Five Ten Freerider high Long-term review Revised with videos

24 april 2019 I updated,revised the review & on 21.05.2019 I added videos comparing the shoes right out of the box to used shoes.

I have updated the review with pictures and video showing the wear and how fast they wore, and compared the worn and new shoes.

These shoes are clearly summer shoes, the shoes have venting holes on the top in the front & on the sides, which work great, I can feel the wind blowing through.

The outer sole is the same as on the ESP version, with the same trusted S1 rubber.

The Freerider is a quite breathable & lightweight shoe, they are higher over the ankle than the EPS version.
from the left: Impact high, Freerider, Freerider EPS
Freerider EPS & Freerider

They have differences but they have the same fit.

Five Ten Impact High Vs Five Ten freerider high_0086

The Impact has much higher mid sole.

from the left: Impact high, Freerider, Freerider EPS

Five Ten freerider high_0053
Five Ten freerider high_0042

Feel & comfort.

Five Ten Freerider Noir_5110

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 if you can’t ride over/on.

in the video below you can see how these shoes are when walking.

Five Ten freerider high_0091

August 2018 the shoes were worn out.

When these shoes wore out, I got new shoes of the same model.

Here you can see the new and worn out sole compared to the new sole.

Used Vs new Five Ten Freerider_0046
Used Vs new Five Ten Freerider_0041
Used Vs new Five Ten Freerider_0028

A Closer look at the wear at the ball of the foot:

Five Ten Freerider High Noir August 2018 wear sole damage_4030
Five Ten Freerider High Noir August 2018 wear sole damage_4033
Five Ten Freerider High Noir August 2018 wear sole damage_4020crop
Used Vs new Five Ten Freerider_0049
Five Ten Freerider High Noir August 2018 wear Rear damage_4006

Because my feet misalign, I pop them back in place using the pedal this is causing wear on the rear of the shoes. I might need to get ankle supports to keep my feet more stable.

Five Ten Freerider High Noir August 2018 wear_4017edit
Five Ten Freerider High Noir August 2018 wear_4036

The wear here is probably due to friction between the tongue & the sides of the shoe, and the the wear on the sides is probably a combo of the pads and the tongue.

Five Ten Freerider High Noir August 2018 wear_4039

New shoe on the left and worn shoe on the right

Used Vs new Five Ten Freerider_0033

You can look at the video below and see the wear it had.

Pros:

  • The laces don’t wear out after months of use they are like new, unlike the 2015 Impact shoes.
  • 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.
  • good fit, enough room for big toes.

Freerider ESP review

Verdict:

Recommended, but could be improved, like the durability of the sole, and spare soles would be nice, if you could glue new sole, and make the shoe stiff enough and in right shape again, but I am not sure how good it would be with just getting new rubber on.

But there are more options on the market now, which I haven’t tried yet. for example Unpararell & Ride Consepts but at the time Five Ten Freerider were the only choice for me, and still is Because I needed high top riding shoe, because I wanted to protect the rear of my foot ankles from pedal strikes and scraping my feet on things.

Other reviews: https://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Flat-Pedal-Shoes,60/Five-Ten/Freerider-High,18618#product-reviews/3545/expand

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2017 Five Ten Freerider EPS Updated Review 01.11.2017

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.

Winter use:

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.

 

 

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

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    Water can come in where the fabric mesh is. friction damage caused by shoe touching the crankarm.

    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.

 

There is a hole in the outer sole, but water did not come trough but this mgiht change,

The damage in this area already began in the winter but got bit worse, you will see the same type of wear in the the same place on the standard/summer version of the Freerider.

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:

Five Ten claims the whole front of the shoe is Leather, but the brown stuff is clearly not leather, it’s  most likely latex cover, the inner layer looks to be leather though. the outer sole started to separate from the rest of the shoe, but the stitching stopped it from going any further. the tips of the shoes are stiffer for added protection.

 

 

Verdict: Recommended

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.

https://bikeshop.no/WebPages/Produkt/ProduktInfo.aspx?plid=88271&WebSiteMapNodeID=1000001

 

Can be bought here:

https://www.rosesykler.no/article/five-ten-freerider-eps-high-flat-pedal-shoes/aid:878545

https://www.bike-components.de/en/Five-Ten/Freerider-EPS-High-MTB-Winterschuhe-Modell-2017-p51077/

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/no/en/five-ten-freerider-eps-high-mtb-shoes-2017/rp-prod152877

https://www.amazon.ca/Five-Ten-Freerider-High-Mountain/dp/B01LX6PB2J

AUBURN:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Five-Ten-Freerider-Winter-Mountain/dp/B01KA7VTG6/ref=cts_sp_1_vtp?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_p=1212178027&pf_rd_r=636NW0KFH22CJ2XETPTZ&pd_rd_wg=74luu&pf_rd_s=desktop-detail-softlines&pf_rd_t=40701&pd_rd_i=B01KA7VTG6&pd_rd_w=JngdN&pf_rd_i=desktop-detail-softlines&pd_rd_r=636NW0KFH22CJ2XETPTZ&_encoding=UTF8

Midnight

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Five-Ten-Freerider-Winter-Mountain/dp/B01AU87SHO/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1487459969&sr=8-4-fkmr0&keywords=2017+Five+Ten+Freerider+ESP

http://www.zappos.com/p/five-ten-freerider-eps-high/product/8731570

https://www.bike24.de/1.php?content=8;product=185863;menu=1000,18,58 (does not ship to all countries)

Core black:

https://www.bike24.de/p1185877.html (does not ship to all countries)