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Five Ten Freerider Contact Shoe - Men's


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Item # FVT000V

From park to trail.

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.

Tech Specs

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

Size chart

Five Ten

US MenUS WomenEuroUKCM
  5 35 2.5 21.5
  5.5 35.5 3 22
  6 36 3.5 23
  6.5 36.5 4 23
  7 37 4.5 23.5
6 7.5 38 5 24
6.5 8 38.5 5.5 24.5
7 8.5 39 6 25
7.5 9 40 6.5 25.5
8 9.5 40.5 7 26
8.5 10 41 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

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Super fly

    Seahawks colors! Bonus! (said no one ever) But for real, these shoes are pretty rad. Ultra sticky Five Ten rubber is unbeatable. Weather resistant coating for those damper days. Fit is slightly more narrow that the standard Freerider. Have read about issues with the sole separating from the shoe... will have to see how they hold up over time. At the least, FiveTen warranty will supposedly take care of it.

    Always a good choice

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    • Fit: True to size

    I've been riding Five Tens on platform pedals for years. I bought this pair for my wife so she can join the tradition. In the past I've had a few minor issues with the sole peeling away, but so far these have been good. The are a bit narrower than average Five Ten biking shoes, which is perfect for her. Five tens have never had the best ventilation, as they are more about grip and protection, but these actually ventilate pretty well. The stealth rubber offers superb grip, of course, and they are well-reinforced to protect your toes from those occasional impacts with roots and rocks. Overall a great shoe, definitely recommend them.

    Sticky Icky

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10

    Probably one of the best shoes on the market for riding flat pedals. The Five Ten Freerider Contact shoe sticks really well to pedals and takes a good force to get it to move off.

    Perennial Contender

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large

    You know these shoes are good when your brother wants a pair. Stoked to spread the love and get him on a nice pair that works. I decided to pick up a fresh pair as well and am excited to report they are just as good as ever.

    Love/Hate Relationship

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    Let me start by saying that in my opinion, 5.10 hit it out of the park with the design of this shoe. It's lightweight, breathable, and grips the pedal in a spectacularly predictable fashion.

    That being said, my original purchase occurred approximately one year ago, when this model first came available to the public. Since that time I have warrantied five pairs for the sole delaminating. I ski exclusively in the winter months, so that works out to around five weeks of durability.

    5.10 has been extremely courteous, continues to cover shipping costs, and replaces the shoes without question.

    Design: 10/10
    Durability: 0/10

    You're tacky and I love you!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10.0

    I normally wear anywhere from a 9.5-10.5, depending on the fit of the shoe. I split the difference and went 10.0 for these. I may have sized down to the 9.5 (my right foot is definitely a half a size smaller and feels a bit loose), but all in all they feel fantastic while riding. I was mostly riding clipless pedals/shoes for a while, but a big over the bars crash while being clipped in spooked me a bit and decided it was time to rock the platform pedals, these being the best shoes to rock with that. I do a combination of trail/all mountain riding with a side of downhilling.


    -Boy oh boy, do these have some serious grip with the Stealth rubber. Almost too much, the pedal can be hard to move around if your foot is on the wrong spot. But no hesitation on getting into burly lines or any situation, not a chance your foot gets bucked from the pedal. The title of this review is in reference to School of Rock...

    -The right kind of stiffness for a bike shoe. I don't need a wooden plank underfoot, but I want a sole that is stiff and solid underfoot. this is absolutely it.


    -Have noticed a bit of damage off the bat, that said a lot of it has been from downhilling and freeriding recently, something to be somewhat expected with platform pedals that have spikes on them.

    - Personal fault on this, but probably would downsize a half a size from your average tennis/running shoe. I don't regret getting the 10's, but the 9.5 would have worked great and have been solid.

    Overall, I would absolutely recommend these to anyone who's looking for a pair of shoes to match their flats. They fit well on the foot (though I may recommend sizing down a half size) and perform even better.

    You're tacky and I love you!

    A Classic with Improvements

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11.00

    Having known and loved the classic Freerider shoe, I was intrigued to see they had made a seemingly improved rendition. These are basically the same concept, casual looks and comfort with a bike-able sole, but designed more specifically for biking. They are stiffer overall to increase pedaling efficiency and protection, and they also have a more airy feeling mesh on top to help keep your feet cool.

    If you haven't tried riding with a fiveten shoe, I would definitely encourage you to check them out. I held out with my nikes and vans for years, and was a damn fool for doing so.

    Fit is true to size, and they do NOT stretch or break in at all. I'm usually a 10.5 or 11.0, I need to rock these in 11.0 for sure. I've tried 10.5s and since they are so stiff it's painful to force yourself into a pair that's too small.

