Who should buy the Five Ten Hellcat Pro
The Five Ten Hellcat Pro is the descendant of the legendary Hellcat shoe. It is engineered in collaboration with pro rider Greg Minnaar for aggressive all-mountain riding and downhill cycling. It is a solid option if you:
- Prefer a shoe that is considered as one of the top-of-the-line clipless mountain bike models from the brand.
- Need a sole that focuses on the balance of providing rigidity while pedaling and flexibility for off-bike comfort.
Superior grip of the Hellcat Pro
This pair features Five Ten’s Stealth C4 rubber technology with full Dotty tread for great traction when off the bike. This type of rubber measures 79 durometers and is said to absorb shock and reduce vibration.
The Hellcat Pro employs a ¾ dual-density TPU shank placed from the cleat mount area to the back. It helps dampen vibration and provides rigidity for an impressive transfer of power to the pedals. The area forward of the cleat mount is flexible enough for ease and comfort while walking.
2-bolt mountain bike cleat system
This pair utilizes the usual 2-bolt mountain bike cleat system. It matches with the following pedal models: XPedo GFX, Shimano Deore XT M8020, Time Mountain, Look Mountain, Crank Brothers, and Speedplay.
The cleat system is recessed into the sole inside a pocket-like slot that measures 35mm. This relatively longer recessed cleat allows for a more rearward position of clipping in. The area around the cleat has a hard plastic lining for durability.
This Five Ten model sports a DWR synthetic upper. This material helps prevent moisture and elements at bay. It is recommended for chillier seasons as it keeps the foot warm and dry.
The shoe’s combination of lace and Velcro strap closure along with the heel cup design keeps the foot from slipping out. The lace eyelets underneath the Velcro strap are crafted from a separate material that is directly connected to the strap. This helps tighten the shoe more efficiently.
Impressive toe protection
The toe area employs several features to provide excellent toe protection against impacts and falling rocks. The visible feature is a thick toe cap crafted from a four-layer TPU. Underneath lies a 2mm impact-resistant foam. When combined, they provide efficient durability and toe protection.
Five Ten ditched the regular cheap insole and threw in an Orthopedic-style insole which employs an additional arch support insert. Combined with a compression-molded EVA midsole, the Hellcat Pro aims to provide excellent support and cushioning.