Five Ten Freerider Shoe - Review

Feb 19, 2010
by Rob Dunnet  
I have been riding for the last four months in nothing but Five Ten Freerider shoes and lycra shorts. Review for the lycra shorts to come later ...

I have been riding for years with skate shoes and flat pedals. In my search for the perfect shoe and pedal combination I have tried all the major brands of shoes and pedals. Recently I have been pretty happy with Deity Decoy Pedals and Nike 6.0 shoes. The issue I have with skate shoes is that after a couple of months my pedals eat away the grip where I place my foot on the pedal. This usually does not cause a great deal of problems until the trail gets wet and sloppy.

Review and pics inside,

For the past four months I have been using the Freerider shoes from Five Ten. I wanted to find out how much abuse they could take so I have not taken them off in the past four months. I shower, sleep, eat and ride with them on. My socks eroded away long ago but the shoes are still going strong.


I have ridden pretty much everything while wearing these shoes. I rode Cross Country, Downhill, Dirt Jumps and a Skate Park in Taiwan. I toured through Northern Thailand and Laos. In Thailand I walked up a waterfall and then rode down it. I wore them to the beach, through the mountains and Bangkok streets. As well as walking countless miles down paved streets, dirt roads and shopping malls. In Laos I rode through rubber tree forests (Ninja Trees), tribal villages, rice fields and up and down more hills than I can count. I rode to waterfalls, temples, remote villages, the border and everywhere in between. I wore the shoes on trains, boats, buses and planes.




I have been more than pleased with these shoes. I rode them with three different sets of pedals (Deity Decoy, Straitline and Wellgo MG-1) to see how much pedals make a difference. To be honest they have worked best with the Straitline pedals, but there is not much difference between the three.


While riding at the skate park and local dirt jumps I found the shoes to work too well. While jumping I like to move my feet around on the pedals. At first I found that I had to lift my foot to adjust it on the pedal. Over time they have worn or I have grown used to them and do not notice anything different from a new pair of skate shoes. Removing pins from pedals is also an option in changing the way the shoes grip the pedals.


While riding Cross Country and Downhill I never slipped a pedal once. While climbing I found that if I pointed my toe and tried to curl it around the front of my pedal I was able to transfer more power to my pedal than with regular shoes. While riding into berms, doing tricks (at first it was a little awkward because I could not move my foot, but when I got used to being connected to my pedals I found it easier to do some tricks) and downhilling I felt like I had more control over my bike. These shoes really do stick to anything. I walked up a waterfall, down wet logs and rocks and did not slip at all.



After riding and walking in my Five Tens they do not smell or look too bad. Traveling is a good way to ruin a pair of shoes and these ones have stood up better than most. I washed them with a little bit of laundry soap and they look as good as new. The only issue that I have had with them is the rubber around the outsole is starting to separate. An easy fix with a little bit of super glue.



If you are sick of searching for the perfect skate shoe pedal combination check out the new Five Ten Freeriders.

Keep riding,

Rob Dunnet

For more pictures of the Five Ten Freeriders in action go here or here to see my albums here on Pinkbike.com.


