Five Ten Freerider Contact shoes review£100.00

Comfy and supportive flat-pedal shoes

BikeRadar score4/5

These new flat-pedal shoes from Five Ten do a good job of balancing sole flex with pedalling efficiency.

While they’re not quite as stiff as the more downhill-orientated Five Ten Impacts, you can spend hours pushing the pedals in the Freerider Contacts without any discomfort. The midsole is rigid enough to be efficient but not overly so, which becomes apparent when walking around off the bike.

Related: Five Ten Impact VXi shoes

Five Ten’s Stealth Mi6 rubber sole provides vice-like grip on the pedals. Off the bike, traction is good in the dry but the slick pedal contact patch – designed to make it easier to adjust your position on the pedals – does make pushing back up the hill in the wet pretty tricky.

On hotter days we never overheated in the Contacts, and when the inevitable happened and the rain started to fall, they managed to shrug off a couple of showers and puddle splashes before we started to feel the wet creeping in. They dry reasonably quickly too.

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

Rob Weaver

Technical Editor-in-Chief, UK
Rob started riding mountain bikes seriously in 1993 racing cross-country, though he quickly moved to downhill where he competed all over the world. He now spends most of his time riding trail bikes up and down hills. Occasionally he'll jump into an enduro race.
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 172cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Natural trails where the loam fills my shoes on each and every turn
  • Beer of Choice: Guinness

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