Interbike 2011: Five Ten

Sticky shoe maker Five Ten has gone utterly bonkers this year. Instead of a couple of new models, they’ve been a flood of flat and SPD shoes for every conceivable niche. Here’s a quick peek at what’s new for 2012:

Danny MacAskill has a signature shoe! Five Ten have worked with the Scottish trials wünderkind to create something that’s a bit more than a shoe with a squiggly signature on it (although it has one of those) and it features an extra stiff sole, gel filled heel and a reinforced toe piece. The ‘Skye blue’ sole and detailing is quite nice too. Price is going to be £85…

The Maltese Falcon SPD shoe is aimed more at trail riders than the DH set, with a reinforced heel and velcro strap to help stop your foot moving about. The upper is again made from rubberised action leather, there’s a and the Stealth S1 sole with a more treaded and grippier pattern for extra traction when you’re off the bike.

This shoe isn’t a production model yet – but something very like it will be available at some point in late 2012. It’s called the Kestrel and it’s basically a higher end version of the current Maltese Falcon, using the same sole but with a carbon fibre shank. The yellowy-green webbing on the heel stiffens it up even more and the upper is a mix of action leather, ballistic nylon and synthetic materials. The ratchet strap is definitely going to be changed for a wider model though…

The Maltese Falcon and Kestrel both share the gripper and more treaded sole below…

The Cool Hwip (so named for the Family Guy sketch) is their newest high-end downhill biased SPD shoe. This model now has a thinner sole with improved clearance around the cleat which should make it easier to clip in and out. It’s also a good chunk lighter than before but it still uses a rubberised leather upper, raised around the inside ankle to prevent crank-arm based hurties. The lace cover flips out towards the front, attaching with two strips of velcro up the sides. Price is going to be £110…

If the Cool Hwip is a bit out of your price range then there’s also the Raven, which uses the same sole and nylon shank as it’s pricer brother, but with a synthetic leather upper and simpler one-piece lace cover. Price for this is going to be £90…

Here’s the sticky sole…

The lace cover pivots from the side – note the new, tougher laces and wrap-around tongue too…

All new for 2012 is the Spitfire Canvas,  still using the sticky Stealth sole but it’ll be a lot cheaper thanks to the canvas upper. There are going to be a load of colours but slightly purple shoe at the front is the women’s specific model, which will be available in sizes from a UK2.5 up to a UK7.5. The men’s versions will be from a 5.5 to a 13.

This is the Dirtbag, a casual skate shoe with non-marking sole…

The Dirtbag and Spitfire shoes also use a new, smaller dotted sole, which should stick to pedal studs even better – if you really needed it.

The Barons have been out for a bit but they’re worth mentioning here. It’s something like a combination of the robust upper of the original Impact, using a reinforced toe cap and heel along with a sole that’s a bit more like their casual options.

Hi top SPDs…

 

Here’s the Scofflaw – it’s a shoe specifically for fixie riders, with a totally flat section of the sole to make it easier to get your foot in and out of your toestraps…

 

This is a specific shoe for trail building, no less – gone are the need for a pair of rigger boots or your second best pair of trainers….

Plenty more to come….

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