Best Shoes for Riding Flat Pedals?

Discussion in 'Shoes' started by Mikie, Dec 20, 2014.



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  1. heyitsdave

    heyitsdave Member

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    Dave Gilbert
    Current Bike:
    29er single speed
    Where could I go try these things on locally?
     
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  2. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 Revel Rail
    Update: My Ride Concepts Hellions are fantasmic! Slightly stiffer in the sole than my 5.10 Impacts, and just a couple of millimeters more room - which is all I needed. Comfy, perform well, good on the hike-a-bikes. Ridden with Spank Spoons, Straitlines and DMR Vaults. When my 5.10 Kestrel Lace cleated shoes wear out, I will get the RC version.
     
  3. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 Revel Rail
    Nowhere right now, but if retailers open up and allow try-ons, The Path in Tustin usually has a good selection. But don't be a show-roomer. If you try them on there and they fit BUY THEM THERE! Don't try to save $5 by using the LBS as your personal shopper, then throw the shop under the economic bus and purchase through an online outfit.
     
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  4. heyitsdave

    heyitsdave Member

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    Dave Gilbert
    Current Bike:
    29er single speed
    I saw them there. They had a couple styles but we're way too heavy for my style of riding. I try to buy from those guys when I can. They were awesome when I bought my Sutra from them.
     
  5. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    I have weird feet, with narrow heel and arch, but real wide toes. Thirty years of wearing Birkenstocks! So I end up usually having to go up a half size so my little piggies have room to wiggle. Initially I like all three models, which I wasn't really planning on. Freeriders are clunkiest/heaviest, but will offer the most protection. Trailcross are really light and airy. Sleuth somewhere in the middle. Hopefully will decide today so I can get them back in the mail and credited ASAP!
     
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  6. bvader

    bvader iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    HB
    Name:
    Mr. Brown
    Grrr.... I have tried 11 and 11.5 Ride Concepts Powerlines... Seem like good shoes.... too small so far... so I am debating a 12
    They seem narrow to me...
    Maybe I should be trying the Hellions the Powerline are beefier which I like ... more support the better...

    Hmmmmm......
     
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  7. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    I ended up keeping the Sleuths... really like those! I also kept the Trailcross... don't like them as much, but if I ever do bikepacking/camping/exploratin' I can see how these would be good shoes. Real light and fast drying for all the creek crossings I will be doing in my head! These are both Adidas branded shoes, with a 5.10 logo screened/embossed on the side. They fit much truer to size, and I could have got away with size 10.5 rather than 11. Ended up going with size 11 for both as that gave me just a bit more room around my toes (see above). They definitely run narrow. The Freerides in contrast were fully 5.10 branded, and unfortunately seemed dated and lower build quality/design compared to the newer Adidas designed & branded shoes. They have the typical 5.10 fit, and no way I could get a 10.5 to fit. 11 was the minimum, maybe even an 11.5. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
     
  8. sir crashalot

    sir crashalot iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    laguna beach
    Name:
    gary fishman
    Current Bike:
    2018 banshee rune
    Hellions fit tighter than the powerlines, at least for me.
     
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  9. buggravy

    buggravy iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Calabasas
    Name:
    Matt
    Current Bike:
    Transition - Sentinel/Spur
    I decided to keep the Impact Pros. The fit is actually just fine, and ultimately doesn't feel too dissimilar from my Freeriders. But, after 2 days of riding I'm not sure if I can get used to them. I've been wearing my current Freeriders for a minute, and can't recall what they were like out of the box, but I feel like they were immediately right. The Impacts seem super stiff, with poor pedal feel, but also super tacky and hard to adjust placement. The sole also seems overly wide, to the point that I feel like I'm either standing on the bearing housing or off the outside of the pedal. I just got them for a little extra toe protection over the Freeriders on certain trails, but I think the venerable Freerider is going to be impossible to unseat for me.
     
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  10. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 Revel Rail
    @buggravy that's what I like about the Hellions. They fix the only things I didn't really like about my Impacts. A little less bulky, a little less vague, and a little less tacky. Plus a better overall fit. BUT - I'm not really a flat pedal guy for most riding. Just for descending extreme stuff. (Extreme to me). Maybe Joplin and the off-menu stuff around here (that I haven't ridden in four years).
     
