FiveTen Freerider VXi Element shoes £95

Sticky-soled mountain bike shoes for foul weather

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The FiveTen Freeride VXi Element shoes are the 'winterised' versions of the popular flat pedal Freerider VXis, which are renowned for their sticky, grippy soles.

Water-repellent, unperforated synthetic uppers replace the previous mesh sections, and improved insulation means greater warmth. They also make use of FiveTen's new Stealth Mi6 rubber, a softer compound that claims unparalleled friction.

We say they're more weather-proofed than properly 'winterised', and on a cold, crisp days we were disappointed to end up with wet feet. Puddles can simply slosh over the water resistant uppers, seep past the tongue and hitch a ride. We never found warmth a problem though.

Unlike the dimpled predecessors, the Elements have a smooth patch where the pedal sits. The added manoeuvrability initially feels alien, but the Mi6 rubber keeps feet well planted.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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