Five Ten Freerider Canvas Shoes - Review

Jul 30, 2015
by David Arthur  
Five Ten Freerider Canvas shoes

When it comes to flat pedal mountain bike shoes, there are few brands as iconic as Five Ten. The company has made a huge impact on the sport since it first arrived on the scene with its super grippy Stealth rubber soles, and the Freerider is now a modern day classic, and a firm favourite with flat pedal fans. Despite growing competition, Five Ten really are the go-to shoes for flat pedal advocates. These are a new Canvas model for the summer and combine the same construction and design of the previous Freeriders but use a new Canvas fabric upper available in a choice of three understated colours. While Five Ten is expanding its model range with ever more advanced designs, the Freerider is the closest in style to a skate shoe, and the company is actually pushing these shoes for those that want something they can wear down the pub as well as hitting the trails after work. “A lifestyle-inspired shoe designed to make it easy to transition from the bike park to the pub,” says the company on its website. Of course there is the same Stealth rubber sole that makes the Five Ten such a popular show with mountain bikers.

Available in sizes from 4-14 and there are three colours to choose from: Dark Grey/Khaki (pictured above), Grey/Teal and Grey/Blue. $110 USD / £80. www.fiveten.com @5Ten / @FiveTen

Five Ten Freerider Canvas shoes
Same classic looks wrapped up in a new Canvas upper coming in three colours

Five Ten Freerider Canvas shoes
This is what it's all about, the grippiest sole known to man


Five Ten Freerider Canvas shoes
Five Ten has become the go-to choice for flat pedal fans

Five Ten Freerider Canvas shoes
Fit is excellent with good comfort and they're durable too.



Pinkbike's Take:

bigquotesJudging the shoes purely on performance, they're as grippy as I've come to expect from Five Ten's previous shoes over the years. While Five Ten has introduced these three new colours with the introduction of the new Canvas upper, it hasn't changed the most important part of the shoes that made them such a hit over the year: the Stealth Dotty rubber sole. It provides staggering levels of grip when used with any decent flat pedal, sticking to the shoe with enough tenacity to stop your shoes slithering around on the pedals, even when riding in the mud. The shallow tread still provides enough give to allow you to reposition your foot when needed, handy when making minute adjustments through a corner, but it's not in the same league as the Stealth Contact outsole for easy repositioning. However I find them easier for walking on dirt, especially when it's anything but dry, compared to that sole used on the Freerider VXi shoes.

Fit and comfort is excellent. There's just enough padding to support your feet without overwhelming them. At 890g for a pair of 45 shoes, they're pretty lightweight - they certainly feel light on the feet too compared to older Five Ten shoes. They don't overheat when riding in the warm weather, with surprisingly good breathability from the canvas upper material, despite the loss of the mesh panels of the regular Freerider shoes. There's good support from the sole, they strike a good balance between stiffness for efficient pedalling, but enough flex to help you feel the pedal under the shoe. Pedalling efficiency is pretty good, it's not in the same league as a stiff carbon-soled clipless shoe, but considering their comfort and styling, it's more than adequate for blasting around the woods for a couple of hours, and you're only going to really notice if you ride like the clappers up the hills.

Downsides? Well, they're not cheap, but you do get the grippiest sole on the market with these shoes. They're pricier than similarly styled skate shoes, but they're clearly built to a high standard and last a lot longer. Another downside it that you might simply decide they're too nice to get grubby. Luckily, they do wash up niceley after a muddy ride, escpecially the darker color which seems to mask dirt well.

