Sticky but not stinky.
With input from Jeff Lenosky, Teva enters the mountain bike game with the purpose-built Links freeride Shoe. Durable, supportive construction, combined with Teva's extensive shoe technologies and input from serous riders has resulted in a shoe that's ready to tackle gnarly mountain bike conditions.
- On-mask technology prevents materials from absorbing water on a molecular level to keep your feet dry and comfortable
- Blended polyurethane and EVA heel cup transfers impact energy from the heel to the footbed to avoid injury
- Spider365 rubber is optimized for traction on the pedals and off for secure riding and portaging
- Mush liner wicks moisture and is breathable for on-the-bike comfort
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These shoes are great downhill/freeride/street/casual shoes. Stick to platforms well enough and stay locked on your feet. My favorite part about them is the Ionmask water resistance (its basically waterproof). I was hiking my fat bike in some powder for a few miles and my toes stayed warm and dry, and these are my go-to casual shoes on rainy days.
Gave them 4 stars because they are bulky for XC use. I like their stiffness, but I wish it was in a more low-profile package.
Also, the laces are weirdly long and have to be tucked in (or triple laced), or else the little metal tips are flailing everywhere and get stuck in the chain. Not the right setup for bike shoes, methinks.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I am very pleased with these shoes. They are my first bike shoes and do everything I want a bike shoe to do:
-Stick to my platform pedals
-In time I will know how durable they are, but I expect good things. The build quality seems to be great
The shoes were a little tight width wise but after wearing them a couple times they fit perfectly
Do they make Links for women? I would love a pair...
At the bottom of the product page on teva's website it says
This is a men's model with extended sizing for women and children. We recommend women order 2 full sizes down, e.g., women's size 8 should choose size 6. Kids can order as normal according to size (youth sizes 3-6).
I have owned the same pair of Links for a year now and I must say they are awesome. I wear them to work and class everyday and also while trail building, riding cross country, and downhill. The have held up very well with no rips or tears,I have easily ridden over 300 miles in them with no problems. My only complaint is they took a while to break in.
I would recommend to a friend.
first ride left me wanting my 5.10 karvers back. however i got them for when those are wet...which, heavy mofos, they can stay wet for days even when i take out the insole. The links are more comfortable than 5.10s, imo, and the profile is a little narrower, which is great for my woman foot (not especially narrow). unlike 5.10's i have not yet needed to use aftermarket insoles (yes I hike/push my bike a lot). I am a women's 7.5/8 and got the 6.0 in these. they're perfect. the 5.5 was too short. they also dry more quickly and are a bit more breatheable. the 5.10 sticky rubber is still better, especially with my twenty6 pedals, however. Not sure how these compare to other skate shoe types (van's i.e.) since I don't have any.
I run a size 9 in 5.10 freerider but runs a bit small. If I were to get another pair of freeriders, I'd get a 9.5 - which size links would fit my feet?
Spectacular shoe to combat the tive-fen monopoly on free-ride biking shoes. Sticky, Supportive, Stiff, and Sexy.
I've had mine for a summer and they've held up incredibly well despite hard wrecks, hike-a-bikes, mud, snow, dirt. I just ordered my second pair because I saw them on sale, but I'm afraid that if my first pair lasts forever I'll never get to use them. I wear them almost every day as my casual shoes as well, and they're still going strong.
Some people have said they run big and narrow. I find neither to be true. My 11.5s are perfect for my 11.5 feet. In other shoes my wide feet often blow out the sides. This hasn't been the case with the Links.
Great shoes, great price
In the photo - Old after Summer-Fall-Winter compared with brand new. I'd say these shoes hold up extremely well.
Got these last fall and put a considerable amount of miles on them. I've used them on a couple different pedals: atomlab, specialized, fly, and briefly on vp-69s & straight line platforms. These shoes grip no better than your standard Nike/Vans. The grip is marginal, at best, and when the soles a little damp kiss grip goodbye. They are fairly narrow too compared to my other shoe soles.
Now with the bad out of the way, they are very comfortable, the heel lock really works.
I would spend the extra money and get 5.10 freeriders or just go with some Vans and save yourself some cash.
These are the most comfortable kicks right out of the box. Slipped the gray laces in to calm them down a bit. I am a fan of the fat tongue vans and not the mid top crap that has taken over. These feel better. Not too stiff and very true to size. I wear an 11 in vans and these fit the same. Will update once on the pedals.
These are good shoes but if you're looking at these instead of looking at the pinners you might go with the pinner cause these didn't keep my feet dry. They are comfortable and durable. Some reviews I've read said that they run big but I didn't find that to be the case.
these are great riding shoes. tons of grip, very comfortable. The sole is awesome... spider rubber is tough and resilient, and finds traction in the wettest, muddiest of conditions. these shoes absorb impact with ease, stick to platform pedals like !whoa! (i have used these with straitlines, redline alloys with molded pins, and black label polycarbonates), and are packed with useful features. get these if you can. If your on platforms, you won't be disappointed.
These are great riding shoes so far. They are more comfortable with better arch support than my 5.10s. The sole is just the right stiffness. They handle wet weather very well, and keep my feet dry. They are grippy enough--very good grip but not as grippy as 5.10s. The styling isn't my cup of tea, so they look better to me dirty. I wish there was a velcro lace strap or something, as it's a bit annoying to weave the loops out of the way. The laces are good quality, but they sure attract twigs and other trail debris. Lastly, they are 200g lighter than 5.10 Impacts! I know people who will spend over $100 to swap to Ti axles to shave less weight.
My first pair of MTB shoes for flat pedals. I rode SPD for 15 years before converting to flats for my all mtn Giant Reign. At first I rode in a pair of crosstrainers, as that was all I had. These shoes were more comfortable on my foot than five tens. After two months of use, they show no wear marks and are still super comfy. I always notice after a long ride that SPD race shoe wearers tke their shoes off for sandals or normal shoes. With the Tevas, this does not cross my mind, as they never hurt my feet. You will get less foot bruising on HAB also. These shoes have a slight stiffener in the forefoot area that normal sneakers or skate shoes dont. Just enough to take the bite out of your pedals for long rides.