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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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Still the best

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

Over the years I have ridden many different flat pedal shoes. Though I have found other worthy adversaries, I always seem to find my way back to the Freerider. The combination of sticky rubber and a comfortable last brings me back every time. In a competitive field the Freerider stands atop the podium yet again.

Solid design

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 10.0

Super breathable, great toe protection, and grips like no other. I have read there are issues with delam, but haven't seen any issues arise yet.

Get 'em!

    the stealth rubber is a thing of beauty when combined with a set of platform pedals, super tacky, never loses pedal contact while under power. Super durable shoes able to take a beating on the trail, but comfy enough to wear to the post ride beverage sport. Comfy right out of the box!


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

    i love 5ten, its simply the best rubber for biking. sadly this will be the... I cant even count how many times ive had these shoes warrantied because the sole starts to peel off and hole being to form. i put up with it simply because they are some of the best shoes for biking. I dont know how the put up with me but big ups to 5ten!

    Sticky Soles

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

    Sticky rubber compound perfect for gripping flat mtn bike pedals. They hold their own on hike-a-bike sections as well.

    Get a Grip

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

    Five Ten is an industry leader regarding mountain bike footwear. These shoes live up to their name being extremely durable, offering tons of grip, and a stylish design.

    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

      Avg. ride time: 4h 38m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      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