Review: Ride Concepts Powerline Flat Pedal Shoes

Dec 30, 2019 at 12:35
by Mike Kazimer  
Ride Concepts Powerline review


Ride Concepts entered the mountain bike world just over a year ago, and in a relatively short period of time have managed to roll out a complete lineup of shoes that includes multiple flat and clipless-compatible options.

The Powerline shoes are aimed at enduro and gravity riders who are looking for a little more protection during their flat pedal adventures. To that end, they have an extended inner cuff that helps shield ankles from crank and frame impacts, and there's a thin layer of D3O viscoelastic foam inside that cuff for additional impact absorption. D3O is also used in the insoles as well, where it's said to help reduce fatigue.

Poweline Details
• Rubber Kinetics DST 4.0 Max Grip sole
• Gusseted tongue
• Asymmetric cuff with D3O impact protection
• Colors: charcoal/orange, red/black, black/charcoal
• Sizes: 7 - 13
• Weight: 456 grams (per shoe, size 11)
• MSRP: $150 USD
www.rideconcepts.com
Ride Concepts worked with Rubber Kinetics to come up with the compound used for the sole of the Powerline, and the result is called DST 4.0 Max Grip. It's a soft, 40a rubber, which, as the name implies, was designed to provide the high level of traction required for rough descents. The tread pattern consists of dozens of raised hexagons that are spaced out to provide room for pedal pins.

Other details include an elasticized lace holder, a molded rubber toe cap, and a gusseted tongue that helps keep trail debris from sneaking into the shoes. Three colors are available in sizes 7-13. MSRP: $150 USD.


Ride Concepts Powerline review
The Powerlines use DST 4.0 Max Grip rubber and a hexagonal tread pattern.
Ride Concepts Powerline review
A thin piece of D3O is found inside the extended inner cuff for additional impact protection.

Ride Concepts Powerline review
An elasticized lace holder prevents unwanted flopping, and the gusseted tongue keeps pebbles and pine needles from getting inside.
Ride Concepts Powerline review
Stubbed toes aren't any fun, which is why there's a sturdy rubber toe box.

Performance

The fit of the Powerline shoes was perfect right out of the box, without any break-in period necessary. They fit true to the US sizing designation, and that's the size I'd recommend going off of when picking a size - they seem to run big if you use the EU sizing.

Back to the fit. I've worn dozens of different flat pedal shoes over the years, and these rank right at the top when it comes to overall comfort. I'd say they fit like a glove, but that doesn't quite seem like the right analogy. Maybe performance pillows for your feet? In any case, they're extremely comfortable. They strike a nice balance when it comes to the overall level of stiffness, and my feet stayed happy on numerous long rides.

What about on-bike traction? Well, despite the use of 'Max Grip' rubber, there wasn't quite enough grip for my taste, at least when it comes to rough descents. Now, I'm a rider that prefers my shoes' rubber to be as sticky as possible – I'd rather have to take a few pins out of my pedals because a pair of shoes are too grippy rather than installing extra-pointy shin scrapers in an attempt to eke out more grip. I used the Powerlines with several pedal models, including the ANVL Tilt, Burgtec MK4 Composite, and Chromag Dagga. Even with those Dagga pedals, which are some of the grippiest on the market, I had a few instances when my feet bounced out of position on choppier sections of trail.

I had to really focus on keeping my weight on the pedal pins with the DST rubber, as opposed to Five Ten's Stealth rubber, which feels locked in with only the slightest amount of pressure on the pedals. That DST 4.0 rubber is soft, but I think a slower rebounding compound could be the ticket here – it's possible that would provide the extra level of stickiness I was looking for.

The last couple of months have given me plenty of opportunities to test out the Powerline's ability to shed mud and rain, and they've done quite well in that department. They'll get soaked if it's pouring rain or the trail is covered with deep puddles, but the amount of weight they gained when fully saturated was reasonable – they never turned into soggy bricks. Off-the-bike traction is fine too, unless it's really muddy. In deeper mud the spaces between the hexagons can get clogged, which greatly reduces the amount of traction. Granted, there aren't many shoes that can excel in those kinds of conditions. As far as durability goes, the shoes are still going strong, without any rips, tears, or delamination to be seen.


