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.
They have differences but they have the same fit.
The Impact has much higher mid sole.
from the left: Impact high, Freerider, Freerider EPS
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 if you can’t ride over/on.
in the video below you can see how these shoes are when walking.
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.
A Closer look at the wear at the ball of the foot:
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.
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.
New shoe on the left and worn shoe on the right
You can look at the video below and see the wear it had.
- 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.
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.