The black bird.
When you and your go-anywhere trail bike head out for a day of quality one-on-one time, you don't place any limits on where the day might take you. Enter Five Ten's versatile Maltese Falcon Shoe. If you and your machine happen to discover miles of tacky singletrack begging to be torn up, you'll want a shoe you can slam into the pedals and not think about again as you sweep through corners and rally over rollers. Then again, if the day's adventures find you pedaling over rocky cruxes then hopping off your bike to escort it along the side of a serious cliff, the lightest, most speed-focused shoe on the market won't help you much. Five Ten strikes an admirable balance with the Maltese, whose name suggests that—like the plot of a certain classic novel—there's more going on than meets the eye.
Regardless, the shoe's sleek leather uppers and simple, effective design make it a trustworthy companion on fast rides and technical days alike. Five Ten designed the lug pattern on the rubber sole to make clipping in and out quick and easy and give you grip on treacherous sections of trail. It's got a soft EVA midsole for cushioning as well as a combination lace-up and hook-and-loop closure to allow you to customize the fit of the shoe, ensuring security without undue restriction. We can't promise the Maltese Falcon will give you the moody confidence of a 1930's detective, but it might come close.
- Stealthy clipless shoes for technical trail riding endeavors
- Works with 2-bolt mountain cleats and pedals
- Stealth S1 rubber outsole for all-conditions traction