I struggled with wrist misalignment, in both of my wrists, my arm would drop down the wrist, or hand up, this caused issues with braking, as I lost range of movement when that happen, and i missed corners, but good I had brakes that worked to safely stop, even it was bit late and I could not keep a good line.
But some times my wrists would just come up and down, without any pain, or lost of movement, but it was annoying, but sometimes it could misaligned and hurt.
The wrist support helped to reduce these issues, It doesn’t eliminated misalignment completely, but it does reduce it massively, I still get some slight misalignment, but I haven’t gotten any huge movements issues with braking, it’s been a great help.
I use all of the provided plates on both of the braces.
Here are reviews by others:
I won’t repeat evry thing others mentioned, so watch and read other reviews.
I have been using 2 pairs of these goggles for since winter 2016 to April 2018.
Some words about the brand:
100% is a well-known brand in the motocross community & the past years more and more knowledge in the Mountain bike community.These goggles are made FullFace helmets like used in downhill and motocross.
If you use the tear-offs, in rain or humid weather, there will be fog between the lens and the tear-off. So in rain or humid conditions, I don’t use the tear-offs because of this.
does not obstruct the view, you might barely notice them, or not at all.
I think it’s easy to change lenses, but not too easy like with Adidas Pinner googles.
It to change lenses in a hurry while out riding because they are so secured so well, but for me, this is this is not a con, you do not wave to worry about the lenses falling off.
the triple layer foam & the vents make sure you don’t overheat and/or get soaked of sweat. The difference between the Adidas Pinner and 100% Racecraft is huge, soaked versus dry or almost dry to slightly moist foam in 25 Celsius, and soaked vs slight moist in not so hot days. But the sweat travels through to the Grey layer and if it’s much it can drip some.
even after 4 weeks of summer riding the foam did not stink, this was done to test it, But I have been cleaning them at a regular basis, and swapping to fresh pair when the washed goggle was drying.
The foam is well glued, and the durability of the foam is much better than the Adidas Pinner google has, none of the foam peeled off.
good FOV/field of view
the lens will stay on even if you are rough with the goggles.
The rubberised strap works well, I use a 2015 Mavic notch & Fox Rampage Pro Carbon helmet, and it never slipped off.
The tear-off system actually work, unlike on the Adidas Pinner goggles.,the plugs are the correct size, and the tear-fit tight so they won’t fall off. But I don’t use Tear-offs.
Nose guard, which is a must for me, I hit branches sometimes, which can be painful.
the nose guard sits snugly and won’t just fall off I had to replace it
Comes with 2 lenses
several colour choices.
the lens stays in place well.
the perfect shape on the top which will not leave a big gap between the goggle and the helmet which some goggles do, Adidas Pinner for example.
no replacement foam.
you can lose the nose guard without even noticing it, which I did with one of the goggles, mine probably snapped out when I took them off or a branch hit them, who knows.
the extra lens got an anti-scratch sticker on it which needs to be removed, but one of the lenses that came with one of the 2 goggles I got left glue residue, so you should clean it off.
After a long time of use they showed signs of wear:
The summer of 2017 the foam got a little bit torn, which is not surprising after so much use I put them trough.
then some of the white parts have been discoloured, with a red tint, the same goes for the foam, why this happens I don’t know, it might be a reaction to sunlight or temperature, or something else, I am not sure.
and the strap has been stretched by few cms.
used to failure:
April 2018 the plastic part on one of the two goggles on the strap failed, this resulted in the stram loosening up, The difference in wear was probably due to me using one goggle more than the other, but both goggles had on the sticky strips, they had cracked, and did not grip as well as when the goggles were new.
The strap arms were starting to separate from the goggle frame, which could be fixed with glue, but for me it’s easier to just buy new goggle instead of doing a DIY repair job, I am surer someone could do it.
The nose guard I replaced also showed signs of wear, the paint was peeling off.
This is a decent google, but It would be nice it had replaceable foam, but if you have the skills you can repair them with aftermarket foam, if needed, if the foam separates from the goggle, you can glue it together if you got the right glue.
