Kevin Kwrote a review of Five Ten Kestrel Lace-Up Shoe - Men's on August 26, 2016
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I freaking love these shoes. Everything I didn't adore from the Kestrel Boa Five Ten came back with the Kestrel Lace and blew it out of the water. First and foremost, the Kestrel Boa is a stiff shoe, not only in the shank, but also in the upper materials. The Lace version offers a bit more flexibility in the shank making it more comfortable to walk in or long days in the saddle where some give is appreciated. In addition to the more flexible shank, the upper is more forgiving providing better next to foot comfort. I also credit the laces to providing a bit more comfort across the tongue, as opposed to the Boa steel wire. Weight is not super light, but manageable. Stealth sole provides outstanding grip when finding your pedals, or while mid hike-a-bike.
The only issue I've had with the Kestrel Lace's was that I had an issue with the cleat plate threads cracking. Admittedly, I did not use grease on the threads. Luckily there is a slit in the shoe under the insole to easily replace the cleat plate. While I had other shoes to ride while I was waiting on new cleat plates, I was really wishing I could lace up the Kestrels. Word to the wise, use grease when installing your cleats and don't hamfist them.