Five Ten Shoes: Product Spotlight

Jun 30, 2010 at 0:07
Jun 30, 2010
by Mike Levy  
 
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Five Ten is the undisputed king of high performance, flat pedal, foot wear. We got our feet into 3 different models as we wanted to really find out what the differences are. Have a look inside to see all the pictures and specs of:

The Karver
The Freerider
The Spitfire

Read on...

Five Ten Karver shoes


The Five Ten Karver
The Five Ten Karver

Five Ten's Karver shoe strikes a middle ground between their low top models and the bulkier and more protective Impact high tops. The unique looking red and black Karvers retain the over the ankle padded protection on the inside of the shoe, but are closer to a low top shoe on the non-bike side. This should be a godsend for those riders who are prone to catching their inner ankle bone on the crank arms, but want a lighter shoe than a full high top version. Further enhancing the Karver's protective ability is a thick padded tongue and stiff toe box area to keep your digits safe. The most prominent feature on the Karvers are its shielding lace covers. While they certainly give the shoes a different look, the covers serve to keep your laces from coming undone and catching in your drivetrain, as well as keeping them (and your feet) dry on wet days and debris out when ripping it up in the loam. The Karvers use Five Ten's Stealth outsole that not only sticks to pedals like gum to the underside of a desk, but also tends to absorb more trail vibrations and shock than a standard skate shoe's sole.

Five Ten Karver lace cover
Five Ten Karver lace cover

Five Ten Karver details

  • Mid height shoe
  • Inner ankle protection
  • Integrated lace cover
  • Stealth S1 outsole
  • Sizes: 7-12, 13
  • Weight: 545 grams (size 9)
  • Colors: black/red
  • MSRP $114.95 USD

Karver heel detail
Karver heel detail

bigquotesI chose to run the Karvers for the nice transition from DH protection to XC performance. One shoe that can do it all for me. The Lace cover keeps the debris out, but the heat in - a little hot on the really warm days. - Tyler Maine

This is where the magic happens
This is where the magic happens





Five Ten Freerider shoes


Five Ten Freerider shoe in blue zebra
Five Ten Freerider shoe in blue zebra

The Freerider is a low top option for riders who want a less restrictive shoe that won't be as hot on those warm days on the bike. Its cut resembles a typical skate shoe, but incorporates bike friendly features like reinforced stitching and protective toe boxes that add a degree of safety that you wouldn't find on a run a the mill shoe. The underside of the Freerider's feature Five Ten's Stealth Phantom sole that is as sticky as ever, but won't mark floors with black skid marks and is slightly thinner than their other MTB specific soles.

Five Ten Freerider details

  • Low height shoe
  • Stealth Phantom non-marking outsole
  • Sizes: 6-12, 13
  • Weight: 408 grams (size 9)
  • Colors: blue zebra
  • MSRP $94.95 USD

A close look at the Freerider's sticky sole
A close look at the Freerider's sticky sole



Five Ten Spitfire shoes


Five Ten Spitfire's
Five Ten Spitfire's

The Spitfire shoe combines classic skate style with Five Ten's proven Stealth high friction outsole. This mid top shoe is versatile enough to be at home on the mountain bike or in the skate park, but fashionable enough to wear out on the town after riding, without looking like a kook.

Five Ten Spitfire details

  • Classic skate profile
  • Mid height shoe
  • Dual side ankle protection and support
  • One piece molded Stealth outsole
  • Split-grain leather upper perforated nubuck with reinforced double stitching
  • Perforated nubuck with reinforced double stitching
  • Sizes: 7-12, 13
  • Weight: 470 grams (size 9)
  • Colors: black/grey
  • MSRP $89.95 USD

Underside of the Spitfire shoes
Underside of the Spitfire shoes


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71 Comments

  • + 10
 I'd rock the Karvers if it wasn't for all the blood spatter graphics.
  • + 6
 i know so ugly, my sam hills are tha bestest Big Grin
  • + 3
 Agreed, the karver is nice, just wish the color wasnt so, red. Why not make them more neutral to go with my blue color scheme, or offer them in cyan, that seems to be popular these days. Otherwise, all these shoes look perfecto.
  • + 2
 The design looks loads better if you dont clean em...ever! Good old British wintertime sorted out a good covering of mud to lessen the intensity of the red and now they look mint with my Troy Lee kit! Sick shoes though, i use em for everything from downhill to commuting and stick like the proverbial to a blanket!!!
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  • + 10
 Definitely digging the Karvers....
  • + 3
 The stayleof the shoe its awesome itself, but not diggin the color, they should make different color options!
  • + 3
 I was thinking the same thing....then i realized they would match my bike.
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  • + 7
 I've had the Karvers for about 6 months or so now. Butt ugly shoes but kept my feet warm and dry through the british weather. Good to have clean laces when everything else is caked in mud. Function over form for me.
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  • + 5
 Loving the Spitfire!

