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Five Ten Freerider vs. Freerider Pro: MTB Shoes Review

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Five Ten has been the gold standard in mountain bike footwear seemingly since the dawn of time. The Freerider is easily one of the brand’s most popular shoes, and the Freerider lineup has grown over the years to include different materials, styles, and sizes to fit virtually all rider types and sizes.

Today the brand offers two main Freerider models: Freerider and Freerider Pro. The key differences between the two comes down to stiffness and the construction of the shoe. The Freerider Pro provides a more supportive pedaling platform with a sleeker, more form-fitting upper, while the Freerider is more geared toward comfort with a casual style. Both versions feature the signature Stealth S1 Dotty rubber sole offering plenty of traction. Read on to get more details for each shoe, and to find out how each pair performs.

Eco-friendly and Primeblue

With a legacy of making the grippiest shoes on the market, it’s hard to come up with new ways to innovate and improve on an already excellent product. In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint, Five Ten has given their highly revered Freerider and Freerider Pro flat pedal shoes an eco-friendly facelift, bringing the same excellent grip to riders with a more environmentally friendly approach, paving the way for a greener future. 

We tested the Freerider and Freerider Pro featuring Primeblue, a textile created from recycled plastic, harvested from the ocean, and woven into a high-performance fabric. Five Ten also offers non-Primeblue versions of the Freerider and Freerider Pro shoes which also make use of some recycled materials.

Freerider Pro Primeblue

The Five Ten Freerider Pro is one of the most popular flat pedal shoes on the market for a reason. Featuring Five Ten’s famous Stealth rubber soles with their iconic Dotty tread pattern, these low-profile kicks will keep your feet stuck to your pedals with comfort and style.

The teal color of this women’s version brings a nice splash to what is generally a fairly drab category of footwear. The “Hazy Emerald” synthetic uppers are made of 75% Primeblue fabric. With no virgin polyester in the textiles, you can feel great about looking this good. 

The shoe is slim-fitting with a low profile. I like how light these shoes feel, and the fact that they are comfortable enough to wear on and off the bike. A molded EVA midsole and ortholite sock liner provide plenty of comfort and support, while the triple-layered toe box saved my toes from numerous encounters of the rocky kind. 

The Freerider Pros appear to have a lower stack height than their more skate-shoe-like Freerider cousin, with a fairly thin yet stiff sole. This helped me feel more planted on the pedals, riding the bike rather than floating on top of it. I also like that the toe box isn’t as aggressively curled up like the Freeriders, allowing my foot to settle more naturally.

Five Ten Freerider vs. Freerider Pro: MTB Shoes Review