Five Ten Hellcat shoes review

Popular gravity shoe gets a rerub

BikeRadar score3/5

The original Hellcats were Five Ten’s first foray into clipless bike shoes, blending the firm's renowned Stealth Rubber sole with a robust upper to create a design that ended up on its fair share of DH World Cup podiums. The new shoes keep the same sole and basic silhouette but are 70g lighter a pair (1,198g, size 43 with cleats), helping to address one of our main gripes.

The fit, feel and quality of construction that made the Hellcats so popular first time around thankfully remain, while new materials used on the upper make them easier to clean and quicker to dry. The toe box now has a wipe-clean synthetic leather covering that fends off splashes, while the sides are thinner and more reluctant to soak up water.

The new Hellcats' cleat positioning wouldn't go quite as far to the rear as we'd have liked

Despite the diet they’re still not the lightest shoes out there – Five Ten’s own Impact VXis, for instance, weigh 250g less. The positioning of the cleat shots, and the amount of adjustment available, is still less than perfect compared with newer designs too – we couldn’t get the cleats quite far back enough for our liking.

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

Olly Forster

Staff Writer, UK
Olly started riding in '94 after reading Mountain Biking UK as a teenager, and by '97 he'd done his first downhill race. Having worked in the bike industry since 2000 in a range of roles, he's still as hungry as ever to test new kit and explore fresh trails.
  • Age: 36
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 82kg / 180lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Downhill and trail
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada IPA

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