Five Ten’s New Impact Pro DH Shoe

The new Impact Pro from Five Ten (all photos: Aaron Chamberlain)

Five Ten was showcasing their new Impact Pro downhill shoe in their booth at Crankworx Whistler. The Impact Pro returns to the formula that made the original Impacts the dominant shoe for gravity riding: great rubber paired with great durability. Gone is the Mi6 rubber from the Impact VXi; in it’s place is the original S1 compound.

The pattern on the outsole is revised significantly, and Five Ten uses a unique outsole for each individual size. Doing so allowed them to situate the knobs so that the tread at the very edge is consistent. Before, using a single size of the outsole meant the knobs just stopped wherever. Small intermediate knobs were added to minimize float on the pedals. Check out the photo below for a comparison between the new and old.

The new outsole (top) compared to the old

Another change is a polyurethane midsole that’s 30% thinner than the previous EVA foam midsole. Five Ten chose polyurethane because it rebounds faster than EVA, which keeps the shoes from packing up on repeated hits.

Of course protection is vital on a shoe like this, and the Impacts don’t skimp on that front. An impact absorbing foam called Poron is used inside the toe box to protect your little piggies. The synthetic outer should shrug off scrapes and is said to be easy to clean.

The speckled area is the polyurethane foam midsole

Three colors will be available when the shoes hit stores in February 2018: black/gold; navy; and black/camo. Retail is $160. Available at Adidas.com

Metal eyelets for laces have been replaced with welded slits
Black and camo colorway

Sleuth Slip-On

At the other end of the spectrum, Five Ten offers the Sleuth slip-on. You’re not going to want to wear these while shredding double black diamonds — they’re a casual shoe for cruising to the office, school, or bar. The mesh construction makes for a light and breathable shoe.

The Sleuth slip-ons will be available in brown or grey colorways with a retail price of $70. Available at Adidas.com

Flat pedal-friendly sole on the Sleuth

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