Five Ten hasn't drastically altered a successful formula with these new Freerider Canvas shoes, and they're light, comfortable, supportive and super grippy. The three new colours now available will appeal to those looking for understated shoes, perfect for trail riding and hitting the bars. The best just got better looking.
- David Arthur

MENTIONS: @FiveTen




96 Comments

  • 93 1
 Five Ten should make tires. Stuff would grip everything!!!
  • 18 2
 Mix the rubber with procore and a fatbike like 5.0 tyre on 120mm tyres and drop the pressure to 12PSI. And then you can do like the homer simpson pig...Shred upside down (for more fun take an USD fat fork like german a's flame) XD
  • 79 4
 Spider Pig, Spider Pig,
Does whatever a spider pig does!
Can he swing from a web?
No he can't
He's a pig
Lookout!
He is the spider pig!!
  • 32 55
flag Kainerm (Jul 30, 2015 at 22:26) (Below Threshold)
 In terms of traction, the stealth rubber is not suitable for a tire. It is in fact quite hard, but together with the pins on a pedal (high local pressure) it gives you a good interface because the pins actually grip, they don't sink too deep into the sole. On a threaded tire it would have terrible rolling resistance and no grip at all on hard packed surfaces - or in the wet.
  • 185 4
 ^ I bet you're fun at parties.
  • 49 1
 @aserta22 5.0 inch tyre? you mean 5.10 inch tire?
  • 1 3
 Thanks TIPS!!!
  • 8 1
 Im not a super genius...or are I??


(There hasn't been enough Homer Simpson)
  • 3 3
 In the case they make tyres we won't be able to pedal! ;-)
  • 6 0
 It's been done, Intense had 5:10 rubber tires. I dont see that they are available anymore but making a tire is difficult and any combination of weakness in casing, tread pattern, qc, rubber compound, marketing and distsribution could overshadow the awesomeness in any othe category.

Old reviws say that they were nothing special..
  • 7 0
 On the flip side, what if Maxxis started making shoes with 3c compound?
  • 5 0
 Intense made Stealth rubber tires. Side knobs peeled off faster than a stripper in the VIP.
  • 36 1
 No 26" option?
  • 7 9
 No enduro option?
  • 31 3
 pick a shoe and be a d**k about it Wink
  • 6 0
 Classic
  • 28 2
 I finally got a grip on what five tens are all about.
  • 25 2
 That pun has no sole
  • 18 3
 Don't be so straight laced.
  • 17 3
 You're gonna get us into a sticky situation
  • 16 3
 Didn't really fly in under the radar with that one. Not very stealth of you. Get a grip. Go pedal your puns elsewhere.
  • 17 3
 You all have five to ten minutes to stop these puns.
  • 6 4
 I'm glad we have an opportunity to canvas some new puns
  • 3 21
flag bike-punk (Jul 30, 2015 at 23:47) (Below Threshold)
 The last time I free rode 5 to 10 kansas hoes, I got arrested.
  • 13 2
 That last one fell pretty flat.
  • 4 2
 This thread is not going to last.
  • 1 3
 when in rome.
  • 4 1
 Best pun?

It's a tie.
  • 2 1
 According to my watch that would be 5:10 AM mountain standard time.
  • 3 0
 Everytime I use 5.10's, I get a stiff shank.
  • 1 1
 They're not slippers, but just as comfy.
  • 1 0
 @trifecta I don't get it, was that comment laced with sarcasm?
  • 1 0
 Five outta Ten riders ride on flats
  • 17 4
 Honestly feel like 510 has really dropped in quality. 510 used to make unmatchable shoes. But I had to warrenty mine 2 times for rubber just peeling compleatly off. 510 needs to step up their quality if they want to keep the staple of mtb shoes
  • 3 2
 This. Meanwhile my AM41's look as good as the day I bought them nearly a year ago. For half the price of the 5.10's.
  • 5 1
 maybe cause adidas bought 5.10 ?
  • 4 3
 Five tens quality always sucked! I used to rock climb with their shoes for almost 15 years. The last 5 years I switched and went to La Sportiva and their shoes have amazing quality never had a problem. Sometimes you get lucky with five ten shoes and they last but most of the time the sole de laminates. I still however use them for dh.
  • 1 1
 The quality has dropped and the sole takes less time to wear down but i think they are slightly grippier
  • 2 1
 La sportiva and Scarpa flatshoes would be amazing. And also amazingly expensive.
  • 2 0
 The customer service rep at 5.10 actually told me word for word, "If you're a long time 5.10 customer, you likely noticed a drop in quality when we were purchased by Addidas." This was when he was denying my warranty claim because my Impact VXi's were a few days over a year old. My old Impacts would go the distance, the new product is indeed a drop in quality.
  • 3 0
 Pfft. I have a pair of the year 5 Impacts (brand new) in solid black that I just pulled out of the closet. Sole is already peeling away from the uppers and I've ridden them two days of dry shuttling.
  • 11 0
 How long do the canvas take to dry compared to the original FR's? They took like a week, an smelled like dead rodents
  • 9 1
 Cmon guys proofread these articles and step up the level of writing. You describe the shoes as good four times in one paragraph. The whole article is just super weirdly vague and feels like it is at a much lower level of writing than should be on this site. Read the 'downsides?'paragraph, you guys are better than this.
  • 9 0
 "The company has made a huge impact"
Pink bike has beaten us to our own puns.
  • 9 1
 Gripping review
  • 8 0
 I'm soled
  • 3 0
 a review laced with great insights
  • 3 0
 Still having my 1st pair of 5.10 for more than 7 years... yeah. They did not break yet (and they still stick to my pedals like a hell) compared to friends new 5.10 which felt apart after 1st season. Seems like since they were bought by Adidas, the quality went down a lot.
  • 6 3
 This because you spend your time on here rather than riding your bike ????
  • 2 1
 5-10 impacts used to last me about 6 months to a year maximum , especially the old impacts , the the toe bumper/front sole always peeled or become unstuck , but they still offered the grip I wanted so I carried on buying them.
Got the new style ones ( can't think of name ) , had them 6 months now and show no signs of falling apart yet.
Just wish they would do a high top version for my shitty ankles
  • 2 0
 I have these in the exact same colour as the review. The soles are quite sticky and if you walk in them you get a bit of crap stuck to the soles but I've noticed that the the soles are not wearing down from walking in them as I also wear them for my everyday casual shoes. The canvas doesn't take long to dry out either..

Obviously they grip very well on my pedals...never slipped off once yet..

I'm very pleased with these, the quality is very good, haven't found any faults at all with them..Well worth the £80 I paid for them.
  • 1 0
 Have these shoes they are awesome and never let me bounce around. If last me a year I'll be happy since everything else only last a few months. Good for trail and dj in my eyes. Worth the cash pay for what you get just like everything else.
  • 1 0
 5 10. Makes rock climbing shoes. The soles are very sticky. When the sticky sole wears out you glue on a new one . the stuff is called ran. You get it from where you buy rock climbing equipment. Buy some ran glue it on your Vans. Now your feet will stick like glue to your pedals.
  • 1 0
 Just got a new pair of these to replace my 5 year old worn out Freeriders, and I regret to say that they aren't the same. The toe box (from first lace to tip) is like an inch longer, and maybe a quarter inch narrower, while the heel cup is noticeably less rounded and secure. They moved some of the seams, to where they cross over my little toe knuckle painfully, not matter how I lace them up. The soles feel like harder, less-grippy rubber. The Freerider was the perfect shoe. Why did they have to ruin it?
  • 1 0
 I tried them but mine made a squishy noise when walking like rainboots with a mouthful of water inside. Had to return them. Normal Freeriders are just fine. Anyone else experienced that?
  • 2 0
 Same with my Dirtbags. I don't mind tho'. Those were washed quite few times so maybe that's the thing. One has hole in the sole from pins also Big Grin . I'm using classic freeriders for few months now and those are ok.

For people complaining about delaminating sole problems - just choose models with sewn in sole Wink
  • 2 0
 BTW, if you are talking about shoes and bars/pubs/drinking comes up three times in the conversation you might have a problem.
  • 1 0
 Bought a new pair of old stock Tevas on amazon for 60 bucks. If the price was a little cheaper I would have got these as I was pretty satisfied with my old 510s. Grip wise they are better than the tevas.
  • 1 0
 Love my 5.10s, but wish they came in different widths. With a wide foot, inend upbhaving to go up a size - still squeezing the life out of my toes and midfoot, but slipping at the heel.
  • 1 1
 I'm sure I'm in the minority here but even as a former skater, I don't care for the skate shoes look of mtb flats =/
I would love to see highly vented, sporty & light clip-on style shoes(Think SIDI's) with five-ten's grippy bottom on them. Will be using some aggressive treaded trail running shoes that I bought on clearance Smile
  • 3 1
 Have always found the freerider series a lot comfier than the normal five-tens… plus they come with more 'stokedness'
  • 4 1
 For me, its VXi all the way.
  • 2 1
 reviewer says expense is a problem…l recently bought a regular pair of freeriders from the 5.10 website for 35 bucks! can't beat that!!
  • 1 0
 bummer. just checked the website and they are $100 again.
  • 1 0
 Bought a pair from there clearance for 35 $ + tax and shipping
  • 2 0
 Just picked up pair of these a week ago. Fantastic feet NEVER slip of the pedals
  • 2 2
 Can I walk through the river or ride during a monsoon and they won't be "crispy river only shoes"? If not then i'll stick with the tried tested and true Bangladesh skate shoe deals
  • 2 0
 They're greattttttttttttttt! I own a pair. They are my everyday street shoe.
  • 2 0
 had an danny´s mcskill version of those... nice but flexy! freerider VXi much better, lighter and rigid
  • 4 1
 FLAT PEDAL GORETEX WINTER SHOE PLEASE !!!
  • 1 0
 I'm want to get a free rider contact matched to xpedo sprys. Would the flat section over the ball of the foot not work well with the not very sharp pins of the spry?
  • 1 0
 I picked up a pair of these this year. They're comfortable, and way grippier than the regular old pair of hiking shoes I was wearing before. I'm happy with 'em.
  • 1 0
 Have these and frankly the all black looks like a cheap waiter/waitress shoe. They are grippier than old Vans, but I wouldn't call the grip amazing. Just my view.
  • 2 0
 This isnt a review, this is a press release. Id like to know what they look like after a few months of use.
  • 1 0
 Not a bad lookin' pair of kicks. Blue my fave color, but I'd want black or grey. For some reason I can't stop picturing big toe holes in the ends of 'em though. :/
  • 1 0
 I'm not sure if I would want to go for something this grippy for dirt jumping, maybe just some vans are better
  • 2 0
 The slueths are perfect for dj, I've got a pair and ride everything in them from dh, dj, and trials, just the right amount of grip but not too grippy, also the comfiest shoes I've ever worn
  • 1 0
 Ya, how about making some in my size? Like 15. I use globe skate shoes and can't really complain.
  • 1 0
 I have a set of Freeriders just for walking. Sooo comfortable they're awesome.
  • 1 0
 I have Impacts from like 7 years ago and they are still holding up. amazing shoe.
  • 4 5
 I actually find them to be too grippy. Repositioning your foot on a pedal with sharp pins can be tricky with them, though the work better with pedals with softer pins.
  • 1 1
 I experienced this too when i first got them i was used to slippy shoes so i could easily move my foot to the right position
  • 3 1
 I use the Five Ten Spitfire for trailriding, they are supposed to have a slightly less grippy version of the Stealth rubber (I haven't ridden the original) and have similar styling to the Freerider. I love em, never lose the pedal but I can still move my foot without trouble.
  • 1 0
 I have mine for 3years now and they still grip on my feet! ????
  • 1 0
 Five Ten Freerider, all time favorite
  • 1 0
 ill get a pair on clearance next year
  • 1 0
 How long did they take to dry out when wet?
  • 3 3
 Been looking at these... need to try some on.
  • 1 0
 Need them in a size 16.
  • 9 0
 You need to stay behind the wall, westeros is not for you.
  • 1 0
 Chyu just made my day!
  • 2 1
 fuckthis shoes!!!
  • 1 1
 Beat me to it
  • 1 0
 they look amazing!
  • 1 1
 WHAT ARE THOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSE?
  • 2 4
 Fuck five ten shoes.

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