Five Ten Freerider Contact MTB shoe review

Grippy flat trail shoe

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £110.00 RRP | AUD $230.00 | USD $150.00

Our review

Slightly less robust than Five Ten Impacts, but more comfortable and just as excellent
Buy if, You want one of the best flat shoes on the market
Pros: Good grip, without being too locked-in; good fit; decent protection
Cons: Less robust than the absolute industry leader Five Ten Impacts
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Five Ten make the best flat shoe we’ve yet tested — the Impact VXI. Unparalleled levels of pedal grip, weather resistant uppers and solid foot protection make them the shoe to beat. So how does this rival measure up?

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The Freerider Contact’s sole uses the same top of the line, super-sticky Mi6 Stealth rubber compound as the Impacts, but unlike their stablemates, which have lugs covering the sole, the Contacts have a lug-free section around the pedalling area. The result is grip that while not quite as locked in as the Impacts, is easier to make minor positional adjustments.

Five Ten's super-sticky Mi6 Stealth rubber
Five Ten’s super-sticky Mi6 Stealth rubber
What Mountain Bike

The shoes do an excellent job of treading the line between stiffness and flexibility, providing decent pedalling support and reasonably sensitive ride feedback. The feel is virtually indistinguishable from the Impacts and definitely the best in recent testing.

The Contact’s skate shoe style gives an excellent fit and the shoes are more comfortable than the comparatively boat-like Impacts. They are also narrower, have increased arch support and are slightly (8g) lighter.

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A stiff toe cap gives rock strike protection, and the shoes do a good job of keeping the elements away while staying fairly well ventilated. They’re vegan-friendly too.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Freerider Contact
Brand Five Ten

Shoe Closure Laces
Shoe Size Tested 44
Weight Of Pair Tested 804