Ride Concepts vs Five Ten


Toe to Toe: Ride Concepts Powerline vs. Five Ten Impact Pro

The Ride Concepts Powerline and the Five Ten Impact Pro are both aimed at the same portion of the flat-pedal shoe crowd, so let's see how they compare.

Weight: When it comes to shoes, fit and performance are usually much higher up the priority chart then weight. However, in this match-up the point easily goes to the Powerlines – a pair of size 11's weighs .75 pounds less than the Five Tens, which is a significant difference.

Design: Both shoes have a good sturdy construction that helps protect toes from being smashed against rocks, roots, and whatever else gets in the way. The Powerlines do have a higher inner cuff that provides a little extra protection compared to the Impact Pros, and they use D3O in a few key places, but the uppers don't feel quite as supportive and robust compared to the Impacts, so I'd call this one a draw.

Grip: There's no question, this one goes to Five Ten. If that Stealth S1 rubber is a 10 on the grippiness scale, I'd rank the Powerlines as a 7.5 or 8. Of course, not everyone wants their feet to be completely locked onto the pedals - if you're a rider that would rather have it be a little easier to re-position your feet, the Powerlines' reduced stickiness won't be an issue.


Pros

+ Excellent fit & comfort
+ Good coverage around inner ankle
Cons

- Rubber isn't the stickiest out there



Pinkbike's Take

bigquotesThe Powerlines are a worthy option for flat pedal riders looking for a light and extremely comfortable shoe that's packed full of useful design features. They're not the absolute grippiest option out there, though, so consider where your preference lies before making a decision.  Mike Kazimer








157 Comments

  • 93 2
 I would love 5.10 monopoly come to an end, but apparently it is too difficult to create a decent rubber in XXI century. All those flat pedal shoe brands must understand that it's all about grip. Honestly, I give a sh*t about D3Os, fancy materials,when a shoe does not grip enough.
  • 18 4
 Why these companies can't accept that this is what people want is beyond me. I have no trouble finding sticky rock climbing shoes that aren't 5.10s. Moreover, plenty of tire companies manage to produce soft tires and grip companies sticky grips. Clearly soft, sticky rubber is out there and they are simply choosing not to use it.

Edit: That said, I just checked the durometer for S1 and Mi6 rubber. It's 64a and 52a respectively. These are supposed to be 40a. Maybe there's some confirmation bias happening with these reviews.
  • 31 50
flag Jacquers (Jan 3, 2020 at 1:48) (Below Threshold)
 If you want the ultimate grip, get clippless Wink Razz
  • 40 44
flag Ktron (Jan 3, 2020 at 2:18) (Below Threshold)
 @Jacquers: but these shoes don't have clips and therefore ARE clipless.
  • 59 7
 What I can't understand is that all mtb flat shoes are skate style. Do manufacturers Not realise there's demand for hi tech flat shoes with boa lacing, gore-tex uppers, thermal insulation etc as clip in shoes do.

It's almost as if they don't really care about flat shoe riders. (with exception of 5.10, but even they have issues)
  • 14 0
 @AD4M: there was a new flat pedal shoes announced some weeks ago on PB which had all those features... Was totally roasted on the comments for being pretentious high tech looking cr@p.
I recall some very modular flat pedal shoe being in the market couple of years ago or so, I doubt it lasted an year.

