My first flat shoes, and I had to use the longer pins on my pedals. I now am getting much better grip. I love the construction of these, as they protect my feet from impacts. 3rd try and going strong, time will tell, been clipped in for over 20 years.
Zappos Reviewer on January 18, 2019
I ordered these a full size down from street shoe size and they are tight but no pain. This is a medium soft shoe that smears as well as it edges. I use it as a gym shoe, its too soft for my tastes in outdoor shoes. I feel like its a great shoe for intermediates ( 5.11ish climber ). Its just downturned enough to pull yourself closer to the wall on steep routes. I think the styling is heinous but I have actually gotten compliments on them.
Zappos Reviewer on January 17, 2019
True to size for me. So much better than riding in my vans. Look and feel great.
Zappos Reviewer on January 14, 2019
I normally wear a size 10, but in the 5 Ten shoes I needed to go to a 10 1/2. its a great shoe, and the customer service at Zappos excellent.
Jim from Pleasant Hill CA on December 31, 2018
These have a seam over the outside edge of my big toe that I know will drive me insane.
Zappos Reviewer on December 30, 2018
Before these shoes delaminated they served their function. Awesome protection from rocks on the all mountain trails. I will buy again but you can expect a short life. They are shoes for the extreme so you can't expect too much more.
Matt from Eritrea on December 23, 2018
I've ordered these shoes a few years ago in a size 9 1/2 and it fit perfectly so was surprised when this pair ran so small. Perhaps this pair was mislabeled. Nonetheless, I returned it and received full credit. I like the service and turnaround time using Zappos and this experience will not deter future purchases.
Zappos Reviewer on December 20, 2018
I have an old pair of 5 10 freerider size ten. All my other shoes are size ten. Size ten was too small in this shoe I returned them and got a 10.5, they fit great.
Zappos Reviewer on December 01, 2018
Sticky, supportive, fit well.
Zappos Reviewer on November 23, 2018
Good fit, sole rigid enough for pedaling, but flexible enough for walking.
Serge from Chicago on November 20, 2018
Great shoes for the trail and beyond. Excellent grip on the pedals and the uppers keep my feet dry even when riding throu small creeks.
Zappos Reviewer on November 20, 2018
The new version of the guide tennie has taken the shoe out of the realm of serious outdoor people to a city shoe. No longer offers a gusseted tongue or full grain leather upper. I long for the guide tennie of the old days.
Aaron on November 18, 2018
This was my first purchase of this brand. Was happy that the size, for me, seemed in agreement with the specialized MTB shoe sizes I have purchased the last several years. These shoes are very sticky. Love that. Stiffness is right for me. Stiffer than Pearl Izumi X-alp, but still able to walk around in them for hour + after the ride.
Zappos Reviewer on November 12, 2018
I was super-surprised by how well these fit. I have somewhat narrow feet, with a larger arch (I usually wear superfeet inserts to support my arches). These shoes fit great initially even without the superfeet!
Zappos Reviewer on November 10, 2018
The soles delaminated after a few weekends of approaches in West Virginia. I'm very disappointed. The latest style is far more chunky than my preferred previous two generations of the guide tennies; the elevated insole and overall additional bulk decrease the climbing comfort, and at least for my foot, getting the shoe tight enough to climb well also makes it uncomfortable. The substantial padding seems to make the shoe quite warm a well. Overall, I'm displeased with these shoes after two earlier iterations from 5.10.
Zappos Reviewer on November 03, 2018
Pros: Very, very grippy. When I put my foot down on the pedal (half decent MTB flats) I feel like my foot is locked on and I can only remove it by lifting straight up. More comfortable to walk around in than clipless. Cons: Not a replacement for normal daily shoes (unless you're on and off the bike all day). When I ordered these I was wondering if I could replace my normal shoes with these and the answer is just "sort of, depends on how much I'll be on my feet vs riding." They're not uncomfortable, but normal walking or running shoes are more comfortable to the extant I notice.
