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
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.
Some stores you can buy it from:
Kan kjøpes her:
Norwegian stores:,Norske butikker.
Can be bought here:
https://www.bike24.de/1.php?content=8;product=185863;menu=1000,18,58 (does not ship to all countries)
https://www.bike24.de/p1185877.html (does not ship to all countries)