I honestly don't know what people want, but I'd bet most are fairly conservative
  • 2 0
 @Arierep: you probably think about OWN, they were interesting but too expensive to give a try
  • 1 0
 @vid1998: good call, that's it.
They seem to be clearing stock.
Do you know the original RSP for those?
  • 1 0
 @Arierep: I think it was 250€
  • 2 0
 @Arierep: The Suplest? Some people didn't like them for the aesthetics, but the majority will be 5:10 lifers who would never buy them anyway. Boa lacing will never look 'cool' in most people's eyes.
  • 11 4
 #2FOCLONE
  • 8 0
 I get the feeling that what you guys want is almost are almost akin to what people want from gearbox bikes. If only they did this I would buy it........
  • 4 1
 @AD4M: I agree 100%
Adidas is adding Gore-Tex to their latest shoes.
No Boa laces though.
Too bad they also decided to add 5.10 branding. Seems unnecessary to me.
  • 6 1
 @JohnnyVV: Sole stiffness plays into it too, and the general stiffness of the shoe's upper can mask what's going on. Probably also the thickness of the sole. It took me nearly a year of near daily street trials riding to finally wear through the bottom of my RCs and about 3 months is the average for 5.10s.
  • 12 1
 @AD4M: All we want is the Kestral Pro Boa with the free rider sole. Hell I'd take the Specialized 2FO Cliplite with a flat sole as well.
  • 4 1
 @Xenon303: I think you just hit bull's eye with that one
  • 2 2
 @UnParallelUp user to make 5.10s . They are the only other company with the same grip as Five Ten. But they put that weird Kevin Durant strap across the laces instead of just making them look like a pair of plain black & white Vans.
  • 2 0
 @JohnnyVV: Had a lot of flat pedal shoes and the Mi6 compound are the best ive used. When the Mi6 freerider XVIs went on sale, I bought 5 pairs. Havent had any of the failure issues with them that others have reported.

You're 100% right. It's not that hard to make a sticky compound rubber sole. Until another manufacturer does, adidas, er, 5ten will be the go-to.
  • 2 0
 I 100% agree. I went with Unparallel shoes and will never look back... more grip than the best 5.10 has to offer and the don't fall apart.
  • 4 2
 @endurocat: I love how your comment just gets passed like nobody notices these are simply re branded spesh 2FO, like literally exactly the same. These came out four years ago and everyone loved them cuz spesh was on the label....
  • 1 0
 @JohnnyVV: agreed. There are many different rock climbing shoe soles out there that are just as sticky as 5.10 stealth rubber like vibram xs. Why no shoe manufacturer has clued in to put that on a mountain biking shoes boggles my mind.
  • 4 0
 @JohnnyVV: Durometer is maybe not the only thing that matters here.
  • 1 0
 My lbs has five tens way cheaper than these online jerks and they have 3 beer taps.
  • 1 0
 @CDT77: Didn't Northwave release a flat shoe (Clan?) that had sticky Michelin rubber? Anyone had experience with them?
  • 1 0
 @Arierep: There was that O'Neal trail/bike shoe that got ripped on for the way it looked. Honestly, if it can grip good and last longer than a 5.10 I will be satisfied. The 5.10's are great in their function but I shred through the soles too quickly. www.pinkbike.com/news/oneal-announces-new-bikehike-traverse-shoe.html
  • 1 0
 @Victoriamike: Vibram is on the bontys I think
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: the strap is the best part, since 510 won't f*ckin do it
  • 2 0
 @Blackers: I've got about 6 months in on a pair of Northwave Clans (in gray which look nice, imo). I'd compare them most closely to 510 Contacts, but with more upper support, better toe/heel protection and much better construction. I also appreciate the breathability living in hot and dusty socal. I've used them exclusively with DMR Vaults and find the grip adequate. Again, just not up to par with 510. Similar to the review above, if 510 is a 10/10 grip, these are an 8/10. This review sums them up pretty well.

www.bikemag.com/gear/tested-northwave-clan-shoes-150
  • 2 0
 @hangdogr: You’re probably right about sole thickness and midsole stiffness. It’s certainly the case with climbing shoes.
  • 3 0
 It is nice to see another option out there.

I personally have three different shoes that are not 5.10's. I have Giro Jackets. Giro Chambers and a pair exactly like they're reviewing here.

The giro jackets are my favorite for day to day wear. I like the original jacket a little better. The new one they changed the sole rubber and it doesn't grip as well. Great shoe for wearing to the office and doing lunch rides. I wouldn't chose them in wet or muddy conditions.

The Giro Chamber is about the same as above but with a little better ankle protection and minor support. Little better in wet conditions just because they're higher. Not as comfortable day to day wearing. So I usually wear the Jackets. Think I have 4 pairs.