All the BMXers think their 6.0 shoes are the shit... till they tried my freeriders that is.
Only complaint was that they looked funny (picky picky!)

Spitfire will appeal to them nicely
  • + 14
 6.0 and 5.10 are totaly different styles
if your riding bmx or dj/street especially with plastic pedals most people will be more comfortable with a 6.0 style shoe, not too stiff with some flex to help feel on the pedals and decent grip whilst still allowing them to take their foot of the pedal for tricks
if your riding DH or even AM the 5.10 are awesome and ive never ridden a better shoe
but daam i wanna get those new freeriders, makes my white ones look hideous
  • + 11
 i still love my sam hill's the best!
  • + 7
 to me its quality, and 5.10 definately is the most reliable shoe on the mtb market.
  • + 2
 I hear ya!! One pair per year for me!! Their sewing is the downfall to me......dirt, sweat, sun= falling apart at the seams. Yeah...I know....wash em more....but I'm a dirtbag biker (out of the back of the van 1/2 the time!!)
  • + 2
 eeh, my freeriders are actually less stiff than my DCs.

but the thing about the grip is that they're always whining about pedal bite (babies lol )
and the 5.10 allows for the use of less agressive pedals
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  • + 3
 why don't FIVE TEN make the karver shoes with light green graphics? and not only in green, they need to make them in several colors. despite red being my favourite color, a pair of karvers won't be a good combination with my helmet in their present color. Frown
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  • + 3
 i have had the low impact for 3 years, with no issues, i know have the Sam hill and the karvers and their perfect for the uk , keeping the mud out of your laces.
i had the freeriders but after one month the soles started pulling away( this happened to a friends too, but think it must have been n bad batch of the black and grey one!
over all the best shoes ever!! fivetens for life!
  • + 1
 The Freerider's sole used to be two piece, and come apart, but now they're one piece. Had no problems with mine, they've been great for DH and XC (almost like being clipped!). My mate has a problem moving his foot position with his Impacts, but I don't get this with the Freeriders - don't know if this is due to the thinner sole?
  • + 1
 yer i used to have the impact 5.10's but ended up selling them and going back to trainers, then when the freeriders came out i thought id try them, and they definitly are a good happy medium. I currently have the old style sole, so will have to replace my shoes somepoint soon Frown
  • + 1
 ya i have freeriders too i love them their awesome shoes but the sole starting to seperate also. Soon i will have to replace them maybe try out those sick looking karvers.
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  • + 2
 I've had three pairs of Impact Lows which I use even for enduros. Best shoes ever. I can even pull across the bottom of the stroke and push across the top. I can't do that in any other shoe (except clipless of course, bleah!).
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  • + 1
 Like i said on the Freeriders.... It's a no quarrels replacement if you have one of the 'bad' pairs of Freeriders. AKA, if your soles are falling off and de-lamming.... Send them back to the shop you purchased them from and a replacement will be issued! They've sorted it now...
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  • + 1
 Love the Sam Hills but......brand new pair + crampon pedals = most annoying squeak ever Frown

They are just too soft I reckon, press hard on the pedal and you are touching the axle and it's "eeeeeeekkk....eeeeeekkkk"
Was gonna get rid of the pedals but may try the freeriders, if the sole is slightly thinner.
Let me know if this worked for you
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  • + 1
 love my old aussi style hill's and just got the red and white free riders ( not shown here but on the 5.10 site) and they are sick. a set of crank bros. 50/50xx and these shoes and your not slipping a peddle very easy .... and the new free riders (red and white) look good to wear where ever
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  • + 1
 Please a question for the Karver´s user. If the shielding lace covers have got Velcro. Is it really resistant ???. It´s not move when walking??
I say it, because in my town...uphill, we have to make walking

Thanks for your time
  • + 2
 I have a pair of the Karvers. The lace cover is not meant to keep all water out, but it will keep your feet dryer than without the cover. It will keep water from getting in from splashing water/mud, and when riding through wet grass etc. For me, the cover does not move when walking.
  • + 2
 the karvers are really solid, not much flex to loosen the velcro. something i noticed from the pic is there is twice as much velco on the shoe now as compared to the pair i own, so i won't have any worries about the velco slipping with a new pair.
  • + 1
 That's true. Mine don't have that much velcro either. And I find that sometimes the inside edge of the cover touches my crankarms sometimes. Not enough to pull it off, but I can feel it touching.
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  • + 1
 I've got a pair of the sam hill model. They are amazing shoes.I've got increadible grip with very cheap and bad pedals.I like how they look too.
@Hitarpotar
I think Sam Hill model will be a very good combination with your helmet Smile
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  • + 2
 The Karver
Best shoe for me! I cant imagine going for a ride without them.Amasing grip with allmost any pedals.After i bought them i started riding much better and faster on rocks roots and so on and so on...
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  • + 1
 The best shoes ever! Just gotta love the low impact shoes, they are super sticky e super strong! But me and my friends had some problems with broken fingers that's why i designed a new improvement hope you like it Wink

