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Rip with a raptor.

There are different schools of thought on the freeride pedal question. Some folks like to run flats because they can get away from the bike in a hurry if they need to and it's easier to get on the bike and drop in without having to clip in, especially in gnarly terrain. Others like the feel of being connected to the bike and the pedal-power that clipless pedals provide. With this argument in mind, Five Ten may very well have made the perfect freeride/DH shoe. Not only does the Maltese Falcon give you the option of running clipless or flats, but it also has a stiff-but-sensitive shank that provides all the pedaling benefits of a stiff-soled XC shoe and all the pedal-feel benefits of a dedicated DH shoe.

There are four basic ingredients that make the Maltese Falcon so good. The first is Five Ten's sticky Stealth S1 Rubber outsole. 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. The next ingredient is the stiff-but-sensitive shank that provides a solid pedaling platform without taking away from pedal feel or the natural flex of the shoe. The third is densely padded collar and heel counter that keep your heel firmly locked into the shoe and provide impact protection during the inevitable digger. A Velcro ankle strap beefs up the already-beefy ankle support for a firm-but-natural fit. The final ingredient is the burly, abrasion-resistant leather upper that holds up to season-after-season of ridiculous off-road abuse.

The Five Ten Maltese Falcon is available in half sizes from US 6-12 and then a full-size leap to 13. The color is Raven's Eye Grey with Black and Red accents.

  • Leather uppers
  • Stealth Rubber outsole
  • Velcro ankle strap
  • Padded collar and heel

Tech Specs

Upper Material:
Action leather
lace, hook-and-loop strap
Stealth S1 rubber
Cleat Compatibility:
two-hole mountain
Claimed Weight:
[single, size 9] 16 oz
Recommended Use:
freeride, downhill
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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Runs small and narrow

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:Runs small

This appears to be a quality shoe, as the reputation suggest. Well made, nice thick sole, bit heavy, but should work well for the intended job, HOWEVER, they run small and narrow.

I usually wear 11.5 in most shoes, sometimes size 12 depending on the brand, such as Merrill hiking shoes, or Sketchers casual type shoes. Wear size 11.5 Lakes which are a bit big but work. I heard these run a bit large but went ahead and got size 12 anyways thinking Id rather have them too big instead of too small. Well size 12 is quite tight and I'd think I need at least a size 13 in these, but even then, they are a narrow shoe in the toe box. My little toe feels very cramped and like its rubbing on the side of the shoe. Larger size might fit a bit better, but this isn't the typical large toe box "skate" type shoe fit. I'd suggest ordering up a size

Avg. ride time: 5h 9m per week
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Clip in with confidence

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

I have put these shoes through it all and can confirm that they will hold up to anything and everything.

I originally purchased these shoes to use primarily as a DH shoe. After wearing them for a few days in the bike park I was stoked on how comfortable these were. Since then I have been wearing them as my everyday riding shoe throughout the week and for a dh shoe on the weekend.

The sole isn't as stiff as a dedicated xc shoe but the loss of pedaling efficiency wearing these shoes is somewhat unnoticeable. They are a very tough shoe and you can feel that when you put them on. They give you some added confidence from the rugged feel they have.

Also, if you're doing any hike-a-biking these are very easy to negotiate rocky terrain in compared to a xc shoe.

After about 7 months and ~1600 miles these are still holding up. I might have to replace the laces soon, and there is a small piece of rubber missing near the front of the shoe, but other than that they are still holding up great!

Photo: New vs Old

Clip in with confidence
Unanswered Question

How stiff are the soles on these shoes? are they pretty much solid like most clipon shoes I have tried, or are they "soft" like a normal shoe, looking to use them for some mild hiking as well


Good Shoe

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

You can read below all the reasons this is a great shoe. I've enjoyed riding it and they are the best I've worn when you need to jump off the bike. Here are the two reasons they aren't 5 star worthy for me.

#1: Toe box fit. The toe box is narrow and puts a good bit of pressure on my outside toes. Over time it got a bit better, but especially so after I forded a river in them.

#2: Don't get them wet. It will help stretch the material and help form to your foot, but it took two days in the sun to get them dry after stepping in a river. Even sweat takes a long drying period.