    Great for All Mtn riding

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Super easy to get your foot in the right spot with these as opposed to other offerings from 5.10 Not sure if I'd use them for solely dh riding but there is more protection than previous models.

    feel the stick

      paired with a good pedal these shoes are a dream, not to stiff but not to flimsy.

      on a side note, I have owned mine for almost a full season and my soles have started to delam from the upper of the shoe.

      Awesome Flat Pedal Shoe!

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
      • Fit: True to size

      Been riding clips for the past couple seasons but decided to switch it up a little this year. Also have a pair of the 510s with a larger collar but they get a little hot and feel heavy.
      These shoes are super comfortable and the rubber is just as sticky as any other 510 shoe. Fit is just a litttttllee bit larger in length but perfect in width!

      Great sticky shoes

        Love to contacts! Initially I was skeptic with the flat area on the sole but I'm sold! So sticky it's hard to readjust once you put your foot on the pedals. Great flat pedal shoes!

        great mtb shoe

        Been riding flat pedals more and more lately, and these shoes are the best I've found. Super comfortable, and they pedal really well and offer great grip on the pedals when you need it, and the ability to move around a bit when you need to also.

        great mtb shoe

        Solid Shoe

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 13

        I am new to the MB world and did a lot of research before I bought these shoes. Great show really work as advertised. Stick to the peddles , easy to ware and they look good too. I am a 13 and the shore was tire to size. I would recommend


        • Familiarity: I've used it several times
        • Fit: Runs large
        • Size Bought: 7.5

        This shoe changed the way I ride for the better. I have always used platform pedals with aggressive studs, but never had the right shoe paired with them. The moment I put rubber to steel, I could feel the difference. The Stealth rubber compound gripped the studs and I never lost my footing, even in rough and rooted terrain. The Contact is light weight and I was pleased with its overall construction. I look forward to putting many miles on these.

        I normally wear a size 8 street shoe, but went with a 7.5 on these.


        5ten 4 lyfe!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size

        these have been all time, nice and grippy soles to keep you planted on the pedal at all times. it was also nice to have a shoe on the foot that actually breathes half way decent!

        Good Shoe

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Little stiff and tacky great platform shoe. Have it paired with some spanks spike pedals and grip very well. Hiking up hill the shoe gives pretty good traction. Would definitely go a half size up, plenty of room around the toe box. Would of gave 5 stars but after several rides getting a rip above the big toe, other than that been holding up pretty good.

        Great shoe for flat spiked pedals.

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 11

        I usually ride with SIDI dominators. However sometimes the trails are really scary and technical and I want to dab. Great for practice on tougher trails.

        The shoes are sticky enough, certainly did not feel too much loss of power when climbing. Sole is incredibly sticky, like a climbing shoe.

        My only complaint is when I was on an impassable section of South Leaf trail at Skeggs, I slipped on a hill. Wish these had more tired in the heel or something.

        Otherwise really comfy shoe.

        Avg. ride time: 1h 4m per week
        • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

        Great new shoe to the FiveTen lineup!

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

        First off I will start with this shoe IS NOT the same colorway that you see in the pictures. It is exactly like the ones you see on the FiveTen website, but not the same as you see here on Backcountry (not sure where they got the pictures). You can see mine below...

        Now on to the good stuff! These shoes are lighter and stiffer than the previous freeriders. The toe box is very roomy and my size 10 fit perfectly to size. I have a fairly wide foot and I am very happy with the fit.

        The shoes stick like glue to my Spank Oozy pedals, which is expected, and I do like the new flat/worn section as it makes repositioning your foot easier.

        I have not had a chance to hike in any slick dirt, so the jury is still out there won't be a ton of traction...although there is a pattern toward the toe so that may help from slipping too much.

        Overall these are great!

        Great new shoe to the FiveTen lineup!

        Thanks for answering the question I was about to ask the coloring on this site versus the FiveTen site.

        Do you guys know if these shoes are waterproof? Thanks!

        Not waterproof, but from what I've read they do a fine job rejecting water an drying.

        You know what is equivalent size for this shoe compared to Shimano's EU-44, US-9.7, Cms-27.8 ?

        I have tiny spikes that stick on of my pedal. My current sneakers sole has been torn to pieces. How would the soles on these sneakers hold up, given that I have acrews/spikes on pedals for grip

        Pinned pedals will tear up all shoes. The stealth rubber last longer than a skate shoe, but I still go through 2-3 freeriders a year riding 4 days or so a week. Nothing sticks to pedals like stealth rubber. I couldn't be happier with them.