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Hey guys. I know there are quite a few of you out there who like me like to ride on platform pedals. This isn't intended to generate a debate (maybe we can make a thread for Strava users who use platforms vs clipless ;)) , just some info that you might find helpful. I know that the shoe of choice for most of us was the five ten impact. The biggest drawback to this shoe IMO was that it felt like you were wearing moon boots. They are bulky as hell. Well, my pair finally started to die (after about two years and 3500 biking miles). I looked for an alternative, and I ended up going with the Five Ten Freerider VXi. You can look it up yourself for specs and pics, but I will say that it is worth a look if you are looking for a great grippy platform pedal shoe.

Bottom line is that it is way less bulky (close to 3/4 inch narrower in the widest spot of the sole), lighter and is better ventilated. Stiffness is about the same (that's what she said).

Now, back to blue poo bags/hikers/snakes/Strava debates.
 

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You forgot unleashed dogs and what tire discussions!

Good to hear on the shoes. I have the Impact high tops and the rotation weight feels ridiculous. As soon as they die off I was planning to get the fr shoes. I was curios about the stiffness so that's some good info.
 

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I have a pair of freeriders sitting in my closet collecting dust after two rides with them. Found that they just weren't soft enough to maintain contact with the pedals when riding through rock gardens. My old Impacts and Vans are superior IMO.

YMMV


EDIT: mine are the non-XVi version, so not really apples to apples. Sorry for the confusion.
 

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Hey guys. I know there are quite a few of you out there who like me like to ride on platform pedals. This isn't intended to generate a debate (maybe we can make a thread for Strava users who use platforms vs clipless ;)) , just some info that you might find helpful. I know that the shoe of choice for most of us was the five ten impact. The biggest drawback to this shoe IMO was that it felt like you were wearing moon boots. They are bulky as hell. Well, my pair finally started to die (after about two years and 3500 biking miles). I looked for an alternative, and I ended up going with the Five Ten Freerider VXi. You can look it up yourself for specs and pics, but I will say that it is worth a look if you are looking for a great grippy platform pedal shoe.

Bottom line is that it is way less bulky (close to 3/4 inch narrower in the widest spot of the sole), lighter and is better ventilated. Stiffness is about the same (that's what she said).

Now, back to blue poo bags/hikers/snakes/Strava debates.
Platforms are not practical for 29ers or Fatbikes, unfortunately.
 

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I've been running the XVI's for about 1 year now and totally agree. They've completely replaced my Impacts and Carvers as my shoe of choice. I still have the regular Freeriders for pumptrack/jumping (the MacAskill's are a great crossover shoe btw) but the XVI's are all I wear for trail riding. I need to order another pair since these are showing their age now (I'm guessing a bit over 2k miles on this pair including at least 5 wet/muddy rides).
 

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I have the regular Freeriders that I use for trail riding, and I like them. They are much stickier and more durable than the Fox shoes with Van's like soles I had before. kenbentit, why is the full dot pattern better for pumptrack/jumping? I do have trouble squirming my feet back into position with the Freeriders when trail riding. Thanks.
 

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Hey phatmike, how is the sizing? I wear 12 in nike's. Think 12 in the Five Tens would be comparable? There are no dealers near me to try bfor I buy. Thanks for the help if you can.
 

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I wear a twelve in Nike and Five Ten. The Five Tens are a little more snug lengthwise, but I like that in my riding shoes. The Five Tens are wider than most Nikes.
 

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Sorry for the delay, haven't checked this thread in a while. I like the regular FR's for jumping/pumptrack not so much for the tread pattern as much as the thinner sole. I like to be able to feel the pedals when jumping so they work better for me. Not that I can't wear the XVI's for jumping, I just prefer the lighter soles.
I have the regular Freeriders that I use for trail riding, and I like them. They are much stickier and more durable than the Fox shoes with Van's like soles I had before. kenbentit, why is the full dot pattern better for pumptrack/jumping? I do have trouble squirming my feet back into position with the Freeriders when trail riding. Thanks.
 

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Hey phatmike, how is the sizing? I wear 12 in nike's. Think 12 in the Five Tens would be comparable? There are no dealers near me to try bfor I buy. Thanks for the help if you can.
tnert,

I wear size 22 in both Nike and FiveTens.

Kidding. I do however wear 10.5 in both. Hope this helps.
 

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I've been rocking the 5/10 Maltese Falcon. I bought them to replace my Hellcats. The Falcon is much lighter, the laces tighten better and the strap is more comfortable. Plus they are an SPD shoe, so I can still ride clipless on my 29er, fat bike, and other non-26" bikes.
 
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