Great Shoe

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

I'm an XC to all mountain rider and I will never wear another type of shoe again. These shoes are rugged, durable and comfortable! You can actually hike a bike with these because they have excellent traction and support. Most importantly they clip in great even though the cleat is recessed.

Any idea when you guys will have the 2014...

Any idea when you guys will have the 2014 version available? They have started popping up at a couple of other sites, but nobody does customer service like Backcountry!

Hey reeseb1500604,

Thank you for your question.

We have an order for new inventory of the 2014 model coming in this month! They should be posted on the site within the next week or two.

I hope that this helps.


Falcons get it done

    This shoe paired up with a great mini platform trail pedal is a great combination for those who want the best of both worlds. These shoes are comfy right out of the box. Not too stiff, but stiff enough for a trail rider who wants the feel of a platform show with the efficiency of a clipless set up. I've put a number of Five Ten shoes through the paces and these are no exception. For trail riding and mobbin' enduro, I'd recommend these.

    Watch out for the new 2014 Maltese Falcon Race dropping spring of 2014. They are just what the doctor ordered, but not quite as mellow a shoe compared to these. Definitely more of a race shoe.

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    Photo of the sole

    Photo of the sole
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    The perfect trail/AM shoe

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

    The best performing 'skate' style shoe for trail/all mountain riding with SPD compatibility that I have found.

    Fit and function is great. Light enough for all day riding.

    The soles are super stiff which is great for SPD use. The only downside of the soles are that the SPD cleat area is not recessed enough making it slightly taller than the sole (can lead to faster wear if you walk on them a lot).

    The soles started separating around the SPD cutout after about 5 days of use on the first pair that I had. Thanks to excellent customer service, this was quickly resolved and the second pair is holding up so far (I gave it 4 stars for durability).

    Hey Stan, can't tell if the accent on these is red or orange... what do you think?


    Sturdy shoes

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

    These shoes are pretty cool. They look like normal shoes which means you can ride to work and not have to worry about bringing shoes to change into. The Velcro strap is great to keep the laces out of the way when pedaling. I have found my feet do not get too hot in these, which is surprising because they don't have much ventilation. The material and construction is high quality and the rubber on the sole still looks new after much use. One downside is that my SPD cleats are slightly taller than the surrounding rubber on the sole. This means the cleats can grind on the surface you are walking on, I only notice it when I am walking on concrete. Not a big deal. I would recommend these to people that want a durable mountain bike shoe with a "normal" shoe look and aren't too worried about the weight of the shoe.


    well they don't look like bike shoes

      Let me preface by saying I love the Five Ten Chase shoe! These have the exact same fit and feel! Sans the plate underfoot.

      These are my first pair of spd shoes so I don't have anything to compare them too

      the good:

      Really burly stealth rubber doesn't seem to wear and have enough grip to still hike a bike even with cleats.

      Super comfortable and very breathable. The velcro strap is nice for a quick tighter feel or to loosen for some airflow.

      The bad;

      nothing really. The they do seem to hold water in the foot bed if you step in a creek.

      All in all; Awesome!

      Here they are after nearly 30 miles on the Smith Creek\ Plains of Abraham ride at St. Helens

      well they don't look like bike shoes

      Midway of Smith Creek\Plains of Abraham

      Some where on the distant ridge is where I left my car...

      Midway of Smith Creek\Plains of Abraham

      NOW I feel connected to the bike.

      • Gender:Male
      • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      These shoes are super comfortable. They look like skate shoes, but have a rigid sole to keep your feet from getting weary. You can walk around with crank bros cleats and they don't click and scrape while you walk on flat ground, you can drive in them too. I got them in early winter and they are warmer than my specialized shoes which are made with a lot of venting. we'll see if that's a bad thing in the Utah summer.

      The best thing about these shoes is that with my acid pedals, they click in easy and the shoe tread contacts the rest of of the pedal body giving you a larger platform that you can feel so they don't have that "tippy toe" feeling like if you were riding on egg beater pedals. you can feel connected to the platform as well. I bet these would work great with any hybrid clip/flat pedals like the new XT trail or CB mallets and of course my Acids.

      NOW I feel connected to the bike.