The Five Ten Men’s Impact Karver Bike Shoes provide the grip of Stealth S1 rubber, extra mid-top protection on the inside of your ankle, and a cover to keep your laces from getting sucked into your chain. Basically, these shoes are all you need to crush a nasty freeride trail or leave your friends gawking during an urban assault. No matter your style of riding, these Five Ten shoes rule as long as you’ve learned the advantage of flats.
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I use these shoes with a pair of VP flats and they are awesome. As long as you keep pressure on them your feet aren't going anywhere. The sole is very stiff so you don't get the calve fatigue that comes from using tennis shoes. I have only used them for singletrack not for DH yet but I think I will want to switch back to clip pedals for the really gnarly DH stuff.
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I'm not sure what's going on with 5.10 and their shoes, but I've already owned a pair of these that I loved -- until they packed out and started making my feet ache and giving me insane calf and knee fatigue. So I bought new ones from BC,thinking it was just the age. Turns out -- it's not. The new ones have KILLED me, even though I ordered a size down to prevent packing out and they fit great. The pain only exists when I'm wearing these (as opposed to my Shimano SPD's or my Shimano clipless DH shoes), and I'm really sad about it -- the Stealth rubber is the jam. :(
The fit of this shoe is a bit uncomfortable at first and takes some getting used to with the raised ankle cover. Loads of foam that will break in over time. Shoe is definitely built for DH use. Stealth rubber is as grippy as grippy can get. I'd look to something with a little less bulk if your doing more freeride style riding.
I bought the shoes for my bike a couple months ago. I was just waiting on my Straightline pedals To show up. I tried clipless pedals and I decided I did not like them. Some random person I was passing mountain biking recommended trying 510 shoes and some good pedals. Absolutely love the feel of the shoes how they grip the pedals and that I can wear them to the store after I'm done riding. I wouldn't change anything on these shoes.
I was riding with a pair of old martial arts shoes. The soles were thin and somewhat slippery but they had cost me like $20 a few years ago and I didn't buy into all the 5.10 hype.
But I kept scraping my right ankles against my crank arms. After the third box of bandages I figured I needed to either take a break from riding, or buy some shoes that would protect my ankles a little better than the low tops I was riding in.
These Karvers are pretty sweet. The soles stuck to my pedals amazingly well. The ankle protection was awesome- and the main reason I bought this model over the other 5.10 offerings. The cover for the laces was nifty. They are extremely fugly but I ride a rigid single speed so I was already used to getting funny looks.
I wanted these shoes to work. I really did.
But my feet kept falling asleep.
At first I thought it was the saddle. My wife had just bought me a Brooks B-17 a few days before I got the Karver's in the mail. I had done one ride with it and my old shoes- but I hadn't noticed anything. Still, people complained that the Brooks took a long time to break in, so I figured it was the saddle and not my shoes that were causing my feet to go numb after 15 minutes of riding. So I adjusted the saddle. Still went numb. Adjusted the seatpost. Still went numb. Took off the new saddle and put on my previous saddle. Still went numb. Left on the old saddle, put on my old shoes. AH HA!!! No numbness!! Put on my Brooks saddle, left on old shoes. No numbness!!!
The shoes FEEL like they fit. My toes aren't scrunched up, they aren't too lose. I can walk in them just fine, etc... but for some reason, when on the bike I lose feeling in like 15 minutes of pedaling.
My heart is filled with remorse. Farewell ugly ass shoes that could have been perfect had you not wronged my beautiful feet so greatly. We could have had something. I only even looked at 5.10 shoes because of your M1 armor like ankle protection. But now that I have drunk of the sweet stealth sole nectar- I can't stop and must find a loving foot partner that can deliver me that stickyness without numbness. Hopefully it is the Zebra Blue Freerides, they are almost as ugly as you are.