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Five Ten - Freerider Contact Cycling Shoe - Men's

Five Ten Freerider Contact Cycling Shoe - Men's

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$89.96 $149.90

Item #FVT000V



Tech Specs

Upper Material:
Stealth Mi6 rubber
Cleat Compatibility:
Claimed Weight:
[single, size 9] 390 g
Recommended Use:
mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Freerider Contact Cycling Shoe

If the Freerider Contact Shoes look and feel like an old friend, that's because Five Ten based its design on an updated version of the VXi chassis. The big change from VXi to Contact is the addition of toe protection in the latter the equivalent of ensconcing your little piggies in a brick house instead of just the synthetic leather of the VXi. With this additional armor, the Contact's capabilities encompass a bit more of the DH spectrum while also improving the outcomes of mishandled landings.

The sole's flat metatarsal section of Stealth Rubber carries over from the VXi to the Contact, giving you secure grip on flat pedals that still allows you to freely reposition your feet similar to road pedals with a high degree of float. The durable, synthetic uppers and mesh ventilation also return, making for shoes that rock the park, cruise the DH circuit, and clean lines across all manner of all-mountain riding.

  • Mountain biking shoes for everything from downhill to enduro rides
  • Burly upper resists wear and tear and offers toe protection
  • Lace closure system puts the fit in your hands
  • Mesh ventilation allows for breathable comfort on hot days
  • Mi6 rubber outsole absorbs shock and adds easy pedal placement

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.

Half size too small.

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

Size 10 was too small. The price difference to upgrade to a 10.5 wasn't worth it so I just returned them. The product itself looked great though. Very sturdy.

Fell apart in less then a month

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Size Bought: 10.0

The stitching on inside welt started to unravel after only 4-5 rides. I use to love 5.10 shoes but the quality has really gone downhill.

Fell apart in less then a month

That shoe looks like it’s been used 50 or 100 times, who are you kidding!

That shoe looks like it’s been used 50 or 100 times, who are you kidding!

2nd Pair

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

On to my second pair of these so far, must say I love them. Not only as a bike shoe, but as an all around adventure shoe. My other shoes blew out so I wore these everywhere and found that the insane grip they provide on the pedals and the stiff sole make for excellent approach/scrambling shoe. They glue to pretty much all surfaces and I found them to hold up really well! Love the shoe, do find that they are a bit narrow, granted I have wider feet, but only notice it after a real long day of biking or hiking.

Cop yourself a pair

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you're a fan of fiveten then you're probably a fan of the freerider. This hold up similar but with a few added touches. The toe box seems wider by feel and appearance which will give you more surface area to work with on your pedals. The rubber stuck to my peddles so well I could hardly tell I wasn't riding clipless. The only downmark in my opinion is the appearance, and I probably wouldn't wear them anytime I wasn't biking. That is such a minor thing though, and they perform every way they should when riding. Hopefully, I can get another season out of them.

Don’t get these

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The rubber shreds to bits unlike the original free riders and the fit is too narrow. I rode them for a few months hoping they would stretch out and not pinch my little toe but they never did. By then the soles had shredded almost all the way through. Also zero traction for hiking. Add it all up to a fail for 5.10. The original free riders are pretty good tho.

Don’t get these

Best flat shoes out there

  • Fit: True to size

Stealth rubber makes these shoes super grippy on the right pedals. I like these shoes since they feel a bit more substantive than the base freeriders. This is my 3rd pair of Five Tens and I've had no complaints. Runs pretty true to size, I'm an 8.5 in casual shoes and an 8.5 in these

Looking for flat shoes? Look no further

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking for a great shoe for flat pedals, this is the one and only. Stiff soles and sticky rubber will make you instantly into a world cup winning shredder. On a boyz trip to Fruita, a girl even told me once these are "Hot guy shoes". The Stealth rubber that Five Ten is known for will keep you planted like an oak tree. Even when you huck to flat.

I frequently switch between these and my Shimano AM9 clipless shoes and feel just as confident in either. They work great for when your coffee wears off and you have to start hiking, good tread and solid construction keeps you stable in all sorts of conditions. Best part? They look good so you don't look like some teched-out bike shop nerd when you're grabbing those post-shred beers ferda boyz.

