First Look: Five Ten 2015

Aug 13, 2014
by Mike Kazimer  
Five Ten Kestrel

Kestrel

After four years of development with input from riders Nico Vouilloz and Lars Sternberg, the Kestrel, Five Ten's new clipless shoe, is scheduled for release in April of 2015. While its styling may be low key, the shoe is meant to be a top level performer, and uses a carbon infused shank to create the stiffest shoe in the company's lineup. The sole is comprised of two rubber compounds, with softer Mi6 rubber in the toe and heel for walking comfort, and a harder C4 compound around the cleat area to reduce the drag when clipping in. In addition to a hard outer toe box area, a small rubber bumper is in place to provide further protection, and a mesh upper liner and perforated tongue are designed to allow for maximum breathability on those hot summer rides. Five Ten has gone with a ratcheting BOA closure system for the Kestrel, which allows for easy, one handed tightening and loosening of the shoe. MSRP: $180.


Five Ten Women s Freerider

Women's Freerider

Five Ten has had women's riding shoes in their line before, but 2015 sees the addition of a women's specific last to their Freerider model. The new last has a narrower to and heel for a better fit. Available in women's sizes 4-10, the shoe will come in a canvas ($110) and a standard version ($100).


Five Ten Freerider Contact

Freerider Contact

The Freerider Contact (formerly called the Freerider VXi) uses the same unique Stealth rubber sole as before, with a smooth portion located around the ball of the foot to make it easier for riders to change their position on the pedal, although the sole is now sewn to the toe box to improve the durability. A breathable mesh tongue has been added, and the design of the upper has changed slightly as well. MSRP: $120


Five Ten Spitfire

Spitfire

The Spitfire is aimed at dirt jumpers and slopestyle riders who don't need as stiff of a shoe as the Freerider, although it's still supportive enough to help take the edge off when landing big drops and jumps. It gains a bright orange sole and matching laces for 2015, and will retail for $90.


www.fiveten.com


98 Comments

  • 49 18
 The Kestrel looks like a water shoe. All the others look like something I would have been interested in at seventeen when my teenage angst and sense of rebellion was at its highest.
  • 40 0
 Punk will never die! Bring on the Spitfire!
  • 19 16
 And who said they couldn't make there shoes anymore ugly...
  • 8 5
 It also looks like a water soaking shoe... I've rarely seen an enduro race not crossing a creek or so, or rarely seen a path in the mountain doing so. Surely the front looks water repellant but the side and the tongue don't at all. Not everybody rides in SoCal or south of France guys!
  • 5 2
 We have plenty of water crossings in SoCal. But of coarse, it's mostly dry.
  • 1 1
 Then they have even less reason to make the freerider with mesh all over the place!
  • 14 10
 I'll take a "water" looking shoe over a dumb looking skate shoe any day. Those things look comfy and functional, and not as hot as the Shimano downhill shoe I've been running.
  • 3 7
flag carlosamigo (Aug 14, 2014 at 7:37) (Below Threshold)
 The top ones are ugly as.
  • 2 11
flag peanutbuter (Aug 14, 2014 at 10:34) (Below Threshold)
 shoes like this are stupid a simple shimano am45 costs half the price and will last longer
  • 8 2
 Oh, I guess you already put a few seasons in on these shoes peanutbuter? Because I'm pretty certain they don't come out til next year.
  • 2 8
flag peanutbuter (Aug 14, 2014 at 14:03) (Below Threshold)
 no I have not used them and your right about them not coming out til next year
  • 21 1
 As a longtime 5.10 customer (first climbing shoes, then mtb) this has to be the ugliest lineup since last years ugliest lineup. WhileAdiddas may have made the shoes lighter and more durable, the styling is way off. Off enough that I'm about to buy next years shoes now before the Macaskill shoes aren't available anymore. This will be my 3rd pair, love em to death. The women's free rider is the only shoe I like here, if they fit I'll buy those.
  • 3 3
 Highly agreed, they all look like the are made to be disposable. . .

