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Five Ten Impact Pro - Women's Review

The Impact Pros are great for a downhill-specific rider, as they provide tons of protection and grip.
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Price:  $160 List | $128.00 at Amazon
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Pros:  Grip, protection, durability
Cons:  Bulky, hot, not good for all mountain riding
Manufacturer:   Adidas Five Ten
By Bo Outland ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 3, 2019
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  • Comfort and Protection - 25% 9
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Our Verdict

The Five Ten Impact Pros genuinely live up to their name. These are by far the heaviest shoe weighing in at 986 grams, but provide a tremendous amount of protection. Five Ten uses their signature Stealth1 rubber on the sole to create unbeatable grip. A continuous dot pattern lines the sole of the shoe with two differences; they made the space in between the dots deeper and varied the sizes of the dots. The weight of the shoe allows for foot adjustment on the pedal (while down-hilling) despite the super sticky rubber and deep dot tread. On the toe box, Five Ten used Poron foam (a shock-absorbing foam) to create even more protection. On the upper is a fully synthetic material, allowing for a quick drying time. The downfall of this shoe is lack of breathability and versatility, their weight, and a high price tag. Our reviewers find this shoe to be very hot on long rides, and the added foot weight was a disadvantage when having to walk the bike. However, if you're looking for a downhill-specific shoe, this is the one for you!


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Pros Grip, protection, durabilityLightweight, balanced grip, great protectionInexpensive, offers a lot of protection, balanced gripInexpensive, breathableBreathable, Stealth rubber
Cons Bulky, hot, not good for all mountain ridingExpensive, durabilityNot 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 Impact Pros are great for a downhill-specific rider, as they provide tons of protection and grip.The Freerider Pros are a great mountain biking shoe for any type of riding. They have balance, grip and offer a ton of protection.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 Impact Pro - Women's Five Ten Freerider Pro Livewire Five Ten Freerider - Women's Five Ten Freerider Contact
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Specs Five Ten Impact... Five Ten Freerider... Livewire Five Ten Freerider... Five Ten Freerider...
Measured Weight (g) 986 grams 625 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 S1 Stealth Phantom 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

The Impact Pros have won our Top Pick award because they are an awesome shoe for someone who rides down-hill trails explicitly. These shoes are packed with tons of protection on the toe, heel, ankle, and underneath your foot. They also feature with Five Ten's custom Stealth 1 rubber and varied dot pattern — all that matched with the weight make the grip exceptional.

Performance Comparison

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Seeing how the Five Ten Impact Pros (shown in blue below) stacked up against the competition, it is clear to see why this product won our Top Pick award.

Five Ten Impact Pros weight help us keep our foot on the pedal in the air.
Five Ten Impact Pros weight help us keep our foot on the pedal in the air.

Grip


The depth of the lugs on the Five Ten Impact Pros is the deepest of any shoes we tried. The lugs have varied sizes so that the pins can fit on the pedal nice and neatly. The depth is a change from their original Five Ten Impact — which had only one size lug. The lug depth with Five Ten's signature Stealth 1 rubber makes your foot stick to the pedal like velcro, and we genuinely mean it will not move. For this reason, this is not your all-mountain riding shoe. We tried to do steep technical climbing and found that if your foot gets misplaced at all, you have to stop completely to readjust — not suitable for your uphill momentum.


However, if you are exclusively a downhill or enduro-rider, you will fall involve with the grip this shoe has to offer. When we took it downhill, our foot did not budge, making us feel extremely safe no matter how hard we were sending it!

The varied dot pattern on the soles with the depth of the lugs make for ultimate pedal grip!
The varied dot pattern on the soles with the depth of the lugs make for ultimate pedal grip!

Are you new to mountain biking and unsure of what kind of riding you like to do? We recommend starting with a less specific shoe (like the Ride Concepts Livewire) that will hold up on many different types of trails. This will give you time to decide what kind of riding suits your fancy.

Comfort and Protection


Protection is what the Impact Pros are built for, and the reason this shoe is so heavy. The sole of the shoe is large and felt similar to orthopedic shoes when we first put them on. However, after having to run out some falls, we experienced the thick sole's ability to be able to take some impact. The midsole of the shoe is comprised of polyurethane, which provides some flexibility with lots of protection.


Even with excellent grip  it is important to have a shoe with lots of protection for falls like this.
Even with excellent grip, it is important to have a shoe with lots of protection for falls like this.

These shoes do run a bit large, and there is plenty of room in the toe box. They felt like they had the most volume inside of any of the shoes we tried. For the type of riding these shoes are made for, having a lot of room is perfect since it is better to wear thick socks to help with impact. We also, found the footbed to be quite comfortable because Five Ten uses Ortholite sock liners.

You can see the volume and padding in these shoes are plentiful.
You can see the volume and padding in these shoes are plentiful.

Rigidity and Power Transfer


The Impact Pros are the most rigid shoes we tested, but the rigidity is purposeful as it is better to have a stiff shoe when exclusively biking downhill.


A more rigid shoe provides more protection, especially if you are landing on your feet, trying something risky. While they are a rigid shoe, we didn't feel like they were overly rigid as we could still feel the pedal underfoot. The only time we felt this shoe was too rigid was when we took it on a long cross-country ride.

Impact Pros have a lot of protection without sacrificing flexibility. Making it easy to feel the pedal underfoot.
Impact Pros have a lot of protection without sacrificing flexibility. Making it easy to feel the pedal underfoot.

Breathability


The material on the outside of the Impacts is synthetic, weather-resistant, micro-perforated, and closed-cell, resulting in a not so breathable shoe. However, the non-breathable material makes these shoes super waterproof/fast drying if you are riding in the rain or wet terrain.


We took these shoes on a 20-mile ride in 80-degree weather (just to see what would happen) and found them to be scorching. We preferred a more lightweight shoe for our long cross-country days like Five-Ten Free Ride Pros or Ride Concepts Livewire.

Five Ten Impact Pros after a long hot day of riding!
Five Ten Impact Pros after a long hot day of riding!

Durability


At the cost of rigidity, breathability, and weight, Five Ten created an extremely durable shoe, which is what we expect out of a downhill-specific shoe. Hitting trees, rocks, and having the bike fall on you are all common occurrences when mountain biking, and we need a shoe that can withstand a beating. The toe features Poron foam, making it super strong; if you hit the toe with a hammer, it will hardly leave a scratch.


There was slight scarring on the sole from the pegs on the pedal, but this is a reasonable compromise for excellent grip.

See how the Five Ten shoes differ from each other! From left to right Freerider Pro  Impact Pro  Freerider  and Freerider Contact.
See how the Five Ten shoes differ from each other! From left to right Freerider Pro, Impact Pro, Freerider, and Freerider Contact.

Weight


There's no doubt about these being heavy shoes; they are the heaviest we tried, weighing 938 grams. However, the Impact Pros were created to be sleeker and lighter than the original version Five Ten Impacts, which weighed 1,100 grams.


And while they are heavy, they are a particular shoe for a specific type of riding, and the reason why they won our Top-Pick award.

Value


While the Impact Pros are on the more pricey side of the shoes we tried, the price is worth the protection they offer your feet! These shoes are unlike any that we tried because of their unbeatable grip and protection.

Conclusion


Yes, the Five Ten Impact Pros are the heaviest shoes we tried, but they are also the most durable and protective of the contenders in our review. These are perfect for someone who specifically does downhill or enduro-style riding due to Five Ten's technology for protecting your feet.


Bo Outland