I have used these shoes for one winter and few wet summer & spring days.
The shoe is flexible the right way(up) but not too flexible, but won’t bend down(very important if you ride hard & ride on gnarly trails and jump, this result in a shoe that is very comfortable to walk in, the Impact shoes much stiffer, but they are still quite comfortable to walk in, I even played soccer with them once, but definitely not ideal for that use, obvious reasons.
Feel & comfort.
But the Freerider ESP is comfortable when running, the sole bends as much as running shoes upwards, I think the Freerider shoe is a well thought out shoe.
I can feel the surface I walk on & the pedals, without any discomfort, which gives me a good feel of what the bike is doing & this is a good thing for walking up things you can’t ride over/on.
I have seen reviews of this shoe, saying that they will not be so warm on very cold days, but I assume they did not wear wool sock, Like I do, I have not had any issues with cold feet with these shoes. of course there is a limit to the isolation,I wear size 44, and there is room for 2 pairs of wool socks.
I have used the Freerider esp down to -11 Celsius, with 2 pairs wool socks, I stayed warm.
The laces don’t wear out after months of use they are like new, unlike the 2015 Impact shoes.
The long tongue that extends higher than the shoe itself.
Very easy to tie and untie, when tying the laces, i bend my legs down and tie the shoe, with few millimetre of room between the laces and the tongue, which gives perfect tightness,without Hurting , and when doing it this way I know it’s going to be right, if I do it this way, I can tuck the laces on to the side.
the shoelaces don’t untie if you tighten them properly.
Easy to take off, the tongue won’t restricts you from taking the shoes on and off fast.
The Tongue stays in place.
waterproof, water won’t come in, unless it gets in the upper part of the shoe or your socks.
the tip of the shoe is stiff, I hit some hard surfaces, few times and I did not even feel it.
But there was no big wear or damage on the shoe, the outer sole failed before this would happen, but FiveTen offer replacement soles, on their site, but I have not seen it in any shop yet. http://www.fiveten.com/us/accessories?___SID=U
Water can come in where the fabric mesh is. friction damage caused by shoe touching the crank arm.
maybe reinforcing the shoe lace holes for more durability, other than this I can’t think of anything else, Time will tell how long this will last. But so far I did not have any issues with the holes for the laces.
could be as high as the summer version with leather higher up on the ankles, to provide better protection.
Wear update July 2017:
After 1 winter plus some wet summer weeks the outer sole gave up.
The inner sole was in pretty good condition, but the was a bit of wear in the big toe area, but once the soles wear out you can buy new ones.
autumn of 2017 I noticed some changes:
The shoes will outlast the outer soles, so getting replacement soles might be a good idea.
The Freerider ESP is the most comfortable winter shoes I have ever used, I have used winter boots and winter shoes from several brands, none of them can compare to Five Ten.
If you replace the outer sole & repair the wear on the fabric, you should be able to use these shoes at least 1 more winter, But I think they will last even longer if not abused too much.
So far it’s the only proper winter cycling flat/platform shoe.
I think the Freerider shoe is a well thought out shoe.
I have used these pads for a really long time now, over 2 year,The whole year, and I put them trough some hard crashes, and they protected me every time.
I was so satisfied with these, that I bought second pair as spare,So I always have clean protection, or if I damage one the other can be repaired.
When fabric has stretched:
When the rear fabric has stretched make sure you fix it, get it back to the correct measurements again so the pads fit as intended,which is important so they don’t slide around,So they give you maximum protection.
You have to use the right technique to put them on:
if the pad slides up its because you did not use the right technique to put them on,You should hold the top part with 2 hands and pull them up so all the fabric slides upwards keeping the pad low, and have to top part with the adjustment strap as high as possible, this way they say in place, I have the typical muscle legs and thighs, And I use size Medium and have worked perfectly, as long as I did put them on right. I also noticed that they will make noises as the pads are against each other, as for the discomfort,you should have the upper part as far up as you can,if it’s right under the knee it will not be comfy.
comfortable(if worn & put on correctly)
good fit, the upper is made like a joint, so the upper part stays n palace while the rest moves with your leg and knee. this work very well.
does not slide down
good protection on the side of the knee
good Velcro straps
no movement restrictions
size matches the size guide, not like 2015 products from Bliss
But of course you are gonna get bit warm, but the protection Poc’s pads give you is definitely worth it, but in the fall, winter this is not a con:-)
the weight,but I don’t care, if they protect me.
