Best mtb flat shoes other than five ten

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    • #582163

      Could anyone recommend a pair of mtb flat shoes with ankle coverage I’ve always used five ten’s but after a recent purchase of some trail cross mid pro, I’m considering another brand as they are terrible in the slightest wet weather. I don’t use spd or clippless so options seem limited thanks in advance

    • #582191

      Running five tens myself and they are fine but next pair will be ride concepts.

    • #582196

      I flip flop between the Giro Riddance and Ride Concepts Livewire and find the Giro Riddance has a small amount of padding around the ankle, so I imagine their Mid version with ankle protection is probably quite comfortable: https://www.competitivecyclist.com/giro-riddance-mid-cycling-shoe-mens

      Ride Concepts has a flat shoe with ankle protection, cant remember the name but all their shoes has a D30-cushioned insole if that matters to you, ie, you think you’ll be walking around in them a lot post-ride. Hope that helps!

    • #582245

      Also very interested in this thread as I’ve found my Five Tens to be horrible (dangerous) in wet weather.  ……and where i live it’s wet 5 out of 7 days a week. : (

    • #582246

      Thanks for the comments will check out the options, I find the five ten soles are still good but the upper isn’t as good as they used to be👍🏻

    • #582256

      I like my Five Ten’s, it’s the only MTB shoe I’ve ever tried though. Would buy again, but I might try another brand next time. We will see.

    • #582385

      I much prefer an approach shoe for use with flat pedals over a dedicated MTB flat shoe. Now caveat, I clip in for all my trail rides. I only use the approach shoes for commuting, but they grip my flat pedals really, really well being made from the same grippy rubber used in rock climbing and flat shoes. They are more “boot like” and seem to be of higher quality than flat shoes which seem to borrow too many construction cues from skating and fashion.

      La Sportiva TX2

      La Sportiva TX4

      La Sportiva TX4 Mid

      The only drawback that I can tell is that they are a bit less stiff than a dedicated cycling shoe, but for me this doesn’t seem to be a problem since I use large platforms. They also have a more open tread pattern which might not grip your pedal quite as well but will give you better purchase when you need to hike a bike.

      Anyway I use these for all my city riding, and my feet don’t bother me on rides up to an hour or so just getting around. Might be worth a try if you really are unsatisfied with the flat pedals available.

    • #582423

      Please let us know what you choose. I am also less than happy with my 510 trailcross. I am amazed at the lack of mtb shoes with ankle protection, but I guess it is just a lack of sales or more options would be out there. I am looking into the RC shoes,and will most likely buy a pair soon.

    • #582512

      Pfft! With most MTB specific shoes being like strapping 1″ plywood to my feet along with the lack of a service life, no thankya! Either I run approach shoes or for a better experience, my trials shoes are plain awesome for trail rippin’. Frankly, an old pair of ROM or Waffle Racers work wonders since they have a similar feel to trials shoes. Basis of all is indeed, trials!

    • #582519

      Sunspot,

      I use to use trail running shoes, nice feel, comfortable, super light, but I hit my toes way to many times, pretty painful (numb at times), but with the Five Tens this has not happen, maybe once or twice, and it’s been almost a year. Never got that feeling since. Lot’s more padding now a days.

    • #582610

      Ride Concepts!

    • #584211

      GJmtb
      Sunspot,

      I use to use trail running shoes, nice feel, comfortable, super light, but I hit my toes way to many times, pretty painful (numb at times), but with the Five Tens this has not happen, maybe once or twice, and it’s been almost a year. Never got that feeling since. Lot’s more padding now a days.

      BB height can do that to a bloke! I too have several pair of 5-10 Guide Tennies. Love the hell out of em but the old Waffle Racers are weightless by comparison and duplicate the feel of my Ribo trials shoes as close as I have found any other shoe. Now there is that natural feel and feedback through the pedals that speaks volumes. The Guides are nice but deaden that feedback which I frown upon. The low BB thing pisses me off cause getting stuck on a speed bump in front of the package store and calling AAA to get my bike towed is embarrassing!

    • #584212

      Right now I’m using the Unparallel Sport shoe called Dust Up. If you’re on the hunt for all out grip these are incredible. They’re high-ish top. The only change I’d make is to add a thicker toe cap. I’ll definitely buy again.

    • #585421

      Shimano ME5 SPD ?

    • #585468

      fjoksls
      Shimano ME5 SPD ?

      For use with platform pedals? Somehow that just doesn’t jive.

    • #585705

      I personally do not use bike specific shoes, I have been using Sketcher Vigor 2.0 for five years for biking, hiking, and everyday use. I just change out the strings for quick laces.

       

       

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