Best grippy flat shoes ?
Needing some flat pedal specific shoes, for mess around days (as i more often ride clipped in).
Sticky, jumpable, with a little bottom grip/tread would be good. Don’t mind the price so much, it’s more about the performance.
I’ve got wide feet, and would like something that ‘could’ look OK off the bike too. I’m not a teenager, so something a little more classic, over Monster Energy style.
Five Ten’s? like these are looking the likely item.
What are people riding in?Posted 4 years agoagentdagnamitMember
lardman – I’ve just used Vxi Elements for a week in the Lakes, they definitely dont get as sodden as Impacts and dry out quicker. Dont go thinking they are waterproof in any way though.
They also have zero grip, absolutely none at all, on wet grass and mud, so careful on hike a bike sections. However, they do grip well to rock (as you’d expect with those soles).
Overall, I’m pleased with them, but I wouldnt say they are noticeably more grippy on the bike than Impacts etc.Posted 4 years agorazorrazooMember
you say the ‘usual’ sponge effect….?
Is this a problem with 5 10’s any more so than another brand then?
To be honest I’d say it is more a skate type shoe effect than 5/10 specifically, I’ve had the same issue with all the flat soled skate style shoes I’ve had. These type of shoes are designed with more padding than a clipless MTB shoe and the padding soaks up more water. I suppose as riding flat pedals became more popular with trail riders those swapping over from their more water resistant / quicker drying shoes were surprised by the water retention properties and subsequent drying time. As 5/10s were the go to grippy shoe at the time (more brands have come into the market since) they were probably more common and as such it became the 5/10 in the wet issue. Bear in mind a few years ago the 5/10s resembled huge clumpy boots with even more padding than now.
Personally I don’t go on epic wet rides and for the most part been a flats rider so am just used to the nuances of the shoes and have never really had an issue.Posted 4 years agolornholioMember
Why do folk always try and recommend anything BUT 5-10s in these discussions?
Looks, pretty much. I’m not saying looks are the most important thing, but I really can’t stand the look of 5.10s, or most bike gear with the motocross look, massive logos, clashing colours, etc. If I can get something at a similar price, comfort and performance but a more pleasing look then I’ll always take it.
Just my opinion.Posted 4 years agosharkattackMember
Currently running some of these on some Vault pedals.
I’ve had my share of 5:10’s and in my opinion they’re the single most over hyped and under performing bike product of the last decade. Hideously ugly, very badly made and just generally not nice to wear. The magical sole is like snake oil as well.
I listened to some old age mincer at a trail centre telling me how he couldn’t jump until his super-sticky 5:10’s helped him clear all the 6 foot table tops in the skills park as if people haven’t been jumping around on bikes for 30 years with no help from stupid shoes. I’m just sick of the sight of them!
Any decent flat shoes with good pedals will do the trick.Posted 4 years agoesher shoreMember
Had numerous pairs of vans, etnies, airwalk,lotek, orchid, DC and 3 pairs of 5-10 (sam hill v1, sam hill v2, karvers).
Been riding and racing flats for years on bmx, free ride, downhill and trail. Have also used SPD since 1992 and still use SPD on commuter bike and spd-sl on road bike so not anti clipless!
Nothing comes close to 5-10 for MTB. Grip, efficient pedalling, feet protection and resistance to dirt/wet which kills skate shoes.
Only exception is for dirtjump or pump track where bmx shoes allow more free movement on pedals, 5-10 too grippy for that style of riding..Posted 4 years agobradleyMember
I cant believe people pay £60 for a pair of shoes to ride in? :s
I just buy a pair of DCs from TkMaxx in whatever colour scheme they have in stock and ride away. They are perfectly adequate for me (your average rider into everything) and I dont think I could allow myself to pay £60 for something where im not gonna know the difference. I can get 4 pairs from TkMaxx for £60 and im still on my first pair…1 year old.Posted 4 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
I’ve tried the main ones and I like Teva links the best. Stiff sole, dry ok, last great and are more than grippy enough for me. Also their laces just don’t come undone ever, how does that work?!Posted 4 years ago
Shimanos were good but soles didn’t last as long. Now when I go back to them I find the standard soles too soft and I’ve lost the stiffer inserts. All of mine the soles fell off eventually. It’s actually almost impossible to walk when that happens 🙂
5:10s I haven’t used for ages. They were a bit grippy for my tastes. Took forever to dry and fell apart a bit. New ones might be better, I don’t know.
I’ve just bought two sets of tevas to get me through the season.
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