Five Ten loved what it had going with its original Freerider shoe so much that it decided more riders could benefit from the shoe if it made a few tweaks and changes to the design. More than a few tweaks and changes later, the Freerider line has grown considerably, and the Freerider ELC Men's Shoe was born out of a desire to make a version capable of handling the demands of destructive all-mountain and enduro terrain. To do this, the designers at Five Ten started with the midsole, stiffening it more than the original Freerider into a rigid platform ready to transfer power without wasting hard-earned watts, giving you license to blast through tight and twisty lines and take big hits while maintaining a strong connection to the pedals.
On the outside of the shoe, an upper made from a mix of synthetic and leather panels comes complete with a polyurethane coating, giving the Freerider ELC plenty of reinforcement for the times you dump your bike flying around a gravelly switchback. To give the shoe a slim, contoured fit around your foot, Five Ten gave the Freerider a lace-up closure but protected it from mud and debris with a wide hook-and-loop strap that closes over the top. Of course, Five Ten finishes the shoe with its popular non-marking Stealth Phantom rubber outsole and Dotty tread, making sure you'll have some traction during tight sections necessitating quick thinking and walking only.
- Non-marking Stealth Phantom outsole and Dotty tread
- PU-coated leather and synthetic upper
- Hook-and-loop strap over laces
- One-piece molded midsole
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Sizing down is a mistake
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: True to size
I liked this shoe but I ended up returning. I bought my last pair, Spitfires, several years ago and I had to size down from 9 to 8.5, and those 8.5's are still a bit too big.. I bought this pair of Freerider ELC thinking i would need to size down again but this time 8.5 was way too small & much narrower. I ended up going with the regular Freerider, but still went with my normal size 9 and it fits perfect. I'm not sure but it seems like FiveTen may have changed something with sizing in recent years.. I guess this is more of a heads up than a review. Moral of the story is go with your regular size and it's spot on. Otherwise, FiveTen shoes rule!!