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ProView – Five Ten Women’s Freerider Pro

Fit/Comfort 

Working as a mountain biking instructor, I often found myself stopping and starting frequently to wait up for riders, which is why I’ve always preferred flats over clipless. Up until this past season, I’d been riding old school with traditional trail running shoes over flat pedals. When I was given the option to review the Five Ten Freerider Pros, I jumped at the opportunity. Now that I’ve tried them, I’m kicking myself for not diving in sooner– talk about a game-changer. If you don’t read any farther than this, leave knowing that I couldn’t recommend these shoes more. They’re the raddest. 

Five Ten Women's Freerider Pro

Product Description: A completely updated version of our legendary Freerider, the Freerider Pro touts superior toe protection and quicker drying than its predecessor and still utilizes a full, S1™ dotty outsole for proven grip and durability. The concept behind the Freerider. Synthetic upper that is fast-drying weather friendly. Impact resistant Poron toe box for added toe protection. Compression molded EVA midsole for long term cushioning. Ortholite® sockliner provides long lasting cushioning with anti-microbial protection. Stealth® s1 rubber outsole for unbeatable grip.

Price: $150 MSRP

  • Quality
    (5)
  • Features
    (4.5)
  • Fit
    (5)
  • Durability
    (5)

Summary

Working as a mountain biking instructor, I often found myself stopping and starting frequently to wait up for riders, which is why I’ve always preferred flats over clipless. Up until this past season, I’d been riding old school with traditional trail running shoes over flat pedals. When I was given the option to review the Five Ten Freerider Pros, I jumped at the opportunity. Now that I’ve tried them, I’m kicking myself for not diving in sooner– talk about a game-changer. If you don’t read any farther than this, leave knowing that I couldn’t recommend these shoes more. They’re the raddest. 

Overall
4.9

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Easy fit
  • Durable toe box
  • Insane grip
  • Fun colors!

Cons

  • Runs large; be mindful when picking a size. Other than that, you’re golden!
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This season I invested in a full suspension, and, as a result, ended up riding a lot more on my own than I have in the past. I do the majority of my riding in the front range of Colorado, rotating from a couple of classics in Lyons, to a few favorites in Fraser and Winter Park. My sweet spot is cross- country mixed with some light downhill. These shoes exceeded all expectations on the terrain. 

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Fit

Before receiving the Freerider Pros, I’d read some reviews that they ran large. I hover between size eleven and an eleven and a half (don’t get me started on how hard it is to find shoes that fit). I took note and went for the ten and a half. I’m super happy I downsized because they fit perfectly. 

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Comfort

There was no break-in period required for these shoes. They fit comfortably like sneakers from the first time I put them on, and I never experienced any rubbing or pressure from the shape. I would recommend these to anyone looking for an easy transition shoe that is comfortable to walk in. I effortlessly transitioned from bike to car without fussing around with them. I even forgot to take them off one drive from Winter Park back to the front range.

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When I first rode in them, I was wearing thicker biking socks and found that my feet overheated pretty quickly. I switched for lighter, more breathable socks and the issue went away. These shoes ventilate very well. The pros use a fast-drying synthetic upper, which is durable and sturdy while not sacrificing comfort. 

Performance

The Freerider Pros utilize a grippy Stealth® Phantom rubber outsole, and it’s so effective that it’s almost frustrating to readjust when you misstep on your pedal. I didn’t slip once. The sole is stiff, which is great because the more flex you have, the harder I find it is to get good footing.  

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The toe box is Impact resistant, so I didn’t worry when I had low feet, because I felt confident the shoes would hold up to anything I put them through or any rocks they came into contact with. I imagine myself using these shoes for at least 2-3 seasons before investing in another pair. If you’re in the market for a new pair of flats for the 2020 season, don’t look any further than the Five Ten Freerider Pro.

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Hailing from Washington, D.C., Grace cultivated her love for the outdoors at a young age, exploring the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and the rolling hills of Vermont. Before joining the Outdoor Prolink Membership team, Grace spent two seasons working at High Trails Outdoor Education Center, where she led backpacking, horse packing, and mountain biking trips. Additionally, she instructed for Where There Be Dragons, where she was continuously inspired by the strength that students find in adventures. When not working, you can find her rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking with her Husky pup, Luca.

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