The Five Ten Impact Low Shoe is quickly achieving legend status among the big-bike set. The Impact Low combines Five Ten's sticky rubber sole, an Action leather upper, mesh venting panels and Slingshot construction for an unmatched combination of freeride performance and comfort.
The Impact Low Shoe has a Five Ten Stealth rubber sole. Stealth rubber gives you tons of grip so your feet stay firmly planted on the pedals. This soft rubber compound also provides grip when you're off the bike scrambling up a sketchy section, and is extremely durable. No other rubber out there is as sticky and lasts as long against the offenses of the gnarly traction pins on your pedals. Five Ten also gave the Impact Low a compression-molded polyurethane midsole to absorb vibration and impact to reduce fatigue.
The Impact Low's upper is burly, abrasion-resistant leather upper that holds up to season-after-season of ridiculous off-road abuse. Mesh panels on both sides of the shoe promote cooling airflow to keep your feet dry and comfortable while you ride. Slingshot construction at the heel locks the foot down for a secure, comfortable fit. This eliminates heel-lift, which causes hot spots and blisters. The Impact High also features barrel-lacing to prevent ‘lace-bite’ during long days in the saddle.
The Five Ten Impact Low Shoe comes in Team Black and Pacific Blue. It's available in half sizes ranging from US 5-13, and size 14.
Action leather, mesh
lace, Raptor tongue
Stealth S1 rubber
[single, size 9] 1 lb 2 oz
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Sticky rubber clings to flats especially when cleaned after each ride. Stiff soles protect feat against pedal strikes and big hits. Extra padding is also nice. Buy them! I have gone through 2 pr sam hills, 2 pr free riders and 1 pr impact low. Impacts are my fave for DH for sure. If you want a more supple shoe for DJ or AM go with free rider. BTW- I have had no quality issues with any of my 510s. If i did i know they stand behind their product. Too bad other reviewer did not return delamed shoe. Keep in mind that these are made with climbing shoe rubber. Never store in hot car. They will delaminate for sure!
This is probably the most tacky shoe on the market. Almost too much, as it makes re-adjusting your foot difficult at times. Unfortunately, it tends to take on water and hold onto it like it does pedals...not good if you are riding in the wet all day long.
These shoes have really sticky soles so they stick to the pedals well. But the problem is the sole doesnt stick to the shoe. I had the sole falling off within 2 weeks. I would never recommend spending money on these.
I have mediocre pedals and I used to ride with mediocre shoes on. After hitting a few jumps and smacking my shins because my feet flew off the pedals I decided I needed a change. I found these lovely shoes. With Five Tens Stealth rubber these are the best mountain biking shoes ever. There's been times when I felt like I was clicked in and I had to physically rip my foot off the pedal. I will never ride without these. They are also pretty stiff so you have better control of your bike. I wear a size 8.5 and they fit true to size.
This version is slightly different from the last - it doesn't have the higher inside ankle cuff, the tongue doesn't sit as high out of the shoe, and the breathable material on the sides is no longer the aerated leather, it's now mesh. For reference, I wore a 10 in my previous Impacts and got a 9.5 in this version. They feel about the same as far as fit and comfort go.
It's still big and clunky compared to other flat pedal shoes, but none of the others can compare to this shoes' level of grip. I have a set of the Five Ten Spitfire low tops, as well as a set of the new Freerider VXi shoes.
The Spitfires are similar to your average skate-style shoe as far as support (i.e. none), fit and weight goes, but with slightly better grip. The Freerider VXi shoes are lighter and less clunky than the Impacts, and on par with them as far as stiffness and support, but they're also less grippy.
For outright support, stiffness and grip, the Impacts can't be beat.
I broke my foot this spring and so I ordered these shoes because I heard they offer they best protection and I didn't feel like re-injuring myself. These shoes do not mess around. They are heavy duty and I no longer have the fear of jamming my foot and re breaking it. They also offer stiff soles and amazing grip on the pedals so your feet stay put while you're riding. I don't know if Five Ten offers a woman's Impact, but as a female with a narrower foot, these are super comfortable and fit my feet perfectly, there was no break in time. The only con is that because they are such a serious shoe they take a REALLY long time to dry out after a wet ride.
I just got these earlier this week and have 2 day mountain biking on them. Everything I have read about Five Ten biking shoes is that they stick like glue because of there special sole. They do grip very well on the petals, but not all that much more than my DC shoes I had been using. That being said I'm happy about it. I had read that they grip so well that you have a hard time moving your foot on the petal. What I have loved so far is that they have a very stiff sole and feel so solid on my feet when riding. I would say they made some improvement in my riding they feel so good. They feel much more solid on your feet then the Five Ten Freeride. They are on sale right now so pick them up.
Pros: Insane grip. Good fit- very comfortable (I've never had blisters even riding cross country all day). Great protection against rock strikes. I cant stress this enough- awesome grip. Stiff soles- great for big jumps, steep descents, and shoveling.
Cons: Heavy on hot and humid days. Do not dry quickly after lots of sweat or a wash.
These shoes inspired so much confidence after switching from years on DC skate shoes. I never realized just how much I shifted my feet before I wore the Impacts. Now I can point my bike down the steepest rough stuff and never worry about my foot slipping. Pair them with a set of Straitlines and you can enjoy the grip of being clipped in while still easily throwing feet out to destroy berms or the jump line. The rocky advanced downhills at Angel Fire were no match for this shoe. I highly recommend to anyone on a big bike riding more downhill that up. (I'd probably go with Freeriders if I did more AM climbs.)