The Ride Concepts. I 100% agree with this review. I got mine a little on the big side because I had to but even with that they work great. They're comfortable. They're stiff where they need to be stiff. I like the protection on the inside ankle. The grip is good. Not great. I'd say better than the new Giro sole but not as good as the 5.10. All in all, it's a very very good shoe and I'm glad I have a pair to run through.
  • 3 0
 @Blackers: I can't comment on Northwave - my only experience has been 5.10's grippiest shoe (VXI) vs what I replaced it with -> Unparallel 'Dust Up'. Basically loved the grip of the VXI, but the sole delaminated after like 2 rides (I was constantly hot gluing it back on going fwd) and then it developed massive holes everywhere in the sole. I am not over exaggerating my observation that the Unparallel is better in every way;
VXI vs Dust Up
Grip 9/10 10/10
Durability 3/10 7/10
Worksmanship 2/10 9/10
  • 2 0
 @onemanarmy: i have the spesh version of these RC shoes and my only complaint is that the sole feels a bit thick, like i'm lifted further up. good for pedaling but raises center of gravity which hurts descents. but this thick sole provides a stiffer pedaling platform than say the original 510 Freeriders which i also own and are relegated to dirt jumping and bike park laps. these RC's compound arent the stickiest, but the tread pattern helps with grip on most pedals. the thick soles sometimes feel muted like i cant feel the trail or limits of the pedals as well as the og freerider.
  • 2 0
 @cuban-b: I can see that. I find that the sole is pedal dependent. If the pedal is gnarly enough they grip fine. Ha! My T-Mac's I sometimes had to force my feet out. My Chesters... they jump off the pedals like 2-3 times a ride at least.
  • 1 0
 @onemanarmy: same here - DMR vault no problem, but my old shimano DX pedals probably similar story to your chesters.
  • 1 0
 @AD4M: Northwave are not that skate skate style? i would like to try those, the RC Wildcats, specialized 2F0 1.0 or aftons. decisions....????
  • 1 1
 @SlopeStyleDrew: My reference to the strap on the Unparallel is that it holds back their initial sales. Most converts are going to justify the purchase of a new high friction rubber trail/DH shoe if it passes a normal shoe off the bike. Performance minded riders (or people who are bad at tying their shoes) will buy the strapped pair, but not in as high of a volume is all I was saying.
  • 2 0
 @cuban-b: I experienced The same thing. Put me way too far up
On the bike.
  • 1 0
 @HopeFbn: Thanks. I will try to track those down and give them a shot for sure.
  • 2 1
 Stoked to see more shoe options for riders. FiveTen are really not well made. And it's sad we don't know better. My local cobbler/ shoe repair points to the FiveTen sticker in his window and yells, "That's how I bought my 2nd boat!" No shit.
  • 1 0
 @Victoriamike: I use my old climbing approach shoes and the grip is rediculous and the rubber lasts forever.
  • 3 0
 @filmdrew: your cobbler has two boats?
  • 1 0
 @Doogie711: I just want a pair of freerider top fitted onto the impact pro sole , these would be perfect for dry warm days

I tried a pair of these powerline shoes, the uk sizing seemed to be at least a size to small so I sent them back, they did seem well made though but I want ultimate sole grip
  • 2 0
 @Doogie711:

ADIDAS: are you listening

“ All we want is the Kestral Pro Boa with the free rider sole. Hell I'd take the Specialized 2FO Cliplite with a flat sole as well.”
  • 1 0
 @vid1998: OWNs are an incredible shoe. I have been using mine for about 4 years now. The liners are starting to come to an end of their life, but where they beat 5:10s is you can actually use them in the wet and they don't take a month to dry out.
  • 1 0
 @endurocat: couldn't help but think that myself. Straight clone.
  • 49 4
 Am I the only one who wouldn't even consider buying shoes if they don't have 5.10 grippiness?
  • 8 0
 Dunno, last couple of pair didn't last too long sole wise.
  • 7 0
 @fatduke: I won’t get another shoe without the raised inner cuff because my ankle bones are always twatting the cranks. Five ten doesn’t have a shoe with the low top style that looks best, combined with the raised inner cuff. If you want the high inner cuff you have to have the high outer cuff too, and I’m not a fan of that mid or high top style.
I am keen to try some of these, but I’m waiting until I can do a side by side comparison with the new Shimano GR9. The Powerlines look cooler, but I think the lace cover on Shimano shoes is pretty useful for UK winters.
  • 8 0
 I'd like to be able to buy a pair of mtb shoes that are designed to fit wide feet.
  • 2 1
 Probably not, but thank god we're not limited to one pair of shoes each. I wear 5:10s for some riding, but Shimano or Sombrio shoes for less gnarly stuff. The Shimanos are better for hike-a-bike rides too, they have stiffer soles.
  • 6 1
 Had a pair of Shimano GR7 for 1,5 years, couldn't imagine a much more grippy show than that. Got a pair of 5 10 Impact Sam Hills for Christmas as was blown away by how much more grippy they are. Combined with the Nukeproof Horizons it is like descending with clipless, I don't have to think about my feet, but without the cons. Now I'm spoiled forever
  • 1 0
 @jaame: seem to be getting along well with my ions although they took a bit of wearing in. Those shimano ones look like they could be a good replacement if I don't fancy another pair of ions.
  • 1 0
 Problem is the last pair of Sam Hill Impacts I bought have terrible grip, absolute crap. They are very durable but I feel like I flushed $160 down the toilet. That was my 6th pair of 5.10s and probably my last.
  • 3 0
 @Ktron: This! Tired of squishing my feet into ballerina shoes. Maybe we can convince Altra to make a bike shoe?
  • 1 0
 @Ktron: YES! I'm a EE and finding decent fitting shoes is not easy. 5.10 is right out and so is RC.
  • 1 0
 @fatduke: I have looked at those on the internet. Not easy to find for realz though. I like to try them on before I buy.
  • 1 0
 Does anyone realize these shoes are just spesh 2FO clones? zero difference.
  • 1 0
 @cuban-b: well even if you’re right, they don’t say specialized on them. That’s good enough for me.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: fair point!
  • 1 0
 @jaame: 5.10 needs to reboot the Karver. Lighter version though. Full lace cover, ankle protection, and burly. I remember loading up on a few pairs after they were discontinued. Finally wore through my last pair this last season. I am running the GR9 now, but I got them in 2019, not sure if there is something newer out there
  • 1 0
 @krashDH85: how do you like the GR9s? Good fit? How about when they get wet, do they soak up a lot of water? Drying time?
  • 1 0
 @jaame: As an alternative they were pretty good. Not a lot of support, not a very stiff sole (which I was used to on the Karver). I would say grip is probably 7/10. I was using them with some OneUp composite pedals, pretty decent but could still move my foot around. Have also ran them with Twenty6 Predators, but those things are supreme grip with any shoe. Inner ankle coverage was good, although after a season the "cuff" was pretty beat up, but I tend to hit chanistays and cranks a lot. Toe box could use some improvement, it's not stiff and I took a couple of rocks and roots to the toes that hurt but didn't do any permanent damage. Lacing system is awesome. Fit is awesome. Lace cover is a must in my book. They are a really light shoe, they don't get waterlogged and they dry quick. 5.10's would be wet the entire weekend once they got soaked, the GR9's are dry every day. I ditched the inner sole, which I do with every shoe I own and put in my own inserts. I expected them to last over a season though and they have, but they're on their way out now.
  • 1 0
 i had GR9's. They felt awesome. No complaints at all. This last season I went back to 5.10's only because I caught a sale. I wouldn't hesitate to get GR9's again tho.
  • 1 0
 @Sweatypants: thanks for the tips. I think I’m going to plump for the GR9 over the Powerline.
  • 1 0
 I’ve just found the 2fo flat 2 shoe for 50% off. Should I get those instead? £67 as opposed to £99 for the GR9 or £107 for the RCs.
Thoughts?
  • 1 0
 @jaame: yeah I think spesh 2FO v2 is a better shoe than v1
  • 1 0
 me, I like to be able to move my foot.
  • 1 0
 @gafoto: Altra does make a bike shoe, unintentionally. The grafton. I have a pair and they fit my wide feet well, sole is similar to 5-10 in pattern but rubber isn’t as sticky and however the upper doesn’t have a lot of protection; I use them for mellower rides or ones involving hab, they are super comfortable for that. I wear my RC hellions for gnarlier stuff. May try powerlines, I’m sure they’re sticky enough for me.
  • 7 3
 Never thought I’d stray from the 5.10 camp, but I’m now sold on Vans Comfy Cush. Far grippier than regular Vans and close to that of 5.10 without looking like f*cking orthotics.
  • 10 1
 I always wear comfy cush as a casual shoe. But seriously how could you bike in something this flexible. You'll feel every pin in your foot. It won't be so comfy, it will be chattery.
  • 6 0
 @makkelijk: you also REALLY feel the hard impacts with those flexy soles, and there's no toe protection or anything
  • 1 0
 Ya know comfy cush is the insole right? I fail to see how that affects your grip on the pedal.
  • 2 0
 @drunknride: Well I'm no super vans fan, but yes the insole helps out A LOT. It acts like your suspension does, absorbing impacts. Freeriders have basically no insoles. Vast majority of MTB flat shoes have horrible insoles too... just throw aways. Can add vans insoles for smush, SCG Pro insoles for big hits, or SuperFeet for torsion/rigidity.
  • 6 2
 I find my Five Tens too grippy which makes it difficult to reposition your feet while riding. I'd rather have a little less grip than my current setup. I'll check these out when my Five Ten Freerider Elements die.
  • 4 1
 Im in the same camp. When i wear 510's, Im always wanting to move my foot but cant. This Ride Concept compound may be beneficial for folks like us. Much longer sole lifespan also!
  • 1 0
 @JDFF: I thought this exact thing, but I've noticed on occasion that the pedal would roll under my foot, not slip or anything like that but a roll. Maybe its my riding but the 5.10 never did that in the 6 years I ran them. Just my experience so it might be different for everyone else.
  • 3 0
 Tried a pair of these in their middle compound (wildcat DST 6), shoe had a lot of flat pedal features I wanted such as the velcro strap to secure the laces under and the high inside ankle protection, shoes were way lighter but the grip just wasn't up to what I'm used to with my 5.10 impacts. I'm going back to a new pair of 5.10 impacts for next season.
  • 1 0
 My impacts are heavy and hot in the summer. Shimano gr5 are much lighter and grip okay, but I miss my Teva Links. I tried Teva Pinner and they had a much harder sole. Similar to the vibram sole on Giro. Hard and not very grippy. The Teva Spider rubber was great. My next shoe will be the UR up link.
  • 1 0
 @fruitsd79:

Ugghh I know. I’m on my third pair of links. They’re just starting to fall apart.

Who bought the design from Teva?
  • 2 0
 @itslightoutandawaywego: I think Unparallel Sports...if you hit their web site their mtb bike shoes look very much like a Teva Links.
  • 2 0
 These shoes are really good. I have no thrashed them for last six months in PNWet and they have held up. Agree with the reviewers observation about the not as sticky soles but will live with that over garbage that 5-10 has put out regarding reliability.
  • 1 0
 Exactly. When the soles of multiple pairs of 5.10s start to delaminate after 2 rides its time to look for another option,
  • 3 1
 Another shoe that's good, but not quite as grippy as a 5.10=another fail.

The first company that makes a shoe with equal or greater grip and has the more slim fit, modern materials, and easier closure/adjustment will break the 5.10 monopoly. I'd say something with a lorica upper, reinforced in key wear areas. Boa or speedlace closure. Maybe some sort of insole/midsole stiffness adjustment. Build that on a Freerider last with grippy rubber and take my money!!!!
  • 5 3
 I rode the RC Wildcats for about four months, the midsole softened quite a bit leading to some arch pain, so I contact RC and they took them back on warranty and gave me a refund.

I then bought a pair of RC Hellions and have been riding those for over six months, no significant softening, sole wear is excellent, and they ride very well.

Having ridden nearly every flat pedal shoe on the market since 2005, the RC Hellions are my favorites to date:

Durable construction, stiff mid-sole, long wearing out-sole, good fit.

As to the stickiness of the rubber, meh, the RC stick fine if you know how to ride flats. Honestly, the best part of riding flats is being able to move your foot around. If someone needs a stickier sole than the RC, they either need to learn how to ride flats or they should go back to clipless.
  • 1 1
 "learn how to ride flats or go back to clipless"

Thanks for your small dick size review.
  • 2 0
 All of the Ride Concepts shoes looked like good contenders when they first came out, until:

1. Same asking price as the already proven FiveTens;
2. Kept spamming their "free $60 slides with purchase" (that no one wants) as their idea of a "deal."