At least Adidas hasn't screwed up the climbing shoe line, yet. I actually love the newest iteration of the Guide Tennie, which all my friends hate. They should have come out with a "Guide Tennie VXI" and kept selling a regular Guide Tennie imo.
  • 6 0
 Just because Adidas owns the company, doesn't mean they have anything to do with design. Did Adidas touch Salomon, Bonfire, Mavic when they owned them...? No.
  • 2 1
 The 5-10 line up is not looking that good to me either. I was truly hoping for an updated impact with big improvements in materials. These are going the wrong way IMHO. I will be looking for clearance Carvers and Hi top Impacts for my winter riding shoe.
  • 1 0
 Well maybe 5.10 just has too much money now, somehow they are screwing things up. . .maybe adidas needs to be involved? Except they don't make any shoes worth buying right now.
  • 12 2
 What a bunch of pansies up there complaining about the looks. Theyre damn mountain bike shoes, it's not like you're going out on the town with em. The new kestrel looks rad, if only they had a flat pedal version so I could finally stop dealing with laces...
  • 7 0
 Die hard 5.10 owner here (the rubber is impossible to beat)...but I am DYING for a flat that drains water better. My last trip to the NC mountains left me with wet feet day one, and wet shoes for the ENTIRE trip because these things might as well be made out of the same material as Sham-Wow. They hold on to water and never let go.

Keep the rubber, but the rest of the shoes need some tweaks to make them drain better.
  • 1 1
 Yeah, and the paper insole in the bottom is a breeding ground for infectious diseases. As much as the 5.10 rubber is good, I've come to like my Teva Links as they are lighter and the synthetic material they are built from does not soak up water. The tread is good once they are broken in.
  • 3 0
 The new impact VXI are exactly what you are looking for then.
  • 1 0
 the older ones are way better and i love adidas they must be smoking some great Cali buds and forgot they making DH shoes not some regular outdoors shoes for rec. use i hope they get it right glad i still have some fresh freeride shoes in a box while i finish of my Chris K.'s versions that i like alott
  • 1 0
 holy crap..they don't drain. just found this b/c i was reading about it. wore my 5.10 Elements on super muggy hot day this weekend because i expected rain. i think my feet weighed 5 pounds by the end (no rain, just sweat). f***ing unwearable for trail.

anyone find anything better in the meantime.
  • 6 1
 was just thinking today i needed a clip in shoe that you could wear while hike-a-biking up gnarly technical stuff in the rain and also use as a road or cyclo-cross type shoe. Those kestrels will be my next shoes. And the new spitfires look fucking awesome. the sueded grey is nice and the mid cut is a great improvement over the old low cut spits with the green sole.
  • 5 0
 They also brought back the microdot rubber soles. pretty happy about that.
  • 4 1
 I've been testing the Kestrel for about 3 months now and let me tell you....

HOLY SHIT! They look even better in real life too, by the way.

@malathoin There's even better stuff on the way, too. Keep that in mind!
  • 4 0
 The Spitfires look like normal high-top skate shoes. The Freerider/Freerider Contacts look like normal lower-top skate shoes more or less. The Kestrel's look like a mashup between a race XC shoe and a sneaker, which I actually kinda dig.

