Interbike 2013: FiveTen Shoes

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How fortunate for FiveTen that its Greg Minnaar-designed shoe has just come out in time to help him celebrate his World Championships win in South Africa. The Impact VXi Clipless is pitched as being the ‘the highest performing, most protective and lightest DH specific shoe on the morket’


Key features of this shoe are listed as ‘13% lighter’ – than what, it doesn’t state… The sole has Stealth MI6 rubber (the sole design was still being finalised, so we weren’t allowed pics of the underneath, but there’s a Stealth dotty heel and a smooth mid-foot with more dots at the toe. The shoes are 500g each, which isn’t super-light compared to regular trail shoes. And the show is claimed to ‘dry overnight’ which is another claim that we could do with a little more understanding of. Anyway, it comes in all black or this black and red version.

Sticky and Stealthy

And now for something completely different. This is a variation on the classic Freerider Five Ten shoe, only it features a completely slick forefoot for more precise positioning (as you’re not hindered by where the dots are). And, film fans, the Mi6 rubber compound was developed for Tom Cruise and the Mission Impossible film franchise. Well I never!

Everyone loves a freerider.


Now even smoother.

And here’s the new Five Ten Impact. Designed with the help of Sam Hill and Brook Macdonald, the outsole is claimed to have 50% more shock absorption and dampening than any other shoe on the market. The new upper has been slimmed down, saving 20% of the weight (now 360g a shoe). There’s also a new quick-dry hydrophobic upper that ‘dries overnight’. This we will have to see!

The new Impact VXI


Bobble, bobble, bobble.



Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (4)

    5.10 lost any future business they may have had from me when they decided to release shoes designed for bull running.
    Way to be part of the 21st century guys.

    /\/\ cue STW readers wondering of to search for bull running shoes

    Like the black impacts…big no no for the minaars tho

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