Tom M.

Tom M.

Tom M.'s Bio

Tom M.'s Passions

Tom M.

Tom M.wrote a review of on May 28, 2020

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

With almost thirty years of MTB, I've gone through multiple Sidi shoes and boots that were great but then decided to do a trans Alp. After reading several reviews, bought this and the NW Spider. specifically to address the hike a bike, something that never usually entered into my repertoire. BLUF is that the NW were much better suited for that task but this review is for the FIVE TEN. I liked the lacing system ease of use for getting in and out of the shoe. The fit was good, about the same as the Sidi Dominators but the problem comes with the sole stiffness. It is a very clunky sole that does not bend, (I weigh in at 115Kg body and pack) and therefore during a hike a bike, my heels came up out of the shoe, not what I want in the Alps. The Dominator comes with a heel adjustment so that at least during a hike a bike your heel is held in place as you stiffly climb those 30% grades. The heel stays in place on the NW but that has a different retention system. I'm a Candy guy, and the cleats need the spacer to allow you to click out quickly. Otherwise, you're almost welded to your pedals.
Overall, the shoe is satisfactory as long as you stay in the saddle. With a stiff sole the power transfer is about as good as any of the Sidis I've had, though a bit more comfortable in the fit. Walking in the shoe is little different than with the Sidis with the same clomping except perhaps with more surface area on the FIVE TEN I didn't feel unsafe while walking on wet pavement. The cleats can be set up to remain below the tread, so no surface damage or risk of sliding on tiles. It's a shoe that looks and acts great while you're in the saddle, otherwise, it's not hike a bike compatible.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Tom M.

Tom M.wrote a review of on January 30, 2020

3 5

I have the predecessor model that in essence is the same design and fit. No complaints there. It fits great and snug, although I was drawn in by the appearance that the newer model covered lower on the back of the head.
The fit and adjustment is equally as great as its predecessor, but the visor is more firmly attached and clicks through adjustments nicely.
The disappointments rest with the coverage design and the accessories.

There are two considerable sized holes on the top of the helmet that if you did an endo could end up with a nice short circuit from an unfortunate landing in scree or branches. This might have been done for ventilation reasons, but it was already working perfectly before so now it's just dangerous. The previous model has at least full coverage with the honeycomb and the angles to the head from the shell are not as direct.
I started using goggles and the last model had clips to mount for the strap, which don't exist with the new model, and for the helmet cam crowd, there's not an adapter for one on this model compared to the last.

Like I said, I was drawn to this helmet because it looked lower on the back of the head, but it's the same model with the same fit as the year earlier and less safety and gimmicks. If it wasn't such a pain, I'd return it to get a different helmet for my transalp.

(0)

 

0 Comments