- Which shoes are best for Flat pedals
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Happy reading.Posted 5 years agozerocoolMember
5-10 are more grippy than any other flat shoe on the market by far. Other brands rely on their solle material AND the tread whereas 5-10s are unbelievably grippy regardless of the pattern. I know people using their trail running shoes, free ride shoes, hill walking boots as well as bike specific ones and they beat the competition by a long shot. I’ve owned/own 2 pairs of Impacts (both died this supper after 6 and 7 years abuse, a pair of Sam Hills (new) and a pair of Minaar SPDs and all are so grippy. I have dabbled with Vans, Shimano, 661 and Helly Hansen and always come backPosted 5 years agochvckMember
I use 5-10s and just to give a bit of balance I do find that they have 2 downsides. 1 – They NEVER dry out. 2 – As stupid as it sounds they can be too grippy, sometimes they do get bumped about a bit and you can find yourself in a tricky situation where your feet are absolutely not where you want and you can’t get them back as they wont move on the pedals. Still think mine are ace but they were a gift and I’m not sure I would be able to justify the price if I was buying myself.Posted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Thing about Vans (and all skate shoes) is, they’re not all the same. Some of them are pretty crap for riding, some are very good. My ancient Bricks were fantastic, my new Baxters are pretty rotten. And I guess the same applies for approach shoes, outdoor trainers, etc- some will be good, some bad.
The advantage of “proper” cycling shoes is mainly getting away from that IMO, you know you’ll get something suitable.
AM40s were my favourites, but they’re discontinued now. Pretty happy with my 5 10 Freeriders, they’re far better made than my old Impacts were, and adding half a bottle of shoe waterproofer has made them work pretty well.
(they may have improved the Impacts now, but mine were terrible- grippy, but built like a cross between a £10 Tesco shoe and a sponge. The Basics were similiar but at least didn’t soak up as much water)Posted 5 years agoandymc06Member
No mixed reviews from the “experts”. The Five Ten Impact Lo 2 consistently scores 9 or 10 out of 10 in reviews and wins flat shoes group tests every time. I personally would prefer if they were lighter and soaked up less water but they are so comfortable and planted when riding I can get past that. I recently caught my foot on a rogue stump and I am sure the tough toe box on my Impact’s saved me from a nasty injury. Each to there own mind, some would rather have a lighter shoe an sacrifice a bit of protection.Posted 5 years agoesher shoreMember
5-10 Sam Hills or 5-10 Impact II every time for trail riding, have been using both of these for some seasons and find them very very good, no problems with grip, wet weather or pedalling efficiency on my mountain bike
I use Shimano 520 MTN SPD on my commuter and Shimano 105 Road SPD on my road bike as a comparison
would recommend skate shoes like vans / etnies / orchid, etc. for dirt jumping and “freeride” when you need to move your feet more freely about on the pedals; however for trail riding these shoes can lack toe / heel protection and feel very flexible under power promoting cramping in the foot
be aware that within the skate shoes brands, they offer several levels of shoe stiffness, often called “tech” for the stiffer soles or “natural” for the more flexible soles, they are not all the same as skateboarders and bmx riders have definite ideas about what they want from their shoes, and the brands have adjusted their offerings, accordinglyPosted 5 years ago
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