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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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Sticky, Durable, Comfortable

    I have 6+ months on these, they do require a week or to to break in but once that is over they are golden.

    I've been impressed and I'll be picking up another pair when these ones wear out. From the looks I have another few months before I need a new pair.

    Good, but may need some break in time

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10.5

    Overall I'm happy with these shoes. Excellent grip and they just feel solid. But I do have a bit of an issue with fit. I have a high instep and the seem to put pressure on the top of my foot. I have to fool arou d with alternate lacings, and maybe they just need to break in a bit.

    Good shoe, runs a bit narrow

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 9.5 M

    Overall, I liked this shoe right out of the box. It has a great sole, super sticky, flat in the ball of foot area (lightly treaded elsewhere), and appropriate stiffness for us flat peddlers. The shoe looks and feels like good quality. My only beef is the width. This is not entirely the shoe's fault. I normally wear an E/EE width shoe. However, many D width shoes will stretch to accommodate especially for shorter periods of time where specialized shoes. That said, don't count on this shoe being able to do that. Not gonna happen. In 20 mins my feet go numb from constriction, even with the laces fully stretched and open. So, I am disappointed in the end and will pass a nearly new pair of shoes onto my son. Kinda bummed,

    Exceeded expectations

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

    Initial fit involved a little toe bang but that quickly went away after break in. 3 months on them and I'm impressed.

    Super grip, great support and very durable so far.

    Hold Up Well

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9.5

    I'm on my second season in these and they have held up pretty well. They definitely are showing signs of wear, but this is to be expected with how many miles I've put on them. The Stealth Mi6 sole keeps me on my flats in hairy spots and they are burly enough to protect my feet from rockier trails. I really couldn't ask for much more in a mountain biking shoe. I am a size 9.5 in most shoes and found this to fit true to size.

    ok shoe, not great, expensive

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 9.5

    A bit about myself to put my review in the context. For many years I have been road cycling and when I moved to Colorado in the 1995 I started to Mountain bike mostly cross-country with stiff shoes clipped in. About 5 years I got a bit more seriously into the trail and all mountain biking with jumps etc. Last year I switched to flat pedal setup on my all mountain/trail rig. I have been using an old skate boarding Nike shoe since my purchase of the 5-10.. It worked ok, but fairly inefficient and my feet were sore after extended rides over a couple of hours. My foot generally is very stiff, square and high arch so I need a lot of support or my feet take a beating.
    About a month ago, I decided to upgrade to a real dedicated flat pedal shoe . I have tried the 5-10 originals but found them to have too much padding , bulky and making my feet too hot. They were a little stiffer then my old skateboard shoes but I was not comfortable in them. Because of that, I settled on the Contacts. In comparison to the originals, they were fairly light, low profile, supportive and vented well, a closer match to what I expect in a biking shoe.

    Off the bike they are very comfortable with decent looks, but runs about half size too small, because of the toe box reinforcement. I anticipated that due to other reviews .
    On my bike setup I am am not finding the amazing grip that everyone rave about. Don't get me wrong, they are ok in terms of grip but not mind blowing. Similar to the grip I got with my old Nikes. Perhaps its the combination of OEM pedal pins, and my pedaling technique.... Their shape is also little narrow for my pedals so its making uneven contact. Because of that, I find that my shoe slips more then I like. Also the transition between the very flexible front, and the very stiff EVA midsole is too drastic. The back of the shoe feels like a piece of wood but the front under the ball of my foot is very soft and flexible. Just strange sensation and its hard to explain unless you try the shoe. I wish the bottom front of the shoe was a bit more stiff .and and closer match to the back. Perhaps that is what I am used to from riding many years with in clipless setup.

    The durability on these Contacts is very good so far,, after about 30 rides, through mud, water, rock gardens, sand, gravel etc, they still look new. Time will tell if they last more then a year. A general consensus is that this is a one season shoe. I will continue using them til they wear out, however I am not sure if I will buy them again.

    You shouldn't try the OEM pedals - to get the real flat pedal experience, you need good pedals AND 5.10. Something like the Canfield Crampon is the gold standard...of course you can find some thin flat pedals here too.

    Love em

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    What a great pair of shoes. Super sticky souls keep my feet on the pedals. When I first put them on they feel a little snug, but within minutes I forget I'm wearing them. Even after many hours they still feel great on me feet. I use them with Deity Decoy pedal and it's a great combo. Highly recommended.

    Killer shoes

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

    I got these for my son's Enduro riding and racing. He is totally digging them. This is his first pair of Five Tens and they have been is favorite shoe to date. They are very comfortable, super grippy, and seem to be very durable. He commented they are very breathable as well... which is ideal for our hot Utah summers. As a growing 14 year old, I am sure we will be buying another, larger pair before too long!

    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.

      Get a Grip

      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: 1h 8m 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!