In the end they all look like shoes to me, which is good because that's what they are. Things to be worn on your feet to keep them attached to your pedals and not destroyed by said pedals and other elements. Sure, none of 'em may be anything stand out or worshipfully-stunning pieces of engineering, but...They're -shoes-. They all look 90% the same when they're covered in dirt, mud, grime, grease, and sweat anyway! That is, if you're actually using them for their intended purpose and not just gawking at them all day! That's what bicycle are for.
  • 4 1
 Why can't they make a flat shoe that has some deep grip on the toe and heal? you have to hike a bike every now and again and some grip would be nice. Clip shoes have spikes in the toe and heal for this very reason.
  • 4 1
 Check out approach shoes for climbing/hiking. They have the same grippy rubber on the bottom, but decent tread for rock scrambling and hiking. And they're usually breathable and light. Just as good as bike-specific shoes IMO.... and way less ugly.
  • 1 0
 Was thinking these have potential to be good MTB shoes...http://www.adidas.co.uk/daroga-two-11-shoes/G61604_690.html
  • 18 13
 Well Adidas has finally killed 5.10
  • 14 2
 Quickly loads up on what is left of the old good models before nothing good is left. I noticed a MSA that Sam HIll won on his signature model that doesn't seem to be available anymore. If the newer models were better, wouldn't he have worn those?
  • 3 1
 I was wondering the same thing, ncipperly, why would Sam be on the old model? Seems weird.
  • 3 1
 Actually that's what I've been waiting for (in a good way). I absolutely adore the the stealth rubber (in all it's variations), but the construction of the shoes (materials, quality...) wasn't impressive at all.
I still own and wear a pair of 2008 impacts - had to glue the sole back on once or twice - and they held on pretty well, but you can tell that it's finally coming apart. Given it's age and abuse that's pretty impressive. BUT: It's heavy (like really heavy), bulky and not at all comfortable to wear. My brother just got the new impact couple of month ago and it's better in every aspect: rubber, weight, fit, materials, foot support, but still as sturdy as the original. Same with my freeriders. Thanks adidas.
  • 2 1
 I try and keep my signature Sam Hill's in the best shape that I can. The new Impacts and Freeriders (or whatever they call it now) are hideous. Who is designing these things? Majorly disappointed.
  • 1 1
 I'm actually fairly certain Fiveten is on borrowed time: I've started noticing climbing mags advertising "stealth rubber" by itself, at some point fiveten will be nothing but "Adidas shoes with stealth rubber" methinks.

I wondered what Adidas wanted with Fiveten, now I think I know: They wanted a rubber brand to compete with Vibram.

They even have a seperate website set up: www.stealthrubber.com
  • 1 1
 Adidas did buy 5.10, but not patents for the stealthrubber as far as I know.
  • 1 0
 @groghunter The stealthrubber site was around before the Adidas deal.

@bikeeagle There are no patents for stealthrubber unless they're started filing them as of late. They've always (smartly in my opinion) kept those formulas as a trade secret. There are some patents related to shoe construction that are still in Charles Cole's name, so I'm guess he kept the IP as part of the deal, or at least part of it.
  • 1 0
 @Zutroy

Didn't know that, but the ads for stealth rubber by itself in climbing mags are new.

and it's not like they aren't putting stealth rubber on Adidas shoes: news.adidas.com/gb/Latest-News/Terrex-Solo--approach-in-STEALTH-mode/s/0016514a-f87d-492e-a54e-d3c2c4d3b8af

That's a climbing approach shoe, normally fiveten bread & butter. If they saw the value in the purchase as fiveten, rather than stealth rubber, why isn't that a fiveten branded shoe?
  • 1 0
 @ncipperly I managed to get a pair off amazon.com last month. Think you can still get them on there just not all sizes. You might be lucky if they have yours. Damn good riding shoe that's for sure.
  • 1 0
 @groghunter Adidas I'm sure is trying to maximize it's investment, and use the brand equity that the Stealth Rubber name brings. They made approach shoes before they bought 5.10, so it makes since to use the rubber there too. I'm going to guess that in the EU, Adidas has also sponsored Euro climbers like the Huber brothers for years and the TERREX line is pushed to the climbing hiking market pretty hard.
  • 7 2
 Five Tens last so long they should only debut new ones every few years
  • 7 6
 uhh....i can only get one full DH season out of a set of freeriders...one of us isnt doing something right.
  • 10 0
 Buy Impacts instead...
  • 9 0
 Pitcrew- Yep, you've been buying the wrong ones this whole time. Impacts are the right ones.
  • 1 0
 I have had my impacts for 2 years. 15 Whistler days and countless shore days they are still awesome. Still better than what is on offer now.
  • 1 0
 My freeriders have two seasons on them and still going strong.
  • 3 0
 Kestrel looks really interesting, albeit I've largely used the BOA-like system on XC shoes and it did not perform well when it gets tons of mud.
  • 1 0
 I like the Kestrals, bring on the hate. I've been riding the shimano AM45 for two seasons even though I would prefer some 'tighter' XC shoes for Enduro racing because of the power transfer but I simply don't feel comfortable in them. So I usually tie the shimanos down to the max and still I would like to have them tighter for the sprints. The Kestrals look really comfortable and have the ratcheting system to tie them properly!
  • 2 0
 i like the look of the womens ones I hope they do a muted style like the macaskill ones. I like wearing mine all the time and they are pretty casual
  • 2 1
 Women's sizing means my daughters can wear them finally.
  • 8 4
 Why do they have to be soooooo ugly?
  • 1 1
 because Adidas
  • 1 0
 I've been riding with my 5.10 Danny Mac's for over 2 years now...I don't think they'll ever get old or worn out because they look good as new still! However, I may switch to clipless...
  • 3 0
 Damn the silly flat sole. If the freeriders had a full patterned sole, I'd be straight there.
  • 4 0
 I'll try them out before I pass judgement. I could give shit how they look
  • 1 0
 For aggro trail riding I'm still running the old Basic model, that I need to replace. Here is what I want: 5.10 sole that is less stiff than free rider, for better pedal feel; super breathable upper; and very light weight.
  • 3 0
 I trust Impacts will still be available?
  • 2 0
 Are they still making the classic freerider or only in womens? Are these all the shoes?
  • 1 1
 Kestrel = fugly

