Thanks to the absence of Teva, Five Ten is having no trouble swooping up even more of the mountain bike footwear market. Recently, their focus has shifted to women’s footwear which was an obvious hole in their lineup. Introducing the women’s Freerider Contact as well as both a men’s and a women’s version of the new Kestrell Lace, Five Ten is starting to fill that void.
While those two are the big new releases, Five Ten was also showing a few sneak peeks of things to come including a new Freerider Lace Cover and the return of the Sam Hill signature shoe…
Starting with the basic form of the men’s Freerider Contact, the women’s version uses a specific last as well as changes in the overall shape. Those changes include a narrower profile and a cutback heel to better fit most women’s feet. Offered in two colors, expect to see these around late February.
Five Ten will be offering a lace version of the Kestrel along side the Boa Version. Using a similar form, the Kestrel Lace is built on a thin profile with EVA foam and S1 rubber front and rear. Harder rubber is used around the cleat pocket for easier entry and exit. Available in both men’s and women’s, you should see these hit stores around March 1.
Apart from the wild colors, Five Ten will be making a splash with their new Freerider Lace Covers. Using a non-marking Phantom rubber sole, the shoes will still be grippy enough for riding, but won’t leave black streaks on your kitchen floor. You won’t see these until sometime next Spring.
Finally, the Sam Hill signature shoe makes a triumphant return. Using an S1 rubber outsole, the Sam Hill includes an entirely new upper that is focused on durability. The laces are now run through eyelets, and the upper material has an extremely abrasion resistant coating to prevent wear. Available in January.