Ride Concepts’ Vice flat-pedal shoes were developed in collaboration with the brand’s dirt jump and slopestyle riders, which gives an idea of the sort of riding they’re designed for.
To keep your feet on the pedals they use Ride Concepts’ DST 6.0 HIGH GRIP rubber, with an ‘inverse hexagon’ tread.
These hexagons are larger in the toe and heel areas, and smaller where the shoe contacts the pedal, for improved interaction. The detail and build quality are great.
Highlights include D3O impact protection across the heel and ball of the foot, a reinforced toe bumper, metal lace eyelets and a tongue gusset.
In use, the traction is spot-on for riding jumps or sessions at the pump track. It’s not totally rock-solid like with Five Ten’s Stealth rubber, but that means there’s enough ‘give’ for you to shift your foot position should you wish.
There’s more than enough grip for most trail riding too, although I did find my feet shuffling out of position on really rough tracks. If you need a shoe that can handle rougher trails, check out Ride Concepts’ grippier Powerline shoes.
Comfort is impressive thanks to the generous ankle and tongue padding. And while the suede finish isn’t exactly UK-friendly (if they get mucky, expect to spend some time with a brush), I was impressed by how well they fended off puddle splashes.