If they undercut FiveTen from the beginning I honestly would have tried a pair. They didn't have to be better than FiveTens - if they had performed just as good but at a lower price I would have jumped on.

Unfortunately, right now RideConcepts offers neither.
  • 1 1
 Problem with this is FiveTens are a REALLY LOW BAR to compare quality shoes to. They're a 15$ Payless shoe with a tiny slice of high-tack rubber. Not well made at all. Not proven... and have photos upon photos of soles falling off at bike demo events.
  • 2 0
 My RC Helions are brilliant. They've done a winter and half a summer now and still look like new, seriously there is almost no visible wear on them. They are a firmer platform for riding, have a little less grip than five ten but it improves over time. I ride Brendog Vault pedals with the longer pins fitted, no issues. I'd buy again.
  • 2 0
 I still wear Nike Blazers, always end up going back to them. They are super tough, the right height and padded around the ankle, works for me! With regards to grip, I just use upgraded pins in my pedals.
  • 3 0
 Stoked to see D30 make its way to MTB gear. But yeah, I like my soles to be as grippy as possible, too bad because the rest of the package looks pretty dialed.
  • 6 2
 Welcome to 2011
  • 2 0
 @Chris97a: Thanks?
  • 1 0
 @Chris97a: Fine, fine, I wasn't an MTB nerd back then, I was a motorbike nerd and D30 has been around that scene for a while.
  • 2 0
 I've had this shoe for a year +/- now.
First shoe I've found that has the width and grip of 5-10's, which is a good thing since Addidas decided they could do it better, and managed to ruin the best shoe on the market.
  • 2 0
 Tried a pair of rc's after 3 sets of 5.10's. Figured what the heck, they're 50 bucks less and lighter. They work great. Could be stickier, true, but they've never caused me a problem.
  • 1 0
 5 10's may be the grippiest, but they blow up super fast. I had a pair of impacts for 3 months and the uppers started unraveling on me. Now, I still own a pair of impact hi tops from before Addidas bought the company and they are STILL solid! They just stink like hell and are mummy-stiff...
  • 1 0
 I just don't understand why people love 5:10s so much. They are truly awful. Take forever to dry, they are basically like wearing sponges on your feet and the soles actually fall off the shoe. im sure if you live somewhere hot this isnt an issue but im in the uk where the trails are wet about 70% of the year.
  • 3 1
 Ive moved over from 5.10 to Specialized 2FO and the grip is pretty comparable. The other key difference is that they dry 10x quicker than 5.10s. I wouldnt go back.
  • 3 0
 I really hope Vans brings back an updated Gravel line. It was nearly as grippy as FiveTens but more comfortable.
  • 1 0
 I had a couple of pairs of those back in the day. I found them to be stylish and comfortable but not very grippy and the soles were very thin which led to foot fatigue.
  • 2 0
 Coincidence that no new advent winners have been announced since I broke the Vitus “duplicate profile” news? I think not.
  • 1 0
 slow clap.
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 I would love to see a battle between MTB brands for most durable after 3mo, 6mo, etc.

