Some like to attract attention with their personal stylings, and for them, there's the Blue Zebra. However, if you like to let your riding tell your tale, then the Five Ten Freerider Shoe in black/grey will do the trick. The understated colors will help you keep a low profile, that is, until you tailwhip over the big double at your local dirt jump spot and stick the pedals for a perfect landing.
Five Ten's Stealth Rubber was developed for rock climbing shoes. As such, it has excellent gription which makes it super easy to keep your feet on the pedals. Just think, no shinburger for dinner... again. It's also super durable. It had to be tough for climbing shoes to suffer the wear and tear from hard granite cliffs for days on end. The Freerider Shoes may just have a tougher job. They have to endure the prodding from the metal spikes on your pedals all day, but the Stealth Rubber can take it. Five Ten Stealth Rubber soles will outlast the gum rubber sole on a conventional skate shoe every time and stick better to your pedals all the while.
The Freerider Shoe has all the style that you want and the bomber sole that you need to land big tricks without blowing your feet. The grey panels on the upper are made of brushed nubuck leather. The toe box is reinforced to provide added protection if you lose it in mid-air. And one of the coolest details is the California license plate on the back of the heel.
The Five Ten Freerider Shoe is available in Black/Grey, Red/Black, Red/Grey, and Orange/Grey and comes in half sizes from 4 - 12 and whole sizes 13 and 14.
The men's Freerider Shoe is a BMX-inspired shoe designed to make the transition from downhill to bike park. The comfortable fit, breathable Action Leather and mesh upper, supportive midsole and high friction Stealth Freerider Dotty tread outsole combine to make this your do-everything, everyday shoe, from kicking around the shop wrenching bikes to hanging at the coffee shop while uploading your latest video to Facebook. Sticky Stealth S1 keeps your pedals when you need it, with excellent cushioning and shock absorbing properties.
The 5.10 FreeRider Men's shoe is the ultimate performance tool for today’s downhill mountain bike racers and flat pedal riders. When you don’t want the restriction of clipless pedals, the new Freerider’s keep your feet in place. As one rider put it, “Stealth soles stick to pedals like duct tape.”
|Country Of Origin:||Asia|
|Footwear Type:||Casual, Action Sports|
|Shoe Sole:||Freerider Dotty, Stealth S1 Rubber|
|Shoe Upper:||Action Leather/Mesh|
|Upper Material:||Action Leather|
|Weight:||(Size 9) 14.4 oz/408.96 g Each|
|Five Ten Freerider VXI||$83.97 - $120.00|
|Five Ten Freerider Elements||$105.00 - $110.00|
|Five Ten Freerider VXi Elements||$112.99 - $125.00|
If you were to base a shoe's rating on grip alone, the five ten freerider would be a 5/5. You just cannot beat stealth rubber. Rather than spending all your extra $$$ on fancy pedals, you can just wear these shoes instead, which turns just about any platform into a stable ride. Very solid ankle support, and foot protection. My criticisms; UGLY. Seriously, this is a bulky-ass shoe. It's not heavy by any stretch, just chunky and ugly. They are a little wide/large volume in the toebox. I have to put a pair of pillow insoles in mine to pad them out a bit, and they are still a little too big. Not length mind you, just overall size in the toebox. All said and done, if you're ready to to make the switch from some flimsy VANS (like I did) and want the best grip for your money, this is it. Now only if they'd make a good looking shoe too...
A while ago, I bought a pair of Teva Links for myself and have since been oogling over these FiveTen Freeriders. Well I just bought a pair for my wife as her first MTB shoes, and they are just as awesome as I expected. She reports that they are stiff, sticky, and responsive on downhills -- duh. We ride more XC/AM than DH, so climbing in them sometimes proves clunky and her feet get a bit tingly because of how stiff they are. However the performance after the climbing is well worth it.
Plus, they look sweet on or off the bike!
Based on her experience and other friends' reviews, I would gladly ride these instead of my Tevas. However, I'm sad they changed the Freerider model to the VXi... loved the more casual look of these. Oh well.
I used to slip off my pedals dirt jumping, but not anymore. Only complaint is that I like to wear low socks and the tongue is so stiff that it digs into my skin. Issue can be resolved with socks that go above my ankle, but eh. Put a band-aid over the tongue for now.
Sticky shoe lil soft in the foot bed but I think I like that can't believe sometimes how much they stick to the pedals pretty crazy, they get a lil hot might need a lil more venting but otherwise nice.
I have a pair of freeriders from a few seasons back. They've finally beatup enough that it's time to replace them. I bought a new pair and immediately noticed that the new shoe is lower quality than the older pair. The materials & construction is just not as good as before. The older pair has better cushioning, better quality uppers & insoles, better stitching. The only thing that has remained the same is the stealth sole & styling. As far as I'm concerned it's not nearly the same quality that I've come to expect from 5 Ten. It's still a good mtb shoe, but not as good as it used to be. I'd rather they raise the price a bit than sacrifice quality.