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86 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews
Grippy, stiff, and durable.
As the heaviest and bulkiest shoe in the test, the Hellcat Pro will not be the first choice for most XC or all-mountain riders, but those with an affinity for pointing their bike down the hill will enjoy the power transfer, performance and protection this shoe has to offer.
The high stiffness of the sole — with good walking characteristics – does its job even under the toughest conditions.
The shoe is a little on the heavy side, but it also brings a bit of confidence in rocky terrain knowing that it's up for a good thrashing and your foot is well protected.
for those who want a clipless shoe that prioritizes protection and comfort on the descents while still being serviceable while pedaling, the Hellcat Pro is one of the best I’ve tried, and maybe the best option currently on the market.
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. The shoe is considered as one of the top-of-the-line clipless mountain bike models from the brand.
The sole construction focuses on the balance of providing rigidity while pedaling and flexibility for off-bike comfort. It is only water-repellent, hence it is not recommended for rainy days or trails with river crossings.
Superior grip. 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.
Flex without sacrificing rigidity while pedaling. 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.
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.
Water-repellent and keeps feet warm. 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.
Excellent lockdown fit. 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.
The Five Ten Hellcat Pro is marketed to both male and female cyclists. Both versions have a toe box area with plenty of space for superior comfort. An excellent lockdown is provided by the combination of the heel cup and Velcro with lace-up closure without causing any hotspot. The cushioned collar, tongue, and footbed provide enhanced pleasurable in-step experience.
Special Orthopedic-style removable footbed. 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.
- Branding is mainly seen on the lateral part of the upper.
- The tongue is crafted from mesh textile and features a lace loop to keep it in place.
- Two little metal clips are included with the purchase of the shoe. They are supposed to sit between the shoe and the pedal cleats. These metal clips help distribute pressure better and protect the trainer from getting damaged every time you clip on and off.
- The Hellcat Pro is considered as the most winning shoe in the history of World Cup Downhill. It is the favorite of top pros such as Emmeline Ragot, Steve Smith, and Danny Hart.