I’m looking at the Shimano GR901 which l think run Michelin rubber vs buying another pair of 5.10s that last half a season.
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 The Shimano shoes have a much longer lasting sole since switching from Vibram to Michelin, but the uppers are not very robust. I liken mine to a pair of slippers alongside the RC shoes.
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 If they weren't as grippy as 510s I'd have binned them after the 1st ride, life's too short to use sub par equipment.
  • 2 1
 These shoes are plenty sticky for DH racers and riders. I have a pair and find them just slightly less compliant to pins as my old pair of 5.10s.
  • 1 1
 Ignore all sizing but cm. The footbed of my Freerider Contacts in size 300 measures 300mm. Does the footbed of the Powerline in size 299 measure 299mm? I guess it doesn't matter since they don't stick to pedals.
  • 1 0
 When it comes to flats there is Five Ten and then there’s everybody else. Contrarians will always lament but real riders know whats the best.
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 As long as they last longer than 5.10's, these seem to be a good option. Does anyone have good durability results from a particular 5.10 model?
  • 1 0
 If you have sticky rubber soles, then your feet don't slip, and you don't need inner ankle protection. That doesn't apply if you are doing tail whips, of course.
  • 1 0
 These look sweet but a no go for my circus size 14 feet. Still rocking 5.10s for the foreseeable future which is just fine by me
  • 2 0
 I own a pair of the TNT. Superb comfort. The grip however is mediocre. I thought they would be better for that price.
  • 1 0
 Biggest issue I’ve heard with 5.10 is that the soles don’t last that long, I guess that’s the trade off
  • 3 0
 Yeah the soles are very soft. But, they are the best you can buy by far. If most people can spend 5k plus on a mountain bike I'm sure replacing a pair of shoes now and again isn't a big issue
  • 2 2
 After multiple pairs of expensive 5.10's dying a quick death at a high price I bought some RC Livewires. The fit is better, the quality is better, the price is better and have hardly seen any wear over the season. The grip only seemed minorly less than 5.10's. Won't be going back to 5.10.
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 @jclaremt: You can almost always find 5.10s cheap if you know what size you need and aren't picky about color.
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 I keep buying the old Impacts from Go Out doors on discount, they last about a year, I ride all year round and dig loads too so they get a rough life, I think 1 year is pretty reasonable for all that premium grip.
  • 1 0
 I wish my 5.10’s we’re steel toe or composite toe. I have broken several toes on tree roots and rocks.
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 If you ride once a month, you’re probably on the 5.10 program for maximum grip performance. For those looking for more than 8 months of life out of a shoe RC is the new benchmark. We’re proud to offer both of these amazing brands.
  • 6 0
 I deal with 8 month shoes. On a high consequence line, grip isn't optional. RC shoes lasting longer isn't a benchmark, it's mediocre. A benchmark will be the first company that makes a grippy flat pedal shoe that lasts a full season.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer any updates on the Advent calendar winners from the 18th - 24th? Smile
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 shots fired
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 Why do so many of these shoe companies stop at size 13? Limits my options so much.
  • 1 0
 Because sadly, you are a "money loser" for these companies. Anything over size 13 creates inventory problems, sad truth my dude.
  • 2 0
 Bigger sizes coming very soon!
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 @RideConcepts: I'm really happy to hear that!
  • 1 0
 If 5.10 is a 10 on the sticky scale and these are an 8. What would a pair of Vans be??
  • 2 0
 Kyle strait rode Rampage in Vans.
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 @fruitsd79: Kyle Strait rode the most recent Rampage in the Powerline Smile
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 @RideConcepts: is 6.0 stickier than 4.0?
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 @fruitsd79: No, those numbers refer to the durometer, meaning 6.0 is a 60 durometer, so firmer than the 4.0.
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 no one wants a sticky rubber...
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 Sticky rubber is only for those without a decent pin length.
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 This comment shouldn't be in the negatives lol
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 @AntN: I think pin girth comes into play as well...
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 Pole Stamina can use some stick rubber right now to keep their bike together!
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 I ride 2FO which seems very comparable to these RC
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 Not comparable, the RC fit is better, RC uses nicer materals and their finish is better, and RC has a better sole material and design. I had a few sets of 2FO, liked the original version, but the new versions are awful, flumsy midsole and terrible fit.
  • 1 0
 Try them out see if they are grippie enough, make up your own mind!
  • 1 0
 This is the problem. You can't! Same with tires (tyres). There's no way to demo them. You hope the reviews on them are accurate, then roll the dice and then buy them. If you don't like them, you're hooped.
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: If you don't like them sell them. They'll still be new and you'll get most of your $$ back.
  • 1 0
 @vikb: For tires, you'll drop $120, get $80ish for them. You'd be out $40 per tire for each new set. For shoes you're paying 170, then maybe getting $100-$120. Although my flag is Canadian, my heritage is Dutch. We don't throw money out like that. Smile
  • 1 0
 5.10 Contacts far superior .
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 Adult sizes, please.
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 They dont make my size.
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 I've got a pair and they are great!
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 The run a half size SMALL compared to 510!
  • 1 0
 I’d buy these just as a “nod” to RC worlds greatest PB editor.
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 Soooooo ugly.
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 5.10
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