The Freerider Contact is touted as the shoe for "epic long rides" by Five Ten. After putting these babies to the test, that's exactly what we found. As our Editors' Choice, the Freerider Contact scored high marks in nearly every category: grip, comfort, power transfer, weight, breathability, and durability, though less in the last category. Keeping you attached to your pedals is crucial to a flat bike shoe's success and these won't let you down. While Five Ten shoes are well known for their Stealth sticky dot rubber soles, the soles are a bit of a departure from the standard construction with the new Stealth Mi6 treadless Contact Outsole. The real decision is whether you should get these or the Five Ten Freerider Pro. The pro is more durable, a little stiffer, and looks better around town (we use the Pro as our everyday shoes). The Contact is a little stickier and has better cushion. Both are awesome.
The newer Mi6 rubber has a softer consistency and provides better grip and cushioning versus the standard Stealth rubber. This does come with some tradeoffs; durability is not as high as for other shoes in our test, most notably the Five Ten Impact VXi and Shimano AM7. Sandwiched between the outsole and upper is a stiffened midsole with a beefy abrasion-resistant upper.
To aid the Freerider Contacts in racking up the miles, Five Ten kept the weight as low as the lightest shoe in the renowned Freerider line. For a more budget-friendly ($50 savings) and casual option, check out our Best Buy-Winning Five Ten Freerider. There is also the Freerider Pro, which is our favorite "quiver of one shoe", meaning it does just about everything on the bike and still looks great around town. But, note the neither the Freerider Pro nor the Freerider is as protective or high-performing as the Freerider Contact.