89 Comments

  • 6 0
 IMO, if you want to go with 5.10, stick with the ones with the wraparound soles, like the Impacts or the Karvers. They will last much longer, at the expense of a bit of fashion. My first pair lasted me over 4 years... and the only reason I replaced them was because they "looked" too worn, but they could have kept going. And for those who say a regular skate shoe is just as good... I wonder how many of you have actually tried the 5.10's. They're in a class of their own.
  • 4 0
 I don't know how they are for that, but i can confirm that they are incredible shoes. I use the freeride scribbles and have been blown away after 9 months of regular use and abuse on the trails. Sole does come apart tho like it states earlier, but other then that, top notch shoe. I probably wont ride anything other than 5ten.
  • 3 0
 My Freeriders crapped out long before any skate shoe ever did, and they cost twice as much. I know a few ppl who have had the same separation at the sides, and I believe they have PARTIALLY remedied it with a quick fix on my new pair. They are great...just have that glue ready at the first signs of separation, or it will be too late. Bottom line: no shoe that costs $100 should fall apart like some crappy Walmart kicks, but Five Ten is a great company, so they stand behind their products.
  • 3 0
 Five Ten will warranty your shoes for up to a year for the separation problem. The 2010 soles are re-designed and are one piece instead of 2. I had mine replaced, and they kick ass! The new design is way better. Call Five Ten at 909-798-4222 for help on sending your shoes in for new ones.
  • 2 0
 that is great information, thanks a lot
  • 2 0
 I bought a pair of 5'10 Karvers and they are great. Never used anything but hiking shoes and sneaks before for biking and I regret not getting nice grippy shoes like these years ago. I really like the stealth rubber. These shoes stick to my 5050's like Velcro. I think they even sell paint on touch up rubber by the jar for their shoes. Not sure if it's for all 5'10's with stealth rubber or just the climbing shoes. Might make them last a little longer.
  • 2 0
 bought the 5 10 Impact cuz it was supposed to be the best flat pedal shoe - and it was. Bought the Ba51ic cuz it looked great for street riding/walking around - and it is great. Bought their Marvel cuz it looked great for trail running - and it is. Based on their track record I might have to try these as well.
  • 3 0
 they make amazing shoes ...
  • 2 0
 I bought these and used them a lot for about a month and a half in norcal and whistler. Had the same problem as mentioned above with the rubber sides delaminating. I suspect the glue in may pair was bad.. It got pretty bad in the end so wrote to 5.10 who took them back and let me upgrade to the Impact for $15. Great service at their end!
Except for this setback I have only good things to say about the Freerider and Impact. The sole is much better than other skate shoes I have used in the past.
  • 4 0
 five ten customer service is amazing ...
  • 2 0
 I bought a pair of these and had the same problem with the lining around the bottom of the sole's coming off. Can't say I was happy about throwing down that much $$$ to have the sole's come apart after walking around town a couple of days.
IMO, these are nowhere near as confortable as the Impact 2's. They look really good, but I think they need a bit of work.
  • 2 0
 unreal shoes. ive been using the low impact version for years now and they're still in great shape, nothing has seperated or torn. and for a while i even used them as everyday shoes. would never ride with skate shoes after owning these.
  • 2 0
 Has anyone tried the Urban Enforcer Low? I ask as I prefer the origihal Impact Low over the Impact II, and the Urban Enforcer Low in balck looks like it is made of the same upper as the original Impact. It has the same sole, but the laces hide away which I think is an improvement over the original.

I have had three pairs of Impact Lows and the difference between any other show is like chalk and cheese - as others have said, there is no comparison. They grip so well that I can push across the top of the stroke and pull on the bottom of the stroke - no skate shoe will do that.

I came from a road and triathlon background and so went into MTB with clips but Five Ten made me a flat pedal only rider. Sweet.