IMO it looks like the back end of a merrell running show and the front end of an NHS correctional shoe (those raised in the uk during the 80's will know what I mean)............ just my opinion though!
  • 1 0
 Next shoes are going to be between the Kestrels and the clip-in 2FO's from SpecialEd... Nice to see some choices in the space.
  • 1 0
 Kestrel look to me very interesting. I will buy them. However they look like Specialized body geometry s-works shoes fuc..ed the Sam Hill's of 5.10...
  • 1 0
 The Kestrel looks like a great Eduro shoe. Who the fuck cares how they look. Its how they work that matter. My god people are vain.
  • 1 0
 Kestrel looks good to me. I have the new clipless impact vxi and was told they look terrible online by friends, but liked them in person.ah well.
  • 2 0
 I thought Lars rode Shimano shoes...he sports all their components.
  • 3 4
 Its a pity that it is so poor quality yet. In first two years they import to our country it was totally different league... Now it is too crap for too much money, no reason to buy...
  • 2 0
 Danny Macs best five ten ever beside original impacts.
  • 2 0
 Bring on the discounts for older models.
  • 1 0
 I wish they would make a simple white and black Impact VXI. Some added breathability would be nice too!
  • 2 1
 Why can't we get a flat pedal shoe that has a non-lace closure? I don't get it.
  • 2 1
 My only issue with 5.10 right now is DURABILITY. Trashed a new pair of Impact XVi (150 retail) in 2 months.
  • 2 0
 I really hated those wire lace things on Snowboard boots
  • 1 1
 A high top version of the new impact would be great, preferably mainly black. Some of us want that extra shin support/protection.
  • 2 2
 Woaw i m impressed by the Level of N0-innovation ! We all want to see the Impacts get some new style
  • 1 0
 boa ??? am i the only who prefer ratchet
  • 1 0
 What happened to the line king? Or any of the higher shoes?
  • 1 2
 Ride roofer boots, twenty bucks at big five...you'll never go back. Firm, ankle protection, sticky rubber pins love, and cheap.
  • 3 1
 Who the heck wants to wear work boots when they ride?
  • 1 0
 Want the five ten impact high tops but all my money goes to my bike...found the best cheape$t alternative, roofer boots.
  • 1 0
 Still live the old Sam Hill 2's the best. Green Machines!
  • 1 0
 Finally a clip-less shoe that is stylish! Nice!
  • 1 1
 Fuck me, I knew things were going to go to the dogs when Adidas purchased Five 10.
  • 1 0
 WHAT IS WRONG WITH SHOE LACES?!
  • 1 0
 The Kestral is aiming to take over the SIDI Dominator 5.
  • 1 0
 I love my Datsun 510 its gripy...
  • 1 2
 Looks like the Freerider don't have this stupid mesh anymore?! Wow back to what was good! Well one out of 2 at least...
  • 6 6
 The Kestrels look pretty cool
  • 3 3
 if your a dork
  • 1 0
 Dorkyness is hip right now...
  • 1 0
 What's wrong with laces?
  • 1 1
 Is the target demographic now 13 year-old boys?
  • 1 1
 Was really hoping to see something more ENDURO specific!!
  • 1 1
 not impressed. sorry FiveTen
  • 1 1
 BOA its wery good!
  • 1 1
 Is that Enduro specific?
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