New for 2013 the all mountain and downhill flat pedaling shoe. With the new Stealth Contact outsole that lets you pull, push and just plain readjust your footing when needed while maintaining superior grip. There's also a knurled pattern on the toe which will likely grip nicely when hiking back up for another run. The Freerider VXI has a breathable, abrasion- resistant upper, and an asymmetrical welt that provides durability.
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Yes...the 3 most important S's in flat pedal shoes. Stiff - great at pedal efficiency, but enough give to walk. Supportive - good side to side support to keep the feet on the pedals. Sticky - most important need for flat pedals. Sticks to my pedals like no other. Will buy again once they wear out...but I don't see that happening anytime soon either.
I bought these in the red color way about a month ago and absolutely love them. They have a nice firm sole and sturdy toe cap. The bottom is super grippy and the smooth portion actually grabs on to the the pins quite well due to the sticky compound that fiveten used. The only note i might have is if you are going to hike the bike up loose dirt or any slippery terrain make sure to walk on your toes as the flat portion of the sole will give way. Overall this is a great shoe that is both aesthetically appealing and performs as required.
Hands down the best riding shoe. Sticky, but not too sticky...stiff, but not too stiff, and they are great quality. I have a big foot so it can be tough for me to find a comfortable shoe, but these are a perfect fit! Durable and tough and the design is great. Don't even bother with others, just buy these!
I wear the freerider out on walks, to work, on road rides and on my mtb. All the flat pedal riding freeride mountain bikers know that five tens are where its at! The soles are like velcro on flat pedals, the looks are unbeatable, and the comfort is perfect all day long. I like the freeriders lower profile with skater style ankle support and great materials. These things will last, trust me. They are tough, sticky and great on the eyes. They probably even make you jump higher LOL....ok maybe I'm stretching it there. Get 'em though, you won't be disappointed and you'll instantly notice that these are better than any other shoe you've put to your flat pedals!
I have had these shoes from PricePoint and Five Ten since around last May '13. Decided to make the switch to flat pedals and no clips for the all mountain technical riding I do here in MA and NH. The are perfect combo of light weight, solid support and firm sole, and are also quite warm for very cold rides down to about 20 degrees. The rubber is wearing just a bit, but the oh so sticky rubber still keeps me glued to the pedals. Sure I lose a little power going uphill not being clipped in, but overall I like the transition to no clips.
Put off buying 5-10 shoes for the longest time, not believing the hype of how good these are. Ordered my normal size and were perfect fit for medium width shoes. My first ride they stuck like you were glued to the pedal. My feet don't move. A real effort needs to be made to re-position you feet. Theses are a must have for flat pedals. Super comfortable and not as hot as regular skate shoes.
Bought both the Five Ten Low Impact and these brand new Freerider VXI shoes (Price Point price matched) and switched from clipless to flat pedals (Shimano). The Low Impacts are very heavy. These VXI's not only have the partially smooth soul which allows you to shift your position easily, but it has a stiff enough soul for anything I've ridden. Knarly NE, all mountain technical singletrack. I love these shoes, and the transition to flat pedals. The fit is great for my wide forefoot too. The also seem to be well built (durable so far).