For the Impact 2 and Impact 2 high, the collar and Raptor tongue patterns were refined, plus slingshot construction at the heel locks the foot down for a secure and comfortable fit from heel to toe. Reflective silver accents will pop for all those rock star photo shoots. Action leather upper material for lightweight, all-season durability and Stealth S1 outsoles for high friction and shock absorption.
Strengths: Sole design and material adheres to pedals like fly paper.
Wrap around tongue prevents any bunching and prevents any slipping around inside the shoe.
Good padding and side protection
Weaknesses: Semi-high padding can irritate ankle bones - if you're like me and have a weird ankle bone.
This shoe is awesome in so many respects. It is acceptably stiff for riding, yet comfortable for walking. The soft rubber soles grip supremely. Combined with the effective sole pattern, these shoes will not move when paired with a quality flat pedal.
Just for fun, I took my kid's bike for a spin with its cheapo plastic flats. These shoes held tightly against the smooth plastic ridges on the edges of the pedals and I was able to bunny hop it with ease (though I must have looked ridiculous).
The only reservation I've had with the shoe has been declining as they've worn in. The mid high ankle padding pressed tightly against my inside ankle bones. I'm unusual in this respect in that I have relatively low ankle bones, and this has been an issue for me in certain ski boots, skates and hiking shoes. Fortunately, the padding has broken in nicely and its not a problem anymore. If you understand what I mean about the ankle bones, you may wish to opt for the high top version of this shoe. I've decided that I'm keeping these.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: August 4, 2012
Strengths: Support, comfort, protection, grip.
The Impact lows are really grippy, about 30% grippier than a 5/10 free ride shoe. They suit me perfectly as I ride hard and I need to hike-a-bike so cannot clip in easily and I like the extra grippiness and protection over the free ride shoe. So good they are nearly good enough to be a walking shoe too. I like to pedal a lot so I don't want the high top version which might be better for dh riders.
I've been looking for a great platform shoe to try out and I read the reviews on here which led me to decide to try these out. I'm glad I did because they live up to all the hype and praise that people give them. The grip is unrelenting and you will stick to your pedals just like you're clipped in, its amazing. You even get the lift that people in clips always brag about why their clips are better than flats. They're comfortable enough to wear around the house too and they grip when walking up a steep trail unlike the clip in cleats. They offer great protection too which was a must for me in a flat. They fit snug so get a size up. I normally wear a 10-10 1/2 and I bought an 11.
Strengths: Super grippy, uber comfortable, stiff thick soles.
Weaknesses: Pretty much none.
I decided to buy some of these on my friends reccomendation, after tearing a hole in the sole of my cheap skate shoes. I wish I had lashed out and bought these as soon as I bought my first proper flat pedal MTB. They are just the perfect design for flat pedal riding. I ride DJ and DH, and some minor trail riding. Issues I'd had with other shoes were thin soles, causing much discomfort over rough DH courses. These shoes have stiff, thick soles, which solve the problem. I spent 3 hrs riding on flat trais the other day, and they performed excellently. no blisters, no rubbing, no sore feet. Immensly grippy. As in, you have no idea... If you run flat pedals, stop reading reviews. You will find no better shoes for the job. Go to a store, try some on, and buy them.
These shoes are a true "game changer" for those who are just using skate shoes with platforms. Not only do these stick to your pedals like glue with the stealth rubber and a very firm sole, but they built them to be bullet proof AND comfortable. Even when you have to hike-a-bike the stealth rubber sticks to any terrain better than most hiking shoes.
Bike Setup: Kona Wah Wahs on my 2012 Stumpy FSR 29'er
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: March 15, 2012
Strengths: Incredible grip! I was recommended these shoes, to use with platforms. They stick like hot tar. Incredible. I find them to be very comfortable. I was looking for a good solution, to move beyond clipless. Clipless is great for those who want to use it, but I really was wanting to change over to platforms. I'm using these shoes with the Wellgo MG-1's.
Weaknesses: Nothing at this point.
Awesome shoe. Highly recommended for platforms. Grip like hot tar!
Similar Products Used: Shimano SPD shoes with the cleats on Time ATAC pedals.
Bike Setup: 2005 Titus Switchblade, XT 8speed (old school), Fox Talas front and back, Mavic 719 rims, Panaracers, tubes, tuffy liners (no flats for 1,000+ miles), Thomson stem/seat post, CK headset, Wellgo MG-1 pedals, BB7 front and back
Weaknesses: The toe isn't as reinforced as they claim it to be, but no big deal
Bought these because I had poor pedals and beat shoes. When i got them I thought they were amazing. But when I demoed a bike with fresh pedals, i thought these were unbelievable. Your glued to the pedal just like they say, have to pull your foot off to readjust on pedal. (This makes you a better rider as well) They have a loop to hold your laces, they're durable, tight around the ankle so that **** from the trail never gets inside, comfy, awesome. Don't know what more you need.
