JulieKwrote a review of Five Ten Freerider Cycling Shoe - Women's on March 25, 2019
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have put these to the test on ultra-distance mountain bike and bikepacking rides, and they are without a doubt the most comfortable over the long haul. I have done the same with the Specialized 2FO, the Five Ten Freerider Contact shoes, and the Freerider Pro. Although the others all have stiffer soles, and many would *assume* that would mean better pedaling performance on long rides, what that meant for me is that my feet developed painful sore spots. This never happened with the good old Freeriders. Even though mine are practically falling apart, I choose them for long rides when I have all of these nicer newer looking shoes to choose from. I should have stayed with them, and saved myself a lot of money trying so-called stiffer-soled "better climbers". I never have trouble sliding off of the pedal (as with the 2FO's). The traction is as good as it gets. The negative is that with all sticky-rubber soled shoes, you are going to see them wear more quickly than less sticky rubber. I believe that's just the nature of the rubber compound. It's a trade-off I'm willing to make.