When it comes to traction and protection, the Impact Pros stand out above the rest. There’s a good reason why so many of us in the office ride in them.
If you’re not into the special-edition Troy Lee Designs Impacts pictured here, never fear, more muted colours are available for a tenner less.
Despite Five Ten slimming them down over the years, they’re still pretty chunky, and you’ll want to use large-platformed pedals with them.
This also means they’re quite hefty, at 1,240g (and not the fastest drying), but, thanks to their excellent performance, I’m more than willing to overlook the figure on the scales.
A reinforced, impact-resistant toe box offers stellar protection and there’s a reasonable level of padding around the ankle, bolstering comfort and making them fine to wear for hours on end. The stack height of the latest Impacts is lower, which helps improve pedal feedback.
As for traction on the pedal, it’s almost impossible to fault. Accurate foot placement is needed, because it’s hard to shift the position of your shoes when they’re on the pedals, but once your feet are in the right place, they’re not going anywhere, even over seriously roughed-up terrain.
It’s that standout traction and high-level of protection that really shine through here, making the Impact Pros a great set of shoes for the trail.