I think these pads are one of the best on the market right now
if you want durable,heavy duty protection these are a good option,if you ignore the fact they are sweaty to wear.
Sickline.com video in the Poc stand at Interbike 2014:
I have used these pads for several months, and I think they are good.
The Joint VPD 2.0 elbow offers much more secure fit than POC Joint VPD Air Elbow, because of the dual strap system.
When taking the pads on, make sure you have them high enough up your arm, to provide as secure fit as possible, if not the pad might slide off when you crash backward, I use the top adjustment strap to the max.
Very easy to put on and off.
I rode down a fast down a hill, and my elbow joint slipped, causing me to hit my elbow in a tree fast, it did not hurt.
Comfortable, does not restrict movement.
Dual strap, which I think is absolutely necessary with this kind of pads.
Durable, strong materials used & well stitched, so taking them on and of won’t wear them out.
if you damage the stitching, you can just sew it together, proper materials used
even thou the padding has ventilation holes, the pads are hot and sweaty.
Priority on protection.
Even thou the pads are hot and sweaty the protection the provide is definitely worth it, absolutely recommended.
Almost waterproof, the fabric part on the front and sides is waterproof(not tested with a pressure washer or firehose).
I have ridden these shoes in wet & winter conditions
ButIwanted to test it even further and up close, so I tested the 2016 FiveTen Impact high shoes,w ith water from the sink on full, the fabric part is waterproof
but the issue is the lip gives small gaps even when properly tight
so when the shoe moves there will be water there and come in.
so you will only get little bit wet in the worst wet conditions.
I got mine from chain reaction cycles,b ut the first time I tried i had to return them,t he stealth sole was not properly glued on,b ut the second time I received a shoe with properly glued sole,l ater I ordered Freerider ESP,F from Bikeshop.no and they were perfect:-)
the tongue stays in place, which makes the shoe more comfortable than the 2015 model.
better laces than 2015 model
the shoes only have holes for the laces in one place, unlike the 2015 model, which had fabric looks under the leather part and holes in the leather, but the 2016 model have holes that are reinforced with metal rings, which means there the issue with fast wearing laces is gone.
Even more durable than the 2015 model, the new design ahs strong fabric, so the issue with the side of the shoe wearing, won’t happen,
the sizing is the same as 2015.
Easy to tighten the laces, much easier than 2015 model, and re-lacing will be much easier if you need to, this is because of the big lace holes with metal rings.
apart from No reflective stripes or logos.
not 100% water proof, but pretty close, But if you need this Five Ten Freerider ESP got gutted tongue which offers 100% waterproofing, I have them and I love ’em. make sure the tongue is straight, and make sure you have it as tight as you can without causing discomfort when you want to ride in the wet/and or rain if you have not got the ESP shoes yet.
Is it worth upgrading if you got the 2015 model? Yes I think so,the improvements are significant, but Fiveten offers replacement soles so if you worn out your old shoes you can fix them later.
this is a good shoe even better than the 2015 model, I absolutely can recommend this shoe.all the pros of the 2015 and none of the cons.
I love FiveTen shoes, in my opinion they make the best mtb shoes on the market, but I see more brands releasing new platform shoes, but none of them can compete with FiveTen yet.
the main reasons I got these shoes is the protection it gives for the ankle, and use them all year and I can wear them over my rain pants.
Five Ten is probably the most used and well known flat shoes on the market.
as far as I know there is no other MTB shoe that gives you ankle protection, these shoes do not have any protection padding, it’s just that these shoes go over the ankle and are thick so will give protection against smashing your feet against stuff.
The only way to get wet in these shoes is if rains come through the shoe tongue or the top of the shoe-pants tucked into them. But if you don’t tighten the shoe laces properly you can get quite wet.
