Five Ten Im­pact Pro lat-pedal shoes £124.99

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

While other brands have come close, none has yet matched the glue-like stick­i­ness of Five Ten’s ‘Stealth S1’ rub­ber. Our main crit­i­cism of the older Im­pact mod­els was al­ways their clumpy size and weight, and the slim­line VXi ver­sion that fol­lowed was plagued by dura­bil­ity is­sues. Now though, Adi­das’s out­door sub­sidiary seem to have got it right, with the Im­pact Pros. A re­in­forced toe cap and abra­sion-re­sis­tant outer pro­vide am­ple pro­tec­tion, and the mid­sole is sup­port­ive but not so stiff that you lose pedal feel. The pad­ding has been slimmed down con­sid­er­ably, so not only do th­ese look less like cor­rec­tive footwear, but they dry quicker after a soak­ing. This con­trib­utes to a rea­son­able weight of 1,100g (pair, EU43). There’s enough pad­ding around the heel to hold your foot in place, but be­cause the in­ter­nal vol­ume is still quite big and the out­sole – with its new ‘multi-dotty’ pat­tern – locks so solidly onto the ped­als, there are in­stances when you can feel your foot shift­ing from side to side slightly. The ad­di­tion of a Vel­cro lace strap or Boa clo­sure to im­prove the snug­ness of the fit would be wel­come. Ed www.adi­da­sout­door.com/fiveten-brand

Ev­ery­thing we liked about the orig­i­nal Im­pacts, but now in a lighter and even grip­pier pack­age

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