Similar Products Used: trainers, skate shoes, lightweight hiking boots
Bike Setup: Giant Trance X2
a Weekend Warrior
from Glendale, AZ, USA
Date Reviewed: May 13, 2011
Strengths: Comfortable fit, good quality and priced about right. The have very sturdy bottoms that wear like iron, I wear these things several times a week for hours at a time and they still show no signs of wear.
Weaknesses: There a little heavy but I'm afraid if they were lighter they wouldn't be as durable.
I use mine with Azonic Accelerator platform pedals and they provide such good bite and support that I seldom even think about my feet slipping of the pegs. My feet stay stuck like I am clipped in!
a Weekend Warrior
from Mesa, AZ, USA
Date Reviewed: February 16, 2011
Strengths: Good protection, well made and insane grip.
Weaknesses: I personally would only request an insole with more support, but that is a highly personal observation. I haven't seen another comment on the insole, so it's prolly just me.
Someone complained about the stiffness of the sole, but I like that on these, coz yer foot doesn't wrap around the pedal. The grip is truly what everyone says: amazing. I haven't worn these long, but I think they are going to last a long time. Very well made shoe. I am a very luck guy, got mine for $29.95-clearance at Sport Chalet. I ran out the door with these shoes afraid they were going to wise up and change the price. Outstanding shoe for when you are running flats.
Bike Setup: Fisher Sugar and Tarpon, the Tarpon usually being the one I usually run the flats on.
a Weekend Warrior
from austin, tx, usa
Date Reviewed: January 2, 2011
Strengths: Comfortable, grippy, solid, perfect.
Weaknesses: None. Seriously, none.
Okay, everything that is written about these shoes is totally true. I've been riding flat pedals for about two weeks now. I bought a pair of Fox Addition shoes thinking that Fox would certainly make a pair of riding shoes that would grip the pedals.
So after some looking around, it seemed like 5 10 were the only way to go. I borrowed a pair from a buddy today and
If you are going to run flat pedals, don't screw around and buy some of these. Remember, you get what you pay for, and these shoes are the real deal, and worth the money.
When I read other reviews, riders would talk about how they felt "clipped in" with these shoes. Well, my first thought was that was quite an exaggeration, but let me tell you, it's not. At all. I literally felt clipped in the whole day, it was great, and validated my decision to try flat pedals.
If you're going to ride flats, get these shoes NOW! Don't worry about the price, because it's money well spent.
Similar Products Used: Fox Addition, my running shoes, Merrill hiking shoes.
from Sydney, NSW, Australia
Date Reviewed: November 15, 2010
Strengths: Comfort, the grip on the pedals - AMAZING!!!
Weaknesses: None major as of yet. The width of the shoe is I'm sure many people say, is too wide for their preference, but it doesn't bother me.
Believe the hype. This shoe is simply amazing. The perfect shoe for flat pedals. I can't ask for anything else. The grip on the pedals is like glue, even on my old stock dirtjumping pedals with which the pins were almost completely worn off and round. No joke. There is 100% guarantee you will be satisfied with this shoes grip on the pedals. These shoes are well worth buying.
Bike Setup: Giant DH Comp 2005 frame, Trutative Holzfeller Direct Mount Stem, Jetblack pedals, Avid Juicy Brakes, ODI grips, Trutative Hussefelt cranks, Halo rims, Maxxis Minions tyres, 2008 Boxxer Race forks, SRAM X9 Shifter and Derailleur
a Weekend Warrior
from Lion City
Date Reviewed: September 21, 2010
Weaknesses: Inner a bit hard, but with proper socks all are ok. Don't wear it without socks. Price wise a bit expensive for a
Made In China Shoes. No doubt it's a quality product but if the manufacturing is in China, 5.10 can actually bring the price down because workmanship in China is Cheap. Maybe they should move it to Vietnam it's even cheaper down there.
Excelent! Buy it for Offroad riding. Works like a Sticky Matt.
a Weekend Warrior
from virginia beach, va
Date Reviewed: June 26, 2010
Strengths: Extremely grippy and comfortable.
Weaknesses: A little hot during the summer.
These shoes are amazing. Like the other reviews have said they are comparable to being clipped in. I normally ride clipless but want to be into some freeride and dirt jumping. After 2 trips out to the local dirt jumps I was jumping like I was using clipless. No slipping at all. Definitely made the trasition from clipless to flats nearly painless (still some damage to my shins but due to my own mistakes not the shoes fault).