Confused by Five Ten choices
+1 for Freerider Elements, really comfy and look good as well.Posted 5 months ago
The EPS are insulated and possibly more waterproof, just bought a pair although they’re too new to really compare yet. The EPS are definitely slightly smaller in size than the Elements which is probably due to the insulation.
Back on flat pedals and feeling good to not be clipped in again. But am only wearing old skate shoes with very flat and smooth soles. Have been thinking about investing in Five Tens for a while. A ride in the wet tonight and slippy feet was the final straw.
But the choice and crossover is confusing?
Which to go for (bearing in mind winter is coming):
I quite like the ‘style’ of the EPS boots. But do they limit ability to drop your heels?Posted 5 months agosubmarinedMember
The pro is a lighter, stiffer, better vented (read: less waterproof and cooler) shoe than the other freeriders.Posted 5 months ago
I’ve got EPS highs and really like them. They’re warm, fit well, are tough, but one thing they aren’t is waterproof. Pair them with some SealSkinz though and you’re sorted.
No problem with ‘dropping heels’ but it’s not something I consciously do. Looking at photos of me riding it appears I probably do though. I’ve been riding flats for 20 years though (mostly on skate shoes) and they definitely don’t cause me any flexibility issues compared to conventional low tops.redwoodsMember
I’ve got a pair of the XVIs. Super, super sticky soles (sometimes too much – so it’s tricky to shift your foot on the pedal) and so far so good with being pretty waterproof.Posted 5 months ago
I mostly bought them for the wider toe box though – definitely more roomy than others so great if you have a wide foot.mahaloSubscriber
I have the freerider pro’s and the EPS’s.
had a season out of each. EPS not as waterproof as id hoped but really warm. so warm i had to get something else for summer so got the Pro’s – they are really great. obvs not had too much exposure to cold and rain but they feel very light, comfy and super stable. no doubt ill be back in the EPS’s over the next few weeks….Posted 5 months agomarkshiresMember
I’ve got the freerider pros and the elements, there both great to ride in, the pros are a lot narrower and aren’t as chunky as the elements. There also a lot lighter. As for them been waterproof I’d say the elements are slightly better but riding for a few hours in the rain they end up wet through as do the pros. The drying times on the pros a probably slightly quicker but they do have less foam. They both are ok in the rain when paired with some waterproof socks though. I’d say the elements are a lot warmer to ride in but I haven’t tried them in cold conditions when warmth is needed. For me the difference I prefer my pros as they aren’t as chunky and lighter but I guess this is personal preference. By the way I got the pros price match by Evans with canyon if it’s any help.Posted 5 months agoceepersSubscriber
i have these
don’t see many around but theyre good. Sole is full dots, not quite as sticky as the original freeriders but plenty grippy. lacecvover and lack of mesh means they keep most water out in the winter esp with waterproof socks. much warmer than the mesh freeriders tooPosted 5 months agoHob NobMember
In my experience:
Freeriders are pretty flexy after a bit of use. Tend to work well though. Normal fit.
Freerider Contact. Stupid sole with no grip – also the sole falls off in super fast time. Avoid.
Freerider Pro. Probably the best shoe in the range IMO. Light, dries quick, well vented so less sweaty feet. Grip is good, sole is also stitched on, so durable too.
Impact VXi. I’ve run these for years. Great shoe & mega grippy. Sole is fragile though so get some gorilla glue & get used to sticking them back together. I’ve got some 3 year old ones which I have as spares, the sole is ravaged yet they are significantly more grippy still than any other brand of shoes on the market.
They would still be my number one choice if the sole lasted longer without me having to glue them back together.
Impact Sam Hill – Probably great, but just remind me of the old Impacts – they big, clumpy & heavy.Posted 5 months agomilky1980Member
I’ve got a pair of the VXi’s and some Freerider Elements, the VXi’s are my go-to shoe for everything. They just work with loads of grip and they dry out faster too. The Elements are fine but the VXi’s grip better, are more comfy and stay warmer when wet (they don’t self-bail so the water round your feet warms up whereas the Elements slowly drain then refill so stay cooler on really wet days). Both dry out quickly after a full soaking but then I have a shoe dryer machine so that helps! The VXi’s take 2hrs from fully soaked, same as my AM41’s used to but the Elements take an extra 30 mins or so.
As for the comments about the soles not lasting, both 5.10’s have lasted longer than my previous AM41’s used to. No separation of the soles and the uppers are looking near-new when I wash them.Posted 5 months agobigblokeMembersofaboy73Member
Had 3 pairs of the VXi’s – first ones only lasted a few months before the rubber started to delaminate form the sole, apparently a known issue when they first came out and replaced under warranty. replacements lasted about 2.5 years before the rubber cut up enough to think about replacing (but still use them as spares). most recent ones are 6 months old now with no issues what so ever.
uppers are virtually indestructible, dry a lot quicker than the old ones, don’t fall apart after repeatedly getting wet, light weight, brilliant grip and great toe box protection. would happily buy another pairPosted 5 months agoa11ySubscriber
I forgot about those Adidas – bookmarked them a while back.
Really like the idea of these with the ankle cuff to stop debris getting in: http://m.adidas.co.uk/terrex-trailcross-protect-shoes/BB4772.html?cm_mmc=AdieSEM_PLA_Google-_-GS-OPT-UK-Categories-Branded-_-BRANDED+-+Outdoor-_-PRODUCT+GROUP&cm_mmca1=UK&cm_mmca2=&71700000021396387&ds_agid=58700002198096399&gclid=Cj0KCQjwruPNBRCKARIsAEYNXIi0Qtt3gDEFM4Cwjtznlla4f1_A_gHkWvEdKtP-GRsg__YB-y_CibkaAhdrEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CO2Cyf3motYCFWeC7QodNgUEHwPosted 5 months ago
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