Five Ten Impact Pro - Women's Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Grip, protection, durability
Cons: Bulky, hot, not good for all mountain riding
Manufacturer: Adidas Five Ten
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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.
Seeing how the Five Ten Impact Pros stacked up against the competition, it is clear to see why this product won our Top Pick award.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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