Feel like ski boots
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 9.5
I bought these for street/trials riding on a 24" Danny MacAskill-style bike. These seem to be a close match to his own shoe, and I normally wear 5.10 climbing shoes... so they seemed like a no-brainer. If you're buying these for downhill or enduro maybe they're great- but I can't imagine wearing them for any length of time, for any activity. The Freerider feels terrible- super stiff, flat, dead. My carbon sole Sidi cross country mtn bike shoes somehow feel more supple. I get no feeling out of my pedals (Crank Brothers Stamp) and despite the climbing shoe rubber, the partially treadless sole doesn't really stick to the pedals all that well. They almost create the sensation that your feet are numb. I'll be going back to wearing my Evolv Cruzer Psyche Approach Shoe (which is strange bc I hate Evolv climbing shoes) for street/trials riding- which feel comfy and totally planted to the pedal. The Evolv's are not a bike shoe and their sole's do tend to get eaten up faster by the pedals- but even at full price they're half the cost of the Freerider (they're $59 now, amazing). Not for nothing, the Evolv's look great- I have a second pair just for the office. So if you want skate shoe sensitivity but climbing shoe stickyness, not to mention a good looking and versatile monochrome look, go with the Evolv or another approach shoe.