I can't comment on the model reviewed, but the Impacts have held up to all sorts of carnage. They are the show I wear everyday.
  • 2 0
 i had these shoes as well and loved the way looked and fitted. but i hated the way the sole separated from sides. loads of dirt would get stuck up in there and they looked shit. i was bummed as i wanted a skate like shoe for dh and jumping. doh so i sent mine back and got a new pair of original 5 10s low impact. no probs now. just wish that 5 10 would use a wrap around sole instead, i would then buy a pair. come on 5 10 sort it out.
  • 1 0
 someone commented that it has been sorted out ... but i can not say for sure
  • 1 0
 The Sam Hill version are better, I had the same problem with my freeriders.. Did they send the new pair free?
  • 1 0
 I have a pair of Rennie's and wear they all the time. To work and riding. I have NO problems out of them and have had them for about 6 months.
  • 2 0
 I love my Freeride Shoes, but the peeling away of the outside sole is very frustrating- it's dangling off at this point and glue isn't gonna fix it. I don't know why they don't have it come up around the sides like classic 5.10s.
  • 1 0
 i really like biking with these shoes, eventhough i have the same problem that the outsole is separated. but i hate walking around with these shoes, my feets start to hurt like hell, for walking they're quite uncomfortable...
  • 2 0
 yeah same, they fell apart completely after like 1/2 the season.
  • 1 0
 i have been riding with mine four or five times a week for the past four months. i am going to use some shoe glue and see how that works and how long it works for. i do not mind walking around in these shoes ... feel pretty good
  • 1 0
 my firends had the 5.10 rennie and use them for the second season and no problems i have the impact and love them went hiking with the mand hi problems they feel great on my feet good job 5.10
  • 1 0
 The shoe is nice but it doesn't hold up to the abuse like the much reinforced Impact models. My advice when it comes to 5.10, get the standard low impact and you'll be golden. You can even get a sole replacement kit from 5.10 and save some cash each time your sole wore off.
  • 4 0
 Love these shoes. Best bike shoe I have ever used. even wore them in my best friends wedding, as the best man!
  • 2 0
 classic
  • 1 0
 sick shoe,only issue was the sole. same thing happened with the outsole, but it happened in the front too, so itll be a few more rides before my toes get through the front. the sole is really affected by temperature too; stiff at cold temps, loosens up considerably at high temps. if they fixed the sole problem i can see this shoe lasting for daaays
  • 2 0
 I started DH/FR six months ago and got a pair of Sam Hill V2. They are a hell of expensive but worth every penny. Never slipped once and its pretty wet and muddy where I live.
  • 1 0
 Last year at Whistler Crankworx I ran into the Five Ten boys in an elevator at the hotel, they had a big duffle bag with them, one says you want a pair of shoes, oh yeah baby ... brand new pair of Karvers. These shoes are amazing, Stealth rubber sticks like glue and the shoes are high quality, built for abuse. After you ride with a pair, you won't want to ride anything else. Thanks again guys made my day!!
  • 1 0
 I heard they were doing that at last years eurobike and interbike too ...
  • 1 0
 Awsome article, makes me even more impatiant for mine, but u didnt mention how wtaerproof they are, your fight are dry till the water come in from the top.

I don't have the free riders(till monday Smile ), but i do have the carvers, and i have not riddin in the park with them, but in the bush they are amazing, best shoe ever, and you couvered the not being able to move your foot and how much they stick(watched a guy walk down a nearly vertical wet rock and pick a dog up out of the water in 5 10's), but pedal wise I am in a disagreeance with you.


When I bought the shoes I had one main bike, with a pair of kona wawa's on it, they wer amazing, and then i built up a new smaller travel bike and put the straightlines from my hardtail on it(till my diety's came in), big dissapointment. I already did not like the striaghtlines, but the way they lined up with the shoe was never right and i found my foot actually slipping a little. then the dietys came and it was a great improvement from the straightlines, but I did not fine they quite came up to par with the wawa's. close, like identical twin close, but the wawas just felt that little bit better.





If you try to match up the shoes with another pedal, ide recommend the wawa's (for bush riding anyway)
  • 1 0
 i only rode with the straitline pedals for a short time period. i stole them off my brother's bike to try them out for a week's worth of rides. i find that for the riding i did that the stratline's were the best match, i had the grip that I needed but was still able to adjust my foot a little bit when riding into a jump or quarter pipe. i used the deity pedals mainly in the skate park and on a couple of cross country all mountain rides, in the skate park they took some time getting used to, the pedals and shoes worked too well together, i was not able to move my foot around and felt awkward getting ready to jump. while riding cross country and all mountain stuff it was almost like i was clipped in again, i have not clipped in for years and that is what i first thought of. the wellgo pedals were used while i was touring in thailand and laos as well as some freeride,xc,am stuff and i did not notice much of a difference better them and the deity pedals until i got back onto my dirt jump bike earlier this week (after I had written this article) and noticed that they do stick a bit more than the wellgos. i think for a shoe pedal combination it is going to come down to what a rider is comfortable with, his or her own personal choice. if i keep jumping with the deity pedals i am going to have to remove some pins as I like to move my foot around. with all of that being said the five ten shoes worked much better than my skate shoes and that is kind of what i was trying to get at.
  • 1 0
 why on gawds green earth would anyone bother with ANYTHING other than 510 IMPACTS, including the 510 Freeriders!? If they want grip, with no sole from upper separation EVER, Impacts rule! My 510 High Impacts are two years old, used summer and winter 3 to 4xs a week average on [downhilling]and have been washed a gazillion times with NADA problems and they still grip like glue.
  • 1 0
 My freeriders have the sole peeling off at the heel after having them for 6 months, I only manage to ride on average every couple of weeks and don't wear them for anything but driving to a trail and riding, they look brand new otherwise (apart from being a bit dusty).
I could have bought 2 pairs of Van's or Etnies instead and I've never had their soles peel off like this.

