Review: 2017 Five Ten Freerider ESP

I have used these shoes for 3 months.

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.

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 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 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 it self.
  • 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 shoe laces 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, there is no way water will come in,(unless it gets in the upper part of your socks).
  • the tip of the shoe is stiff, I hit some hard surfaces, few times and I did not even feel it.

Cons:

  • maybe reinforcing the shoe lace holes for more durability, other than this I can’t think of anything, Time will tell how long this will last.

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Verdict: Recommended

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.

So far it’s the only proper winter cycling flat/platform shoe.

I think the Freerider shoe is a well thought out shoe.

I will, of course, update you on further developments.

 

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)

 

 

Asics GT-1000 2 GTX Gore-tex XCR shoes review

at first the shoes were pretty tight fit, compared to other shoes like Adidas running shoes,

but after use they got comfortable,

they are Gore-Tex shoes so they are wind proof and water proof.If you use those shoes make sure your rain pants are long or you will get water inside the shoes,

the gel damping technology works well.

i have been walking,running, and mountain-biking in these shoes,

the shoe grips well but having soft rubber sacrifices the durability,after some some riding  the outer-sole begin to wear,the pedal pins ripped the rubber apart.

pros

  • Grips well
  • confortable
  • Shock absorption: Gel in the heel
  • plate on the rear of the shoe make it stiff and easy to take on and off
  • the rear of the shoe is stiff soit’s easy to take the shoes on and off

cons:

  • price
  • red part on the top of the shoe near the shoe laces wear out
  • not for wide feet.
  • would be nice with wider front for people with wide feet,
  • my feet are average width,but my pinky-toe goes over the inner-sole little bit, but would be nice with wider shoe anyway,at the beginning the shoe felt too tight but got away after some days of use.
  • the outer-sole should be thicker and not wear as easily

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Online Price: 999,- NOK (Norwegian crowns)
local store Price: 1 299,00