way around the shoe. My last minor complaint with these shoes is that they are pretty soft for extended hike-a-bikes, and while the dotty sole gives 11/10 grip on pedals, it struggles on steep, loose, rough, or off-camber terrain. They kick ass at hiking up rock rolls though!

4.5 stars for grip and ankle support/protection, minus a half star for being a sponge. Would buy again, no question about it. 

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Five Ten Freerider high Long-term review

The Good:

The laces don’t wear out after months of use they are like new, unlike the 2015 Impact shoes. Very easy to tie and untie, when tying the laces, i bend my legs down and tie the shoe, with few millimetre of room between the laces and the tongue, which gives perfect tightness,without Hurting , and when doing it this way I know it’s going to be right, if I do it this way, I can tuck the laces on to the side. the shoelaces don’t untie if you tighten them properly. Easy to take off, the tongue won’t restricts you from taking the shoes on and off fast. The Tongue stays in place.
good fit, enough room for big toes.

The Bad:

Not sure what to say.

Overall Review:

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These shoes are clearly summer shoes,the shoes have venting holes on the top in the front & on the sides, which work great, I can feel the wind blowing through.

The outer sole is the same as on the ESP version, with the same trusted S1 rubber.

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The Freerider is a quite breathable & lightweight shoe, they are higher over the anklethan the EPS version.

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from the left: Impact high, Freerider, Freerider EPS

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Freerider EPS & Freerider

Five Ten Impact High Vs Five Ten freerider high_0086

The Impact has much higher mid sole.

from the left: Impact high, Freerider, Freerider EPS

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Feel & comfort.Five Ten Freerider Noir_5110

But the Freerider ESPis comfortable when running, the sole bends as much as running shoes upwards, I think the Freerider shoe is a well thought out shoe.
I can feel the surface I walk on & the pedals, without any discomfort, which gives me a good feel of what the bike is doing & this is a good thing for walking up things if you can’t ride over/on.
in the video below you can see how these shoes are when walking.


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August 2018 the shoes were worn out.

When these shoes wore out, I got new shoes of the same model.

Here you can see the new and worn out sole compared to the new sole.

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A Closer look at the wear at the ball of the foot:

Five Ten Freerider High Noir August 2018 wear sole damage_4030
Five Ten Freerider High Noir August 2018 wear sole damage_4033
Five Ten Freerider High Noir August 2018 wear sole damage_4020cropUsed Vs new Five Ten Freerider_0049Five Ten Freerider High Noir August 2018 wear Rear damage_4006Because my feet misalign, I pop them back in place using the pedal this is causing wear on the rear of the shoes. I might need to get ankle supports to keep my feet more stable.Five Ten Freerider High Noir August 2018 wear_4017editFive Ten Freerider High Noir August 2018 wear_4036The wear here is probably due to friction between the tongue & the sides of the shoe, and the the wear on the sides is probably a combo of the pads and the tongue.Five Ten Freerider High Noir August 2018 wear_4039
New shoe on the left and worn shoe on the rightUsed Vs new Five Ten Freerider_0033
You can look at the video below and see the wear it had.








Recommended, but could be improved, like the durability of the sole, and spare soles would be nice, if you could glue new sole, and make the shoe stiff enough and in right shape again, but I am not sure how good it would be with just getting new rubber on.

But there are more options on the market now, which I haven't tried yet. for example Unpararell & Ride Consepts but at the time Five Ten Freerider were the only choice for me, and still is Because I needed high top riding shoe, because I wanted to protect the rear of my foot ankles from pedal strikes and scraping my feet on things.

My written review, originally posted on my site.

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Product Five Ten Freerider High Flat Pedal Shoe
Riding Type Dirt Jump / Slopestyle, Downhill, Enduro / All-Mountain, Freeride / Bike Park
Rider Unisex
Construction Stealth S1 rubber outsole
Suede and mesh upper
Mid-top ankle cuff for added protection
Lace closure system
Classic Dotty tread
One-piece molded cupsole
Rubber Type Stealth S1 Five Ten classic rubber
Sizes US 6 - 12
Colors Black/khaki
Weight N/A
Miscellaneous The Freeride / Bike Parkr High is perfect for the dirt jumper or downhiller looking for ankle protection and style. The high-rise collar provides additional stability to the poly-urethane coated suede and mesh upper and the one-piece molded Stealth S1 outsole offers the unique blend of durability, stickiness and cushioning associated with the standard Freeride / Bike Parkr.
Price $120
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