Lace it up.
Live out your enduro dreams and power down the course in the Five Ten Men's Kestrel Lace-Up Shoes. The Lace-Ups trade out the carbon-infused shank of their top-end sibling for a nylon shank that provides a bit more give for ease of walkability while still providing efficient power transfer.
The shank is housed in an outsole comprising two different compounds. The first, Stealth C4, is hard enough for rock climbing. In fact, it was developed for rock climbing, but Five Ten imports it to the cycling world to make sure there's no watt-wasting outsole squish where rubber meets pedal. The other compound is softer and tackier. It dissipates impact while navigating the lumpy ups and downs of enduro and provides grip while scrambling across un-rideable talus slopes and rock walls.
The Kestrels Lace Ups are finished with a synthetic toe box mated to a mesh upper, with the former providing structure and protection while the latter keeps the heat down when the trail and temperature both go up. Laces span the top of the foot to lock in a customized fit, with a hook-and-loop strap for extra security and taming of excess lace length.
- A durable and comfortable off-road shoe
- Soft, tacky outsole for confident pedal grip
- Nylon shank balances stiffness and walkability
- Synthetic toe box provides extra protection
- Lace closure with hook-and-loop strap for a customized fit
- Item #FVT001Q
- Q & A
So Good, Seriously
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I freaking love these shoes. Everything I didn't adore from the Kestrel Boa Five Ten came back with the Kestrel Lace and blew it out of the water. First and foremost, the Kestrel Boa is a stiff shoe, not only in the shank, but also in the upper materials. The Lace version offers a bit more flexibility in the shank making it more comfortable to walk in or long days in the saddle where some give is appreciated. In addition to the more flexible shank, the upper is more forgiving providing better next to foot comfort. I also credit the laces to providing a bit more comfort across the tongue, as opposed to the Boa steel wire. Weight is not super light, but manageable. Stealth sole provides outstanding grip when finding your pedals, or while mid hike-a-bike.
The only issue I've had with the Kestrel Lace's was that I had an issue with the cleat plate threads cracking. Admittedly, I did not use grease on the threads. Luckily there is a slit in the shoe under the insole to easily replace the cleat plate. While I had other shoes to ride while I was waiting on new cleat plates, I was really wishing I could lace up the Kestrels. Word to the wise, use grease when installing your cleats and don't hamfist them.
Just what the Dr. ordered
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 12
I am 46 year old aggressive trail rider - ride 5.5-6" trail bikes/All Mountain bikes. Traditionally I have used more cross country oriented shoes and wanted to try something a bit different.
