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.