Zappos Reviewer on October 25, 2018
Two things I like is the padded toe area which has helped me with end toe pain and the toe box is ample wide which also helps relieve front foot pain. I have rode in both hot 85f to cool 40f without any discomfort. I am very pleased with the overall quality and hopefully they will last for a couple of years use.
Ray from Powhatan VA on October 22, 2018
Heel popped out every footstep. Lost all ninja cred.
Ryebread from Tampa on October 22, 2018
Really small. I had to order one full size larger.
Zappos Reviewer on October 15, 2018
TL/DR: Canvas model breathes much better than leather model, and these run a half-size small so order up 1/2. Super-grippy on pedals! I normally wear a US size 11, but an 11 in these was a little bit small. The 11.5 fit me much better. I prefer wide-width shoes, but can still wear medium-width if a shoe isn't available in wide. These are medium-width and they are fine, but if they were offered in wide I'd totally go for those instead. Regarding bike pedal grip, I am highly impressed. This is the first pair of Five Ten Freeriders I've owned and I'm totally a believer now. These things gripped the flats on my MTB super well. By the way - the canvas version of the Freerider breathes MUCH better than the regular leather Freerider. I had first purchased the regular leather version, but after wearing them at home for ten minutes or so my feet were hot. I decided to order the canvas version to compare. I stuck my hand down into the toe of each version and blew towards the toe of the shoe to compare how much air flow each had. With the leather version I couldn't really even feel any air on my hand, but with the canvas one I definitely could. So back the leather ones went and I kept the canvas ones.
Dallas from Plano, TX on October 06, 2018
The grip is amazing and the fit is good provided you get 1/2 size up. Looking forward to using them on my mountain bike.
Zappos Reviewer on October 05, 2018
I bought a new mountain bike and decided to run flats for the first time in 15 years. My feet hurt with normal shoes, and I wasn't getting enough grip. So I did some research and decided on these shoes. I'm so glad that I spent the money on bike-specific shoes as they have helped my riding more than I could have imagined. The grip on the shoes is just right in that it is grippy when you need it while still allowing you to bail when you screw up! The stiffness in the sole helps with power to the pedals more than I thought it would and has completely cured my foot pain. My only gripe is that I have to tuck in the shoe laces when I ride. It would be great to have something like velcro to secure the laces. That said, I think that is available on the more expensive shoes, but it wouldn't be worth the extra $30-$50 to me for the next level shoes. As far as the negative reviews for people wanting to use these shoes as every day or running shoes, thanks for the chuckle! I'm going to submit a negative review on my Brooks Ghosts because they suck for riding bikes ;) I've only had a few rides with them, so I will update my review with durability information in a few months.
Chad from Kansas City on October 04, 2018
Glad I read the reviews- I knew this was a bit narrower of a shoe going into it. I have normal feet, normal arch and these are decently comfortable shoes for having clip in capability on the bottom of the shoe. I wear size 5 in heels, size 5.5 in other shoes and tennis shoes, and the size 6 in these fits perfectly. The shoe is on the narrower side but is not uncomfortable or cramped. I like the velcro over the laces - it's a nice touch. These are stylish and great for urban or mountain biking. I have a gravel bike and use these for both gravel riding and urban. These clips are compatible with mountain bike Shimano SPD pedals, including the A530's which I use. Great shoe! Glad I got the size 6 for my typical size 5.5 feet.
Zappos Reviewer on September 28, 2018
If you use these for routesetting or sport route development, go with street shoe size, despite what other reviews may say. Provides an ideal fit to test out climbing routes and boulder problems - like being able to heel and toe hook on voluminous boulder problems, and being able to edge up routes in the lead cave. S1 rubber works well on climbing holds without marking hardwood and laminate flooring. Plus, look cool.
Mike. from Grand Junction on September 20, 2018
Ideal climbing shoe for almost every climbing situation. Hits that sweet spot between soft/sensitive and stiff/supportive. My suggestion is to go 1/2 size down from street shoe - the leather stretches enough to match your foot without losing performance. My best choice shoe to try and onsight everything - techy faces and slabs, full tension overhangs, indoor competition climbs - everything!
Mike. from Grand Junction on September 20, 2018