Verdict from 14 experts and 44 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The majority of Five Ten Freerider EPS users applaud its excellent grip on the pedals.
  • This mountain bike shoe provides adequate insulation to keep the foot warm in relatively cold conditions.
  • Thanks to its versatile style, this footwear can also be used casually around town, say several buyers.
  • Some wearers love its waterproof abilities.
  • It has adequately stiff soles, according to a number of cyclists.
  • A few reviewers love that they receive compliments from people about the shoe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some wearers say their feet start to feel cold when the temperature lowers in the single digits.
  • A number of riders mention that the grip isn't enough for icy or snowy surfaces.
  • A commenter gripes about how it lost its DWR-treatment after only a year of use.

Bottom line

The Freerider EPS by Five Ten is a winterized version of the brand's ever-popular Freerider model. The shoe's highlight is they keep your feet warm and dry in wet and relatively cold weather. While there are many choices for winter bike shoes, there are not many winter-appropriate flat bike shoes. This footgear closes that gap.

However, the Freerider EPS also has some limitations. Most mentioned by users is that their feet start to get cold once the weather starts hitting the single digits. All in all, the Freerider EPS is an excellent flat pedal shoe that stays warm in cold and dry in inclement weather.

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Good to know

Who is it for? The Five Ten Freerider EPS is designed to cater to the following types of cyclists:

  • Mountain cyclists
  • Riders who prefer flat shoes
  • Bikers who want to bike all-year round especially during the cold weather
  • Five Ten and Freerider enthusiasts
  • Cyclists who are looking for bike shoes they can wear casually

What is it for? This 5.10 MTB shoe could be used for the following activities:

  • Cold and/or weather cycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Commuting

Grip. The Five Ten Freerider EPS features the brand's Stealth S1 rubber outsole for traction. Aside from its sticky feature, it is also known for durability and vibration dampening.

This shoe features a flat outsole. Some of the suitable pedals for this pair are OneUp Composite Pedals, Crank Brothers Stamp 3 and Shimano XT PD-M8140.

Heat retention. The Freerider EPS employs PrimaLoft insulation from the upper's instep area forwards, including the tongue. PrimaLoft is marketed to provide a superior warmth-to-weight ratio, meaning it is lightweight but very effective.

Additional foam insulation is applied in the lining to improve the retaining of heat.

Weather-resistant. This pair's leather upper is applied with a DWR treatment. It works in conjunction with a fully gusseted tongue to prevent water, mud and other elements from going inside the shoe.

Comfort. The forefoot area is designed with single-piece leather to prevent rubbing and hot spots as well as water intake.

Additional insulation is provided by this pair's heat-reflective footboards. Apart from cushioning, it helps protect the foot from the cold as well.

The EPS in the shoe's name stands for Elements Primaloft System.


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