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Five Ten Freerider Pro - Women's Review

The Freerider Pros are a great mountain biking shoe for any type of riding. They have balance, grip and offer a ton of protection.
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:  $150 List | $149.90 at Competitive Cyclist
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Pros:  Lightweight, balanced grip, great protection
Cons:  Expensive, durability
Manufacturer:   Adidas Five Ten
By Bo Outland ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 3, 2019
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  • Grip - 30% 9
  • Comfort and Protection - 25% 9
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer - 20% 9
  • Breathability - 10% 9
  • Durability - 10% 6
  • Weight - 5% 9

Our Verdict

Five Ten Freerider Pros are the product of 30 plus years of research and development, and its shows. These are genuinely the most balanced pair of shoes we tried, which is why they have won our Editors' Choice award. Their grip was not too much to impair climbing but was enough to make us feel safe on heavily technical trails. When we first tried them on, we were unsure about their snug fit but found it helped with managing our bike. They are incredibly comfortable and made us feel completely in control of our pedal; while also providing lots of protection with Five Ten's Poron Foam. They were not so rigid that hiking our bike was difficult, but also not too flexible and potentially make our feet cramp on longs rides. We love that they're lightweight yet still provide ample amounts of protection. While they may not be the most durable shoe, it is a small price to pay for their unbeatable grip and versatility.


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Pros Lightweight, balanced grip, great protectionGrip, protection, durabilityInexpensive, offers a lot of protection, balanced gripInexpensive, breathableBreathable, Stealth rubber
Cons Expensive, durabilityBulky, hot, not good for all mountain ridingNot enough grip for very technical ridingLacks elastic strap for laces, longer break-in period, not the most durableNo elastic strap for laces, long break-in period, scarred easily
Bottom Line The Freerider Pros are a great mountain biking shoe for any type of riding. They have balance, grip and offer a ton of protection.The Impact Pros are great for a downhill-specific rider, as they provide tons of protection and grip.This is an exceptional flat pedal shoe for someone just starting their mountain bike adventures, especially for the price.These are the least expensive shoe we tried, and we could tell. Compared to other Five Ten shoes these have nothing special.We liked how breathable these shoes were. Expect a break-in period for the grip to become better.
Rating Categories Five Ten Freerider Pro Five Ten Impact Pro - Women's Livewire Five Ten Freerider - Women's Five Ten Freerider Contact
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Specs Five Ten Freerider... Five Ten Impact... Livewire Five Ten Freerider... Five Ten Freerider...
Measured Weight (g) 625 grams 986 grams 754 grams 770 grams 713 grams
Upper Material Synthetic Synthetic Synthetic, mesh Suede, mesh Synthetic
Footbed Ortholite Ortholite D30 High Impact Zone EVA EVA
Sole EVA EVA EVA EVA EVA
Outsole Stealth Phantom Stealth S1 Kinetics DST6.0 High Grip Stealth S1 Stealth Mi6
Size Tested 8.5 8.5 9 8.5 8.5

Our Analysis and Test Results

Five Ten Freerider Pros were our favorite pair of mountain biking shoes by far. They were perfectly balanced in almost every testing metric which is why they have won our Editors' Choice award!

Performance Comparison


Launching off a step-down at North Star on Five Ten Freerider Pros.
Launching off a step-down at North Star on Five Ten Freerider Pros.

Grip


If you are looking for a shoe more grippy than the Freerider Contact, but less aggressive grip than the Impact Pro, the Freerider Pro is your shoe. Similarly to the Impact Pros, the Freeride Pros feature Stealth Phantom rubber, making them ultra grippy. However, the lugs on them are wider circles with less depth, so if you need to make micro-adjustments, it isn't as difficult as it is with the Impact Pros.


The grip is perfectly balanced for days you want to do that long climb to earn your turns, or days you want to lap the lift at Northstar. You can easily make micro-adjustment of your feet if you place your foot incorrectly, which we love.

The wid dot pattern plus stealth rubber allows for a very versatile shoe great for any type of riding.
The wid dot pattern plus stealth rubber allows for a very versatile shoe great for any type of riding.

Comfort and Protection


The fit of the Freerider Pros is narrower than the Impact Pros, and we were unsure about how we felt when we first tried them on. However, we were in love with the support we felt after the first ride. The snug tight, glove-like feel, made us fully trust the grip of the pedal underfoot. And in the end, we think they are the most comfortable of all the shoes we tried.


Similar to the Impact Pros, the toe box features Poron Foam, which hardens on impact. Having that extra protection on the toe made us feel safe, and after hitting a couple of rocks, we found that the shield did work. However, the volume of the shoe is not as deep as the impact pros, so our ankles did feel a little unprotected in comparison.

Freerider Pros have tons of traction even for the technical stuff.
Freerider Pros have tons of traction even for the technical stuff.

The fit of these shoes was utterly true to size-- so you do not have to worry about ordering a size up or down from what you usually wear.

Rigidity and Power Transfer


The sole of the shoe is perfectly balanced between rigidity and flexibility. Five Ten was still able to pack in a ton of protection between the sole and foot; providing a ton of protection if you do have to land on your feet.


The added flexibility is necessary because your feet will less likely cramp up when you go on long rides. The midsole features a medium flex EVA which is pretty standard amongst most mountain biking shoes and even most running shoes. What is varied is the thickness and flexibility of the midsole. With a medium flex EVA, we found was perfect for all-mountain shoes.

Riding a Livewire berm during the LiveWire Classic wearing Five Ten Freerider Pros.
Riding a Livewire berm during the LiveWire Classic wearing Five Ten Freerider Pros.

Breathability


Freeride pros are the most breathable shoe we tested. They felt as though they could keep us warm on colder days, but we never felt like our shoes were saunas for those hot days and long rides.


We love the low profile look of the Five Ten Freerider Pros. They are lightweight and perfect for a hot day on the mountain
We love the low profile look of the Five Ten Freerider Pros. They are lightweight and perfect for a hot day on the mountain

Durability


Lightweight shoes sometimes come with the cost of durability, and we think this may be the case with Freerider Pros. The rubber on the sole is somewhat thin, and we found that the pegs on our pedal scarred the bottoms quickly.


This is a price we pay for unbeatable grip. In previous versions of Five Ten shoes, there has been a problem with de-lamination, which is when the layers of rubber separate permanently. Five Ten claims to have fixed this problem with their new generation of Five Ten Shoes, and we couldn't find anyone online or any of our testers who found this occurrence with this shoe.

Weight


We love the weight of these shoes. They are only the second lightest shoe we tried weighing only 25 grams more than the Bontrager Flatline, but offering way more grip and protection than those shoes.


Five Ten did a great job of finding the balance of performance and weight with these shoes. They are not as durable as the Impact Pros, but they offer almost as much protection with a lot more versatility.

Value


While these shoes are a higher price point than most of the shoes we tested, we think the performance level is worthy of the price. The only downfall is that if you are an aggressive rider, these might be a pair of shoes that wear out quickly. And in that case, we recommend going with the Five Ten Impact Pros. However, if you are a versatile rider, these are the shoes for you.

Conclusion


Do you like flowy tracks with some climbing, but also live for the downhill? These are the shoes for you! These are great shoes for someone who loves everything mountain biking has to offer as they have balanced grip, comfort, protection, and breathability without weighing your feet down too much.

Love how lightweight Five Ten Freerider Pro's are! They are great for hot days.
Love how lightweight Five Ten Freerider Pro's are! They are great for hot days.


Bo Outland