The venting holes don’t make any difference.
But I do not recommend standing too long in water where the tongue gets under, it will eventually soak up water& when you bend the shoe water will come between the tongue.
stiff sole but you are still able to walk in these shoes without any issues.
the stiffer sole makes my foot more stable and does not twist like with softer running shoes.
The leather on these shoes is durable.Even there are venting holes(that don’t really work).
the shoes will fit with high feet with fat toes.
Very durable outer sole After almost 6 months:
Very sticky sounds like you have jam under your shoes, but of course, on very wet and slippery or slimy roots and such, it will not help with anything no matter how good rubber you got.
good side protection around the whole shoe, but on the top of the shoe you will not get the same protection but if it had that it would probably be uncomfortable.
will protect your rear part fo your feet against the pedal bite.
Some design flaw which results in wear
I got water in the shoe o n a rainy day and soaked trails when the shoe whole was bent, even though the laces were tight.
Replacing laces is tricky if you use the original fabric loops, they are so tight and in such angle, it’s very tricky, that’s why I later just use the holes in the leather which is much easier to and will not wear the laces as fast.
waI had issues with the laces slip, they undo them self slowly, but after 15-10 minutes, but I later changed to some other shorter and grippy laces,b ut the new laces snapped too, which is caused by the fabric lace guides.
The tongue design result in the tongue sliding up to the side, the 2016 model has a standard tongue, where this is not an issue, but the tongue was still sliding up this way, this is a design flaw.
mine came with sticky glue , this only issue I had with these shoes, not really a issue because this has no effect on anything there is no necessary to have glue there at all.i have not returned them because really need these shoes.
I switched to shorter laces with more grip:
After almost 2 years of use:
here are the measurements of my foot.
So these shoes are actually a bit too long for my feet, but the width is perfect in size 44, so that why I did not go lower.
the size is very similar to Adidas running shoe sizes, or identical
I have been using these shoes both in + and – degrees, you will get bit sweaty and warm on hot days, But it’s worth the sacrifice for the protection and grip the shoe provides.
I have used the shoes in -6 degrees Celsius with wool socks, on a normal intensity ride, but for slow casual riding or commute you would need 2 socks.
Things to improve:
making the shoe lighter
side shoe vent material should be replaced, with leather or something wight similar strength.
If you want an all year all round shoe, these are a good choice, but buy new shoelaces, and you have the best MTB flat shoe in my opinion.
If you ride in trainers/running shoes then you are missing out big, the amount of grip these shoes give is good.the have to lift you your feet to move it on the pedal, it sticks so well, but of course walking on ice or wet surface you lose grip.
February 2016 update: some wear on the top on the side of the shoe where the shoe tongue goes. the sole wear is minimal.
I have ordered the 2016 model, but need to return them because of faulty glueing, but I will review these shoes after I have used them a while.
you will definitely feel the stitching,and and that you got the glove on but it its still a wearable glove
these gloves do not have a knuckle protection even it might look like they do for you.
the part of the glove that got camo on it wears fast, it will wear out when washed often,the colours will fade,the small venting holes will be bigger or rip apart.
Protection on the fingers and and padding on the palm and side, so you wont get scratched when you hit a tree,but if will not give you full protection its not like knee or elbow pads
The synthetic leather from the palm extends over the finger tips so the stitching won’t wear off or rip, and its comfortable,not like on the Mavic’s or Shimano gloves where the stitching came upward and under my finger nails.
special stitching with touch screen support,and it works well.
not very comfortable, but wear able, but if you want very comfy gloves these are not for you,You can clearly feel the seams
the hook and loop strap do wear out very fast, father Ca 2 month it worn out
the protection pads are bad, not like on the Poc Index DH Vpd 2.0, witch is my favourite glove so far.
the touch screen stitching began to wear.
the glued-on rubber is peeling off, but this is normal, you can’t glue rubber on fabric and expect to stay on.
the vent on the left long finger rip
I can’t recommend these gloves,the lack of comfort and durability makes this a Not recommend product.