Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what cyclers think:

6 reasons to buy

  • A vast majority of owners say that this Five Ten mountain bike shoe is comfortable to wear for rides and hikes.
  • Almost all of the cyclists commend the rigid sole unit of the Hellcat as it provides excellent power transfer.
  • Though it is designed for clipless pedals, many reviewers are pleased that this footgear performs well with flat pedals too.
  • A lot of wearers like that this model keeps their feet warm during cold weather.
  • The skate shoe style appeals to numerous buyers.
  • More than a few people are happy that this shoe is easy to clean and quickly dries if it gets wet.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Velcro strap on this pair of mountain bike shoes is too long for a few users.
  • A commenter complains that the outsole is not too grippy on muddy trails.

Bottom line

This shoe for cycling can easily be confused for a trendy pair of sneakers. However, it is packed with technologies that make trail riding more enjoyable. The sole unit offers both stiffness and a bit of flexibility, making this model suited for hike-a-bikes. It also comes highly recommended because of its water-repellent feature that keeps riders dry and warm in wet conditions.

Facts

Rankings

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Expert Reviews

88 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | The Oracle | Level 1 expert

    Warm even it's wet outside and extremely grippy. But it got drenched in the rain.

  • 90 / 100 | MTB Taster | Level 1 expert

    Stiff, grippy, worth the price, and durable. Hurt the feet and had a slightly difficult time clipping in because of the recess design.

  • 93 / 100 | Singletracks | | Level 2 expert

    Flat pedal mountain bike shoes are great: they’re comfortable, they look good, and they provide a ton of grip on rocky surfaces. Clipless pedal shoes are great too: they’re efficient at transferring power and they prevent pull-ups off the pedals in the air. So it seems like combining the two could offer the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, based on my experience, I think we ended up with Dewitos instead. I don’t fault FiveTen here — the shoes are incredibly well-crafted and offer all the features mountain bikers expect in a shoe. But for me, I’d prefer to keep two sets of shoes in my closet; FiveTen Freeriders for flat pedals, and a different, more traditional clipless MTB shoe for everything else. After all, I don’t ride a hybrid bike either.

  • 90 / 100 | Enduro Mountainbike Magazine | | Level 2 expert

    For riders looking for a more comfortable shoe that blends cool looks with a relaxed and padded fit, the Five Ten Hellcats were favourites with our more gravity focussed testers. However the very poor water absorption and pedal compatibility issues make them hard to recommend as an all-weather shoe.

  • 88 / 100 | Singletracks | | Level 2 expert

    Well-crafted but for me, I’d prefer to keep two sets of shoes in my closet; FiveTen Freeriders for flat pedals, and a different, more traditional clipless MTB shoe for everything else.

  • 98 / 100 | Free Hub Mag | | Level 1 expert

    Comfortable out of the box, rideable year-round and fully unassuming, this version of the Hellcat has become my favorite mountain bike shoe to date.

Become an expert

Regardless if you’re a casual trail rider or an enduro enthusiast, this MTB shoe is engineered to support activities on and off the bike. Up top, the use of different materials ensures a snug fit that prevents power loss. These fabrics are quite tough, so they won’t easily get scratched.

Meanwhile, the sole unit is constructed to be stiff to support pedaling even on the trickiest of trails. The rubber outsole is also designed to provide grip while walking.

Grip and durability. The bottom of the Hellcat is lined with the Stealth C4 rubber. This compound does not quickly wear out. It is naturally grippy, but the use of the Dotty tread pattern increases its traction on various surfaces.

Sturdiness. Inside the sole unit is a dual-density shank. It decreases the vibrations or impact felt by the foot. It also stiffens the cleat area for pedaling but still offers flexibility for a smooth heel-to-toe transition while walking.

The Five Ten Hellcat works with clipless pedals. It is fitted with 2-hole cleats that are compatible with the following pedals: Crankbothers Mallet 3, Funn Ripper, Shimano XT M8020 Trail, DMR V-Twin, Nukeproof Horizon CS, to name some.

Protection. The Hellcat employs DWR-treated leather and synthetic components. The materials prevent water from seeping inside the shoe, keeping the interior dry. They are also able to withstand abrasive elements on the trails.

Comfort. The top has micro-perforations to help with ventilation. However, the pores are so tiny that it won’t take away from the water-resistant property of the upper.

The shoe uses an ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam for the tongue that is covered in mesh. It prevents discomfort on the instep caused by tight lacing. It also adds to the overall breathability of the trainer.

Lockdown. A traditional lacing system adorns the midfoot on this pair of Five Ten cycling shoes. It has a single Velcro strap on top, amplifying heel security for improved power transfer. The strap can also be used to tuck the laces.

The Five Ten Hellcat follows the style of skate shoes. It is recommended to get your usual size in street shoes when getting a pair of Hellcats.

Compression-molded EVA makes up the midsole of the Hellcat. It is a type of foam that doesn’t weigh much but is effective in absorbing shock to keep wearers comfortable even on long hikes.