Review: Adidas FIVE TEN Freerider Pro

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This review featured as part of the Kit Essentials grouptest in issue 142 of Singletrack World. Predictable winner that still has few real rivals Price: £130.00From: adidas.co.ukTested By: BenjiThe Pro version of the iconic Five Ten Freerider is a very different beast to the regular Freerider. The Pro is not just a canvas mesh skate shoe with fancy Stealth rubber for the sole – it has a much more sophisticated midsole as well as fancier upper material. The Pro version is quite a bit more expensive than the regular Freerider, but arguably it’s the latter that is expensive (£90) for what it is. The Freerider Pro has been the gold standard for flat pedal shoes since it came out. It shows up how basic the basic Freerider is, and shows how beefy the Impact Pro is. The Freerider Pro looks like a bit of flyweight shoe, but in use it’s stiffer and more positive feeling than you might expect. And yet, it still offers excellent pedal feel and adhesion. That said, the Pro version doesn’t perhaps offer quite as much pedal feel as the standard (thinner sole) Freerider, so jibbers and jumpers should arguably stay with those. But for the vast majority of mountain bikers, the Freerider Pro is the way to go due to its shock-absorbing midsole and overall better durability. The fancy uppers are made from a fabric that is impressively rufty-tufty and filth-resistant (even in the Parley Primeblue recycled ocean plastic option that Hannah has). The decent...

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