www.pinkbike.com/photo/5277572
  • + 2
 I think you mean TOES and not FINGERS. However there is a phrase coined by a rugby commentator here in NZ... "Feet for hands". Maybe thats what you had in mind.
  • + 4
 I don't think English is his first language..
  • + 2
 yeah, sorry for that but english isn't my first language Wink
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  • + 2
 Just bought the Karver and love it. Super comfy, of course the stealth rubber soles are awesome just like my previous 5/10s. Great product!
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  • + 4
 Still no UK Size 14s. Evidently people with big feet don't ride bikes.
  • + 1
 welcome to the club
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  • + 1
 I have the sam hills...They sole is so sticky you have to actually lift up your foot to reposition. They are pretty much like wearing clip ins.. Perfect for DH or XC. Easily the best shoes on the market
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  • + 1
 It's a no quarrels replacement if you have one of the 'bad' pairs of Freeriders. Send them back to the shop you purchased them from and a replacement will be issued! They've sorted it now...
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  • + 1
 I had the med impact ten five for more than 1 year and i love it!!! rock gardens, long hills and lot of hit in my ancles!!! they take anything!!1 love them!!!
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  • + 2
 I want to see the write up on the Minnaar's.

fiveten.com/products/footwear-detail/23-minnaar
  • + 0
 Personally, i dont see the point in running stealth soles if your clipped in, offers no feasable advantage?surely it would just make it ALOT harder to clip in/unclip if running clips with pins, like the CB mallet
  • + 2
 Id like to see a write up on the Minnaars too. The only advatage I can see for the stealth soles on clipless is when you cant get clipped back in right away. It happens from time to time.
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  • + 2
 Been rockin my Karvers from XC to DH. Best kicks ever! Love 5.10s, very reliable.
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  • + 2
 a best vented version, or gore-texed, would be great for summer, hotter countries, and to XC/AM with flats,
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  • + 1
 yeah... i have a pair... and the only problem is they´re a little bit hot in the summer...
hey 5.10, WHY DONT YOU MAKE A GORETEX VERSION?
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  • + 2
 I like the Karvers expesially for the extreme riding I do in friston forest and bexhill!
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  • + 0
 The freeride soles come off easily. the edge of the sole wears down and they dont stick together well. I had mine for 2 months before I stopped wearing them.
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  • + 1
 Anyone know if they have sorted the freerider sole for all of the models, or if its just on the new colourschemes?
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  • + 1
 so funny, i've been looking to order a pair the last couple of days and bam.. this write up has sealed the deal for me.
  • + 2
 Same here, been wondering for a couple of weeks wether to pick the freeriders or the karvers.. The decision was made based on this review - Go Pinkbike!
  • + 1
 Went for the Karvers (had a nicer fit in size 12 than the Impacts) Like oodboo commented: butt ugly, but very effective. Really stick to the pedals (CB 5050x) been abusing them the past 3 weeks and I have not been able to damage them in any way, sole feels rock solid and the stitching will hold up. Recommended..
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  • - 2
 A word of warning: The freeriders don't seem to stand up to the test of mountain biking... I bought some this spring, and after 4 weeks they began falling apart. I would expect them maybe to make it to the end of august at this rate. The soles are peeling away, the heels are ripping/shredding and an eyelet fell out almost immediately. I realize that biking is a demanding sport, but come on... for such a reknowned company and a hundred bucks per pair I would expect better quality, to be sure. I have written to 5-10, (about 3 weeks ago), but have not received a response. If you want a pair of shoes that will last more than 70-80 rides (i'm at about 30 with these shoes), then don't buy these.
  • + 1
 Ive got the Freeriders, bought mine back in Jan(before or after the sole issue?) and mine are still together after quite a few rides. My only complaint, which is completely my fault, i hit a tree that bent my crank arms and in the crash the outer sole on my right shoe peeled away from the "leather". Tried gluing it back together with no success. But im still rocking the Freerider! Awesome shoe....

Wheres the Minaar shoe?
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  • + 1
 what about the sam hills??
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  • + 1
 5 10 line kings too?? i love mine.
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  • + 1
 Buying the spitfire shoes.
  • + 1
 I would agree with tiny2. I use an old pair of marz/bombers originally mde by 5.10 and tried on a pair of spitfires...$90 is way too high a price for what my original Vans and halfcabs can do for cheaper.
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  • + 1
 Why europeans have to pay more than americans?
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  • + 2
 ill stick to my DVS's.
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  • + 1
 haha^^, want those karvers for dh, ill check the piggy bank Smile
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  • + 1
 nice look!!!
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  • + 1
 need size 14.....
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  • + 1
 Freerider - Nice shoes
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  • - 1
 too bad they didnt clip into the peddle
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