Five Ten Maltese Falcon LT Clipless shoes review£114.99

Impressive enduro/trail footwear

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Five Ten is aiming for a slice of the enduro/trail market with a lighter, more securely anchored version of its original Maltese Falcon clipless shoe.

Sole stiffness is high so you can get the power down out of corners or pedally sections, and twin broad Velcro straps with laces underneath lock them on to your feet really securely without crimp or cramp points. Unsurprisingly, feedback feels more remote than with floppier shoes, but the Stealth S1 rubber sole increases grip so you can still twist and drive the bike through your feet.

Slight flex in the toe stops them pulling up at the heel when you’re pushing, and walking grip is OK unless it’s really muddy. They shrug off showers and puddle splashes well and dry really quickly. At 936g (size 44), they’re 300g lighter than Shimano’s benchmark AM45s, which helps your feet feel noticeably faster on pedally sections. They don’t feel like wellies after a full day on the bike and the thinner outsole stops them scuffing cranks and swingarms like other shoes can.

While they’re more expensive than the previous Falcons, they’re competitive with other premium plimsolls. They’ve slotted straight in among our other current hardcore favourites.

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

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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