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Five Ten Impact Pro Flat Mountain Bike Shoe ReviewBest Flat Mountain Bike Shoe Review

  • Grip 90% 90%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 100% 100%
  • Protection 90% 90%
  • Comfort 60% 60%
  • Breathability 30% 30%
  • Durability 90% 90%
  • Wet Weather Performance 90% 90%

Rubber Type: Stealth S1

Rubber Pattern: Multi Dot

Weight: 550g

Upper Material: Synthetic

Price: $111.93 – $159.90

What We Like: Unbeatable power transfer and foot protection, Great grip on and off the bike

What We Don’t: Sole is too stiff for many riders

The Five Ten Impact Pro recently replaced the Five Ten Impact VXi as Five Ten’s most downhill/big hit-oriented flat mountain bike shoe. The Impact VXi was certainly a shoe that offered a great deal of protection, but it was also so stiff and bulky that it deadened trail feedback, which caused many downhillers to choose the Five Ten Freerider Pro instead. It also paired Five Ten’s beefiest, burliest upper with their grippy but fragile Mi6 rubber compound, which meant that the Impact VXi’s sole shredded rather quickly. With the launch of the Impact Pro, Five Ten aims to right those wrongs and make the shoe that the impact VXi had the potential to become.

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Shimano GR9

  • Grip 90% 90%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 80% 80%
  • Protection 80% 80%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Breathability 70% 70%
  • Durability 100% 100%
  • Wet Weather Performance 100% 100%

Pros

Comfortable

Amazing Grip

Great in Wet Weather

Cons

Difficult to readjust on the pedals

Rubber Type: Michelin

Rubber Pattern: Full Tread

Weight: 365g

Upper Material: Synthetic Leather

Five Ten Freerider Pro

  • Grip 90% 90%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 90% 90%
  • Protection 80% 80%
  • Comfort 70% 70%
  • Breathability 50% 50%
  • Durability 90% 90%
  • Wet Weather Performance 90% 90%

Pros

Amazing grip without making it difficult to readjust foot position

Cons

Sole is too stiff for some riders

Rubber Type: Stealth S1

Rubber Pattern: Full Dot

Weight: 396.89g

Upper Material: Synthetic Leather

Shimano GR7

  • Grip 90% 90%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 80% 80%
  • Protection 80% 80%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Breathability 90% 90%
  • Durability 100% 100%
  • Wet Weather Performance 90% 90%

Pros

Comfortable

Amazing Grip

Great in Wet Weather

Very Breathable

Cons

Difficult to readjust on the pedals

Rubber Type: Michelin

Rubber Pattern: Full Tread

Weight: 396.9g

Upper Material: Perforated Synthetic with Mesh

Five Ten Freerider Contact

  • Grip 100% 100%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 80% 80%
  • Protection 70% 70%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Breathability 70% 70%
  • Durability 30% 30%
  • Wet Weather Performance 50% 50%

Pros

Unbeatable Grip

Easy to adjust feat

Comfortable

Cons

Worst in review durability

Rubber Type: Stealth Mi6

Rubber Pattern: Half Dot

Weight: 389.8g

Upper Material: Textile/Synthetic Leather

Five Ten Freerider

  • Grip 90% 90%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 50% 50%
  • Protection 50% 50%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Breathability 70% 70%
  • Durability 70% 70%
  • Wet Weather Performance 80% 80%

Pros

Amazing grip without making it difficult to readjust foot position

Cons

Not as durable as Freerider Pro

Sole lacks rigidity for maximum power transfer

Rubber Type: Stealth S1

Rubber Pattern: Full Dot

Weight: 418.15g

Upper Material: Suede/Mesh

Afton Keegan

  • Grip 70% 70%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 60% 60%
  • Protection 70% 70%
  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Breathability 50% 50%
  • Durability 90% 90%
  • Wet Weather Performance 80% 80%

Pros

Mono-directional shank makes for unbeatable rigidity on the bike and comfort off of it

Cons

Less grippy than top picks

Rubber Type: Intact Rubber

Rubber Pattern: Skate Style

Weight: 396.89g

Upper Material: Synthetic Leather

Five Ten Impact Pro

  • Grip 90% 90%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 100% 100%
  • Protection 90% 90%
  • Comfort 60% 60%
  • Breathability 30% 30%
  • Durability 90% 90%
  • Wet Weather Performance 90% 90%

Pros

Unbeatable power transfer and foot protection

Great grip on and off the bike

Cons

Sole is too stiff for some riders

Rubber Type: Stealth S1

Rubber Pattern: Multi Dot

Weight: 550g

Upper Material: Synthetic

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch

  • Grip 40% 40%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 90% 90%
  • Protection 80% 80%
  • Comfort 70% 70%
  • Breathability 70% 70%
  • Durability 100% 100%
  • Wet Weather Performance 30% 30%