My first flat pedal shoe is 👍

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I’ve been riding clipless for 20 years but decided to change my trail bike to platform pedals for skills stuff like wheelies... These are great shoes that have made the transition very easy. Super grippy and stuff power transfer. I can see why Five Tens are so popular.

Good shoe with Bad quality

    Five ten fits perfect and feels good. The grip is okay too,... but the durability of this shoe is nothing we are used to from this company, very poorly, better but the five ten free rider pro

    They make a difference

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I’ve been riding regularly for only about 1.5 years, and outside of dropping some money into a decent bike, I haven’t poored much into supplementary gear. I’m not a clip-less guy - yet - because I almost killed myself once with them, so flats all the way goiven my current skill set. I was using basically any old athletic shoe or sneaker for my riding, but finally decided to get a riding specific shoe mostly for improved peddle grip. They definitely perform there, but wow was I surprised by the additional performance overall. Literally improved my riding over night. More power on the peddles, better control and confidence through turns and chop, and over drops and jumps. I’m not suggesting this will be the case for any rider, especially someone more experienced, or someone already using a proper riding shoe, but for those of you like me on the fence about using a proper shoe versus your Nikes, these do what they say. Comfortable, keep your feet protected and cool, great peddle grip, and enhanced performance overall for my riding. They’ve been a great decision. Only drawback - and I’ve seen others mention it - is the flat area of the sole can be a little sketchy on wet or muddy surfaces when off the bike. Otherwise, been great for me. Very happy!

    All Around Comfort

      I use these as my daily shoe and prefer them for dirt jumping vs trail or DH riding. I have been using them recently on the trail and want a slightly stiffer shoe. I like the big flat rubber section but after wearing mine to the point of disintegration, I noticed my new pair took a ride to break in. Love them!!

      That Rubbah tho

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The stealth rubber sole makes these shoes super sticky when paired with a nice set of flat pedals. Usually ride clips but for those muddy times when you wanna go moto style and let the foot loose as you destroy the corners you are gonna want a pair of bomber shoes like this!


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Just undergoing ACL reconstruction 8 weeks ago I needed to ditch the clips and learn how to ride flats. Was a bit hesitent at first, but after picking up these shoes... I am absolutely in love! Typical FiveTen design and style so not the lightest shoe out there and has a wide toe box, which I love! But the Stealth Mi6 rubber though, so grippy. Very well surprised. Feel like I am clipped in and super comfortable on the minimal downhills I can ride for right now. Really can't go wrong with this shoe.

      Great Five Ten shoe

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: 10.5

      Really like the shoe. Very durable and stick to the pedals of my trail bike very well. I think the shoe runs a bit small to size, but that may also have to do with the stiffness of the shoe itself. Originally bought a size 10, but returned them for a size 10.5

      Perfect shoes

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 9.0

      Great fit, soles are super tacky. Can't buy a better shoe for mountain biking. Arrived quickly and was best price I could find.


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These shoes are awesome! They are stiff and great for mountain biking. Haven't had a pedal strike yet!


      Sticky, Durable, Comfortable

        I have 6+ months on these, they do require a week or to to break in but once that is over they are golden.

        I've been impressed and I'll be picking up another pair when these ones wear out. From the looks I have another few months before I need a new pair.

        Good, but may need some break in time

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 10.5

        Overall I'm happy with these shoes. Excellent grip and they just feel solid. But I do have a bit of an issue with fit. I have a high instep and the seem to put pressure on the top of my foot. I have to fool arou d with alternate lacings, and maybe they just need to break in a bit.

        Five Ten

          5 35 2.5 21.5
          5.5 35.5 3 22
          6 36 3.5 23
          6.5 37 4 23
          7 37.5 4.5 23.5
        6 7.5 38 5 24
        6.5 8 39 5.5 24.5
        7 8.5 39.5 6 25
        7.5 9 40 6.5 25.5
        8 9.5 41 7 26
        8.5 10 41.5 7.5 26.5
        9 10.5 42 8 27
        9.5 11 42.5 8.5 27.5
        10   43 9 28
        10.5   44 9.5 28.5
        11   44.5 10 29
        11.5   45 10.5 29.5
        12   46 11 30
        12.5   46.5 11.5 30.5
        13   47 12 31