A rubber compound developed for rock climbing, without a doubt, gave Five Ten an upper hand when they entered the mountain bike market. That, however, is only one aspect that keeps shoes like its Freeride Element a top choice for flat-pedal riders.
Other contributing factors to Five Ten's omnipresence in lift lines and jump parks is its approach to upper construction, a supportive heel cup, and added impact protection. Take a look at the BMX-inspired Freeride's action leather. This isn't a glorified skate shoe, it's intended for the abrasion and harsh conditions the gravity sect demands.
Double stitched for durability, Action leather is positioned where pedals, cranks, and trail-side obstacles will do the most harm to lesser shoes. It's also intended to give the Freeride structure, while mesh fills the voids to prevent overheating during summer riding. The Freeride's midsole is smartly designed to be semi-stiff so it supports the foot, and help prevent hotspots without inhibit feedback or off-the-bike tractoin.
Underneath the midsole is Five Ten's legendary high-friction Stealth S1 rubber compound and dotty tread pattern. Stealth S1 on top of industry-leading grip, also has excellent cushioning and shock absorbing properties. The Five Ten Freerider Element is available in Verdant Green/Black and Team Black and comes in half sizes from 4 - 12 and whole sizes 13 and 14.