FiveTen Hellcat shoes £95

Clipless lace-ups

BikeRadar score 3/5

This is one of the first clipless bike shoes from FiveTen, famous for their sticky Stealth rubber soles used by flat pedal riders. The Hellcat morphs this rubber tech into an upper that resembles the SixSixOne Filter, and in our opinion is a better-looking shoe than the non-clipless Impact.

The rubber grips the cages of platform clipless pedals well, but we weren’t blown away by the action with standard size clipless pedals where the level of roll from the shoe bothered a few riders. The thickness of the sole can leave you feeling a bit far away from the pedals.

We hauled on the laces and kept the crossover Velcro lace keeper straps tight, but we never got the same connected feeling that we got from something like the Shimano MP66. The synthetic leather upper is good at deflecting showers, but don’t expect full weather protection. We like this shoe for gravity-orientated rides where fit and roll issues are less intrusive.

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