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Unbelievably grippy. A complete step-up from my previous Vans shoes. Sometimes it felt too grippy, but would definitely recommend it.
What makes it different? The Five Ten Sleuth DLX MTB shoe was designed around Adidas' second best-selling sneaker called the Samba. Hence, it displays a more casual look, which appeals to many MTB riders who don't like the typically burly design of most MTB shoes.
It is also the first Five Ten model to display Adidas' Three Stripe logo.
Who is it for? Described by the brand to be both a bike shoe and an everyday sneaker, the Sleuth DLX is functional and stylish at the same time. It is meant to cater to MTB riders who prefer the following features in their footwear:
- Sleek, sneaker-like aesthetic
- Grippy flat outsoles
- Soles that provide a balance between rigidity and flex
What is it for? This shoe is perfect for:
- Light/leisurely mountain cycling
- Urban commutes
Grip and power transfer. The Five Ten Sleuth DLX employs the brand's non-marking Stealth Phantom rubber. This rubber compound was originally engineered specifically for the military. It yields excellent grip, adequate stiffness with a modest flex for all-day comfort.
This shoe also features the brand's Dotty outsole tread, which provides off-bike grip and vibration dampening as well.
The Five Ten Sleuth DLX is a flat MTB shoe that works excellently with the following mountain bike flat pedals: Spank Oozy Trail, Exotic Thermoplastic and Nukeproof Horizon Pro.
Water-resistant. This pair's upper is crafted from suede, which was inspired by the Adidas sneaker mentioned above, This material is water-resistant, which works together with the leather tongue in keeping the elements out.
Lockdown. The Five Ten Sleuth DLX's closure features the traditional lace-up system. It offers a secure fit without pressure points.