Purveyor of fine footwear, Five Ten, have some neat sneaks for 2017 in their line up, the hugely popular brand has been at the forefront of the flat pedal game for some time and have an army of fans the world over. This season the Freerider Pro gets a makeover, the Freerider EPS ads a winter shoe to the range and Danny MacAskill deservedly gets a pro shoe too. On top of all that there is a full range of women’s shoes in each line designed on a special last with a snugger fit for smaller feet.
This shoe has to be one of the most popular bike shoes in the business, it’s seen some upgrades over the years and is a far cry from the original shoe that was first launched to much acclaim some time ago. The biggest change for this year is the updated sole which features a full grip pattern, losing the flat section of the sole feature on last year’s shoes. In addition, the number of seams has been reduced to stop water ingress and a quick drying materials ensure the shoe keeps your feet dry. It’s worth noting these are still aimed at spring, summer and autumn weather. The sole features the renowned Stealth S1 rubber and the new women’s shoes are far more than a change of colour with specific lasts designed for the ultimate fit for the ladies.
When the weather gets a bit rough the Freerider EPS is here to solve all your problems, well problems relating to cold feet at least. A Primaloft Gold insulation is used from the instep area forward, including the tongue to keep your toes nice and warm, a single piece of leather is used to craft the forefoot area which reduces seaming and water intake. The upper is full leather and there is a fully gusseted tongue to help keep the water and mud. Naturally, a Stealth S1 rubber sole keeps your foot planted on the pedals…
Danny MacAskill Pro
Danny had a pro colourway on the Freerider a couple of years ago, but this year he gets his own shoe designed to fulfil his needs both on and off the bike. With a casual styling these shoes could be worn anywhere, but it’s on the bike where they really perform. Light and simple would be a good way to describe them, no fuss but plenty of padding where it is needed and, of course, the all important, full tread Stealth S1 dotty rubber outsole ensures you don’t slip off a pedal no matter what stunts you are trying.
Hellcat and Hellcat Pro
New for this year the Hellcat’s and Hellcat Pro shoes feature some flex in an upwards direction so they bend when you hike in them, however, thanks to the TPU shank they are totally stiff when pushing downwards on the pedals to ensure maximum power transfer. The Pro version is lighter than the standard one and features a leather and synthetic upper to add durability. The women’s version again has a modified last and a snugger fit around the heel area to lock the foot down into the show with less volume overall to better match the shape of a woman’s foot.
For more information head over to http://www.fiveten.com
By Rou ChaterRou Chater is the Publishing Editor of IMB Magazine; he’s a jack-of-all-trades and master of none, but his passion for bikes knows no bounds. His first mountain bike was a Trek 820, which he bought in 1990. It didn’t take him long to earn himself a trip to the hospital on it, and he’s never looked back since. These days he’s keeping it rubber side down, riding locally and overseas as much as possible.