Scott FR 10 flat-pedal shoes £79.99

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED - Jonny

If you’re not a mas­sive fan of the bulky look of Five Tens and can look past the mus­tard-yel­low colour of the Scott FR 10s (they do come in a more sub­tle blue too) they’re worth check­ing out, es­pe­cially if you pre­fer to play in the woods rather than ham­mer out the miles. While they’re comfy enough to wear as sturdy ev­ery­day train­ers, with enough flex to pre­vent heel slip when wan­der­ing around, they work well on the bike too. Trac­tion on the ped­als doesn’t come close to that of Five Ten’s bench­mark ‘Stealth’ rub­ber, so if you like to feel glued to the pins you may want to look else­where. But if you’re into rid­ing dirt jumps, pump tracks or sim­ply razzing about in the woods and like to be able to read­just your feet on the ped­als, the FR 10s should be right up your street, al­low­ing more on-the-pedal move­ment while still pro­vid­ing just enough grip when it mat­ters. This does make them rather spe­cific shoes, though. They’re not ideal for big days on the trail or tack­ling par­tic­u­larly bumpy tracks, and the mesh pan­els on the toe and sides mean that wa­ter gets in pretty quickly too. www.scott-sports.com

HIGHS We like the bright colour (though not ev­ery­one will!) Comfy on and off the bike Good level of grip for dirt jump­ing and pump tracks LOWS Lack­ing in sup­port for longer rides We’d want more grip for hard­core trail rid­ing or rac­ing

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