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  11. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower
    I think Emily has it all figured out....:

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  12. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2020 Revel Rail
    29er looks a bit big for her, thus the stillettos. Looks like she recovered from her injuries and is ready to race!

    BTW - look at that dropped stem.
     
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  13. bvader

    bvader iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    HB
    Name:
    Mr. Brown
    @buggravy
    Super important no joke.
    There is a known issue with impact pros. The glue that fixes the heel cushion is weak / terrible and will detach in warm push to the bottom then re-adhere.
    If you force your foot in this will happen and then it sucks!!

    Highly recommend using a shoe horn and not not lump heavy stuff in top of your shoe when stored.

    Other than that shoes are incredible IMHO a big bulky but heh they are way solid and fo the job.
     
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  14. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    North East Canada? , California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
    I need to get CJ (Cathy) some shoes for riding flats, any updates on suggestions?
     
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  15. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, black one, Ti one
    I don't ride flats except for family or doggy putts but a while back I bought a pair of Shimano GR5's for a song from Fadi. They seem to do what a shoe is supposed to do and I can wear em all day casually. I know Five Tens are the holy grail and another that looks like a solid shoe is the Ride Concepts.
     
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  16. clydes001

    clydes001 Member

    Location:
    santa clarita
    Name:
    clyde
    Current Bike:
    cannondale m400 (classic)
    Big fan of the Giant Shuttle Flat. Nice built in shoelace management. Light weight, and pretty sharp looking (imho)
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  17. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    North East Canada? , California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
    Thanks! I’m looking at both 5.10 and Ride Concepts on Jensons and have no idea what to look for.
     
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  18. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    North East Canada? , California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
    Those are pretty sharp. I will share with the Misses, thanks!
     
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  19. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, black one, Ti one
    I was just gonna suggest Jenson in case you need to return them for a different size.
     
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  20. mtbMike

    mtbMike iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Ibis HD5 & Ibis Ripley
    As @Voodoo Tom stated, Five Tens are the Holy Grail. They are the Q-Tip, Kleenex and Chapstick of flats. Everyone else is playing catch-up and fighting over being the first loser.
     
  21. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Front Range, San Gabes
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    Trek FEX
    I ride Five-Tens, therefore, I am.
     
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  22. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    North East Canada? , California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
    CJ went for these because they’re……….. cute! :whistling:
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  23. clydes001

    clydes001 Member

    Location:
    santa clarita
    Name:
    clyde
    Current Bike:
    cannondale m400 (classic)
    I think CJ would enjoy these. I don’t have FR pros, but I use Five Ten FRs.

    My son is the one who uses the Giant Shuttles. But I get some some envy for them every once in a while.
     
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  24. Redman

    Redman iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Henderson, Nv
    Name:
    Kevin
    Current Bike:
    SC OG Hightower 29'r
    Since I switched to flats a few years ago I have gone through (3) differnt brands. In order... (2) pairs of Pearl Izumi (X-Alp Launch), Giro (chamber?), & Five10 (Freerider Pro). The Pearls where really good everywhere except the sole, the teeth tore em up quickly, The lightest out of all three. Went through them in 3 dozen rides or so. They were super light, decent to walk in, not so comfy, stiff soles for bueno pedaling. The Giro's were SUUUPer comfy, more like a skate shoe, decent sole, kind stiff, good to hike a bike in. Big fat tongue was kind of obtrusive. The soles wore out almost as fast as the Pearl's. Five 10's have been everything everyone says they are. Nice and stiff for bueno pedaling, not so stiff you can't HAB. Low profile allows for dirt to find its way in easily is my only gripe. These are by far superior to the other two I have tried. One thing I think a lot of people overlook is on a MTB shoe is the front toe box. I seem to stub or bang the front "toe box" quite often. And ,the 510's by far have a solid toe box. Other shoes I would have died. The grip and durability of the 510's makes it easy to pay almost twice as much as the other shoes.
     
  25. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    North East Canada? , California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Ibis DV9, Santa Cruz Hightower
    This is awesome info Amigo! Thank you for taking the time to share it. I feel like I just got edu-mah-cated! Thanks buddy!
     
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  26. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon 60%
    5.10 used to run a bit small, but the Adidas branded ones are very true to size. I bought a couple pair last year using the olden days sizing, and the new ones are a bit big now. NBD, just a thing.
     
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