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I tried a pair of 5.10's and flat pedals just over a year ago after a bad string of luck with clipless, and didn't look back. Immediately loved them.

For the first 9 months at least, I don't think my feet ever moved. On the last couple of rides I have definately not felt as locked down as i am used to. When I look at the bottom of the shoes, they are definately beat up. I have sharp pins on my pedals and walk on rocks a lot, so I'm not suprised.
 

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ride the biscuit said:
you answered your own question. as long as the tread is intact you're fine, but it sounds like you thrashed them up pretty good
jimarin said:
I rode my last pair for 4 seasons. I never noticed less grip, even though they had visible wear.
This is my quandry. While the tread is noticably worn, it is still pretty intact. However, the rest of the shoe is pretty much perfect, just dirty. I would hate to spend the money on new shoes only to find that it is my riding that is to blame. I have progressed a LOT this past year (been riding seriosly for less than 2 years).

The new Shimano XTR trail pedals and Time X Roc S pedals have got me thinking about clipless again. I loved the 5.10's because my confidence instantly skyrocketed and I was having a lot more fun on my bike, which is all I care about, I'm no racer.
 

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yup like harden rubbers in tires.. it grips less over time. esp if u have to wash/ sun dry all the time like mine after muddy rides.

Might sound crazy-- after its been dried and feeling a little stiff, i just steal the missus moisturizing cream and rub it over the soles.. works for me.. Impact Hi cut, 3 years soles still strong but top have to be glued up every now and then as it starts to open up
 

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Throwing mine in the washing machine makes them all nice and sticky again or for a quick fix rub the soles together to get the dirt/oxidization off.
 

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Anyone who rock climbs will tell you most any climbing rubber (5.10 is a climbing shoe company) will get less grippy over time. Sometimes just taking the surface layer off with a wire brush or sand paper will get you some grip back. But there nothing as grippy as fresh rubber.
 

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As a climber with many years of high technical climbing in 5.10s, yes the rubber does tend to harden which causes them to lose some "stick". However, I still have shoes from over ten years ago that I occasionally use and they are still worthy of a good climb. I have used a file before to scruff up the sole to assist in getting a better grip. 5.10's are awesome shoes!
 
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