Five Ten Freerider VXI – Review
So after many years of abuse my old five ten impacts gave up and started coming apart. The reasons behind this were (in my opinion) 2 fold, 1 was that they were very old and very tired having been my shoe of choice for circa five years. 2 was that when I got them soaked on a winter xc ride they were banished from the house to the shed (wifes orders) where they sat to rot for a few weeks. They held up for a grand finale of a ride over the local woods before I got home and this happened!
So it was time to source a new pair, being a flats only man I had to source another pair of Five Tens, however I wanted something with a bit lighter than my impacts and easier to dry and most importantly – at a good price. So after scouring the web I managed to source a pair of these from Bikedepot.de delivered for to my door for £58! That was around £30 cheaper than anywhere else at the time – including CRC
First impressions when I opened the box were mixed being honest, while I liked the look of them and the lower weight than the Impact the sole seemed to be not right!! Where had the tread gone from the ball area of the foot? The part that grips the pedal?? Well it turns out that has gone for the better as (in marketing speak) it allows you easier adjustment of your foot without the obstruction of shoe tread, it is also meant to improve contact between the pins and the sole as there is no tread to get in the way / out of balance of the pins meaning you get 100% contact in this area.
So after 2 months of riding in every condition what can I say? First of all the fit is bang on, I have a broad foot (Converse are a nightmare if that makes sense) and these fit really well. I also like the pedal contact but I am dubious if it actually does grip as well as my old Impacts being honest, the other down side in these shoes is that the lack of tread means that if you’re a dh boy pushing up muddy trails can be a down right nightmare they are about as much use as an inflatable dartboard when it comes to this task. However the fit and relatively low weight paired with the much improved drying time outshine these few negative points, you can also squeeze in a seal skin sock which adds to the warmth and water resistance of your wet rides and is a whole heartedly recommended upgrade (reviewed separately)
Tips for cleaning are – dry out after a ride then brush off with a stiff brush, this will make them last longer and keep looking fresh
Any questions you know where to find me