Pros

Durable, Stiff

Great Foot Protection

Cons

Vibram rubber lacks grip

Rubber Type: Vibram Megagrip

Rubber Pattern: Full Dot

Weight: 406g

Upper Material: Bonded, Seamless

Giro Riddance

  • Grip 50% 50%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 90% 90%
  • Protection 80% 80%
  • Comfort 60% 60%
  • Breathability 80% 80%
  • Durability 80% 80%
  • Wet Weather Performance 30% 30%

Pros

Durable and Breathable

Cons

Vibram sole lacks grip

Rubber Type: Megagrip ISR

Rubber Pattern: Full Dot

Weight: 430g

Upper Material: Microfiber

Grip

The Five Ten Impact Pro features the same Stealth rubber compound found on most of Five Ten’s Freerider lineup. While a touch less grippy than the Mi6 rubber found on the old Impact VXi, the Stealth rubber is extremely grippy in its own right and feels much more at home on a flat mountain bike shoe that is obviously meant to take a beating.

While the Five Ten Impact Pro features the same Stealth rubber as the Freerider Pro, it uses a different tread pattern. Rather than the Full Dot tread pattern found on most of the Freerider line, the Impact Pro uses its own “multi dotty” tread pattern. Rather than the consistent, large, raised “dots” of the full dot pattern, the multi-dot pattern features these same large dots with smaller, pin-like dots in between them. This makes for a pattern that your pedal’s traction pins can really burrow in and hold onto, providing a locked in feeling similar to that found on Shimano’s Michelin made soles.

The front and rear of the shoe also feature a more traditional hiking shoe type tread pattern, which combines with the rest of the multi-dot pattern and stealth rubber to make a shoe with great traction for hike a bikes on just about any sort of terrain.

The trend of great traction on and off the bike continues in wet conditions. The Sole of the Five Ten Impact Pro would probably be our second choice, behind only the Michelin made sole of the Shimano GR9 and GR7.

Rigidity and Protection

The Freerider Pro is a bit pared down from its bulkier predecessors. However, it retains the same ultra stiff sole and protective capabilities that they were known for. Even stiffer than the Freerider Pro, the Five Ten Impact Pro features the most rigid sole in our review. Of course, this is great for long days in the saddle and for marathon races, but it definitely dulls trail feedback and takes away from the feeling of being connected with your pedals, which makes other Five Ten flat mountain bike shoes so popular.

That stiffness goes right in line with the Impact Pro’s heavily armored toe box. Together, they will help protect your little piggies in the case of high-speed get-offs in downhill and enduro situations, which are the types of riding that this shoe is obviously made for.

Comfort and Breathability

Of course, all of the stiffness and protection discussed above does not make for a terribly comfortable shoe off of the bike, or on the bike for that matter. However, as with all stiff soled shoes, you will be thankful for them late in the ride on long days.

With a tough synthetic upper that does not include the mesh side panels frequently found on flat mountain bike shoes, the Impact Pro is not a particularly well-ventilated shoe. Of course, the lack of mesh does make it more water resistant, but a lace cover similar to the one found on the Shimano GR9 would really bolster the Five Ten Impact Pro as an all-weather flat mountain bike shoe.

The stiffer sole and added bulk of the Five Ten Impact Pro means that it will also be a less suitable shoe for wearing around town than the Five Ten Freerider or Freerider Pro.

Durability

The number one issue with the Five Ten Impact VXi was the same as with the Five Ten Freerider contact, the ultra sticky Mi6 sole was easily shredded by sharp traction pins and had a tendency to want to delaminate. That has been remedied, and the Impact Pro’s Stealth sole will now survive countless hike a bikes up and over jagged rocks, as well as countless descents shredding down them. 

This is much more in keeping with what we would expect from such a robust shoe, and it is a perfect match for the Impact Pro’s rugged synthetic upper.

Additional Features

There is not too much to speak of in the way of additional features for the Five Ten Impact Pro. Its features are all centered around providing maximum rigidity, protection, and grip. And it does all of those things very well.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for a flat mountain bike shoe that provides maximum power transfer and maximum protection for your feet, then the Five Ten Impact Pro is a great option. The durability issues of the Impact VXi have been remedied by using Five Ten’s Stealth rubber on the sole, and the multi-dotty tread pattern offers great grip both on and off the bike.

Meanwhile, riders looking to have much trail feedback or a connected feeling with their pedals would still be better served by Freeriders.

Finally, a list price of ~$160 makes the Impact Pro a pricy choice, but still cheaper than an emergency room bill after breaking your toes!

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