Grip on them is really good, but personally I don't think that alone justifies how much extra they cost on top of normal skate shoes.
  • 1 0
 the rubber sides on mine fell off after about a week of riding, but otherwise the shoes are amazing and holding up in every other way, super grippy as well, i cant ride in any other shoes.
  • 1 0
 Dear Writer:
I love Five Ten products so much.
I would like to ask your permission to translate your article to our language to share with my fellow and use your pictures. Can I get your permission?
THanks.
  • 1 0
 *I gotta use my special footbeds/insoles...is the insole removeable or will inserting footbeds (Superfeet) work ?
  • 1 0
 Great article. very happy with mine too, although i have found again that the soles are separating from the side quite badly, but apart from that theyre great
  • 1 0
 thanks a lot, i think some shoe goo would fix that problem, i am going to look for some in the next week or so and see how easy it is to fix and how long a quick fix will last
  • 1 0
 I've had a pair of these for almost a year and same thing. The rubber around the outside is coming off quite badly. Stoked on them otherwise but I would say that this is a major quality control issue.
  • 1 0
 someone has commented that the issue has been fixed ... I will check it out next time I am in a bike shop with five ten shoes
  • 1 2
 They're great and everything but they are a bit over priced at $95US. I can get two pairs of DC's for that price and i can gaurantee the DC's will last longer. Oh well, guess i will have to settle for woodpusher shoes until these get cheaper...ya right lol.
  • 3 0
 its just that U cannot compare the grip performance of DCs to 5.10s, as home-team wrote somewhere above, they are in a completely different class, I say: its the highest class and they are alone in it...
  • 1 0
 but i just cannot justify $95US for a pair of shoes thats going to get destroyed in a month of digging and riding..
  • 1 0
 well to be honest these freerider shoes are for sure less durable than 5.10 Impact or carver, I mean those who have the outersole wrapped around the whole base of the shoe. These last for long for sure. They don't look good, but they offer uber high performance and one has to choose what's the most important thing for him/her : the style or the ride. Closer you are to the "ride" more you should consider 5.10s or SPDs. However most of us are in the middle, that's why we have the diversity of products to choose according to our priorities. I personaly don't give a XXXX about looks until something doesn't look just terrible like latest SHimano flat pedal shoes.
  • 1 0
 I think five ten has the goal of blending the style and the ride together ... and in my opinion they have made a great first attempt
  • 1 0
 I love with 510 freerides, pretty much a daily show for me. Got them at REI last year for 65 bucks. These shoes + Wellgo Mags = as close to clips as you can get.
  • 1 0
 yah they work well with the wellgo mags ... i am going to try them on some plastic bmx pedals next to see how they work ...
  • 1 0
 i use the easton flatboy and impacts... first ride i took almost crashed because i colden't get my foot of the pedal pretty skechy wen you hit a foochamber at full speed Wink
  • 2 0
 I do DH with those combined with CrankBros 50-50 and they are just perfect. Amazing grip
  • 1 0
 these shoes are very strong and very comfortable. I have the white scribble ones and thy look good and grip on any pedal amazingly!
  • 1 0
 yah great design
  • 1 0
 don't get the freerider, splits open on the sole, in the last 2nd pic, a fren wore it for 2wks straight, and it split right open till i can see his socks, or lack of it...
  • 2 0
 i love the shoes there the best there is for riding dh and dj
  • 1 0
 I heard somewhere you can send 5.10 any shoe, 6.0 vans etc, and they'll put stealth rubber on the sole?
  • 1 0
 if that is true it would be awesome, you could get your favorite shoe done up with the best rubber out there
  • 1 0
 Not sure I can confirm that either but sounds believable - I also rock climb, and have had many pairs of non-5.10 shoes resoled with stealth rubber.
  • 1 0
 Stealth C4 is a climbing rubber... it's not the same as used in the riding shoes (these use Steath S1). C4 is even stickier than S1, but way softer so it's unpractical for any kind of walking/biking applications.
  • 1 0
 yes you can get any 'skate' style shoe resoled with stealth rubber and this is what I did!
reasons...
* cheaper than buying a full pair of trainers (if its just the sole thats worn out)
* looks - there are shoes out there that look a lot better than most of the 5.10 range, nike6.0's are just one example.

I had a pair of nike 6.0 encore's that the sole had worn out but the upper shoe was fine and in good condition so i sent the shoes off to get resoled at...

www.feetfirst.resoles.co.uk/cycling_mtb_shoe_repair.php

i think the price has gone up a little since i did it but I have never looked back and there turnaround is quick (couple of days for standard delivery) - i would do it again.
it is a brilliant upgrade and they work even better than the nike6.0's before (which i found to be good anyway.)
  • 2 1
 hey man great article i just got the same shoes ive been wearing them since christmas there still going srong
  • 2 0
 thanks, i am going to keep wearing mine until there is nothing left of them
  • 1 0
 forget the shoes check out that rear extension attachment, i want one of those babies, wonder if it would fit my v10 Smile
  • 1 0
 i will do a review/information post on it in the next week or so. check out their website www.xtracycle.com
  • 1 0
 how many times id he say he walked up/in/around a water fall in that?

good article though.

good job
  • 1 0
 i did, walked up and rode down a waterfall ... how many people have walked up and rode down a waterfall? with these shoes i did not slip while walking up the wet waterfall .... ha ha ha ha
  • 1 0
 Mine are great except the rubber sides on the bottom come away after a while.. Great shoes though and super comfy!
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know if these run large/small compared to nike 6.0's? I would really appreciate it!
  • 1 0
 i sleep with my whistler pair
  • 1 0
 ha ha ha
  • 1 0
 Thats such a sick black amp. just sayin haha
  • 1 0
 thanks
  • 1 0
 good question ... anyone?anyone?
  • 1 1
 i think im gonna stay with my nike 6.0s. they grip the petal like no other
  • 2 0
 i am pretty happy with 6.0s also, but if you want something that grips even more than 6.0 ... it is five ten, scary amount of grip ... almost too much
  • 1 0
 i love mine
  • 1 2
 i had these for a day and they fell apart get the 5050 they are way better
  • 1 4
 vans origionals best ever rode with them for over 3 years no problems what so ever
  • 3 0
 Vans: fine until they get wet or you starts to break the tread down. 5.10's are in a completely different class...
  • 3 0
 the 5.10's are amazing when they are wet, i was completely surprised ... skate shoes seem to get pretty nasty when they are wet
  • 1 0
 you mentioned you were tearing tread away like crazy with skate shoes, i used to do that a lot but i found the vans off the wall held up great to pedals, but the rest of the shoe wore out pretty bad. My next shoes I'm thinking either these or 6.0's, and if these were high tops that would make my decision really easy Big Grin
  • 1 0
 usually i rode with the skate shoe until there was pretty much nothing left of it. they would not grip the pedal what so ever and a couple of toes were sticking out. the 6.0's that I have been using have held up better to my pedal eating away at the sole, but once they got wet and dried they became super stiff. also they feel great while riding but no so great while walking up a trail or around town. the great thing about 5.10 is that they are made for riding and someone said that they have fixed the problem I am having ... and there customer service is great so any problems with the shoes should be no problem
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