Five Ten have continued to evolve key models of their shoe line up for 2016. Here are a few that really caught our eyes at Eurobike this week…
The new Kestrel Laces
Though the Kestrel shoe had a fairly recent makeover where it received, most notably, the BOA closure system (which proved to be a touch hit or miss between our testers), Five Ten have launched a more affordable version, minus the pricier indexed tightening dial.
The Kestrel Lace (yep, you guessed it, laces rather than the BOA system to tighten them up) gets a nylon shank which makes it roughly 15 percent more flexible than the top tier Kestrel, making it, according to Five Ten, even more comfortable off the bike.
The outer sole uses Five Ten’s S1 rubber throughout, rather than a mix of S1 and Mi6 as seen on its more expensive counterpart.
Alongside the laces, the Velcro strap should help to keep them securely fixed to your feet.
There’s two colour options for the guys, and two colour options for the ladies.
Impact Sam Hill
The silhouette of the Impacts hasn’t changed hugely over the past few years, but with the help of a certain Australian shredder, Five Ten have refined them somewhat and added some great little updates to help improve wear, comfort and grip.
The new Sam Hill version (along with the regular Impact) gets properly reinforced lace eyelets to ensure nothing pulls through or damages the upper when you’re really cranking the laces up super tight. There’s also a stitch that runs across the front of the foot, helping to keep the Stealth S1 outer sole attached to the upper of the shoe.
Where the Sam Hill Impact differs from the regular Impact is that it gets a full synthetic upper (rather than a more breathable mesh over the toe area) for better weather protection.
If you’re keen for more support around the ankle, Five Ten have also revamped their Impact high top and it’s available in two different colours.
If you’re after a bit more protection from the elements, the Freeride ELC could well be just the ticket. The most obvious addition is easy to spot. The DWR coated upper and massive Velcro lace flap help to keep the moisture at bay, crud off the laces takes some of the hassle out of the cleaning process.
On the underside, Five Ten have opted to go for their Stealth Ph Dotty rubber in a bid to keep your feet glued to the pedals. For those that don’t mind a bit of pedalling, the Freeider ELC gets a stiffer, more efficient midsole than the standard Freerider shoe.
There’s two wild colours to choose from too.
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