Who should buy the Five Ten Kestrel Lace

This model’s low profile allows maximum ankle movement while pedaling. It is an updated version of its older sibling. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that improves its predecessor’s shortcomings such as durability, flexibility, and improper lockdown fit.
  • Prefer a shoe that highlights the alterations such as the switch to lace-up and Velcro closure, nylon shank, and Stealth C4 rubber outsole.

Five Ten Kestrel Lace logo

Excellent power transfer

The shoe’s outsole is made from the brand’s Stealth C4 technology. This innovation strikes a good balance between flex and rigidity. Combined with a nylon shank, this model provides stiffness in the right places for efficient power transfer.

Five Ten Kestrel Lace  Excellent power transfer

This version employs the Stealth C4 technology in exchange for its predecessor’s Mi6 rubber. Studies show that former rubber technology is more durable than the latter.

Comfortable feel off the bike

Replacing the carbon shank of its older sibling is the nylon shank. According to the brand, this change reduces stiffness by 15 percent. Encased in a compression-molded EVA midsole, this shank update should help in a more comfortable feel off the bike. 

Five Ten Kestrel Lace Comfortable feel off the bike

Note that the shank is placed behind the cleat area extending to the rear part of the shoe. The empty space in the toe area offers flex for walking. The C4 technology fused with the brand’s Dotty tread pattern results in a classic Five Ten traction.

2-hole cleat system

The Kestrel Lace is designed to be compatible with all SPD pedals. It doesn’t matter if you ride a road or a mountain bike. SPD pedals have a 2-hole cleat system and allow pedal entry from both sides.

Five Ten Kestrel Lace 2-hole cleat system

The cleats are recessed into the sole to allow the wearer to walk comfortably. It avoids an excess clump that hangs from the outsole, which makes noises and makes walking difficult.

Secure fit

The combination of a lace-up closure, a Velcro strap, and a non-slip heel cup aims to enhance the fit of the original Kestrel model. The laces evenly distribute pressure throughout the upper while allowing for an adjustable fit. The large Velcro strap helps keep the laces in place and further locks down the foot.

Five Ten Kestrel Lace  Secure fit

Water-resistant and adequate toe protection

This version utilizes the same PU-coated synthetic construction as its older sibling. This material efficiently resists water.

Five Ten Kestrel Lace  Water-resistant

Synthetic toe box equips the shoe with appropriate toe protection against impacts. This feature makes it an ideal mountain bike shoe.

Regular cushioned insole

The Five Ten Kestrel Lace comes with a regular cushioned insole. This helps enhance in-step comfort and cushioning.

Five Ten Kestrel Lace Insole

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 15.9oz / Women 14.1oz
Use: Mountain, Casual
Cleat design: 2 holes
Closure: Lace, Velcro
Features: Water-resistant, Lace Tucks, SPD, Recessed cleats
Collection: Five Ten Stealth Rubber
Material: Synthetic, Nylon composite sole

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Rhys Smith
Rhys Smith

Rhys is an expert in all things cycling and bicycles who at a young age pursued the dream of becoming a professional cyclist by racing for a French and then Belgian road racing team at the Elite level. He is heavily involved in the cycling scene and runs one of Australia’s highest-rated online bicycle parts stores. He’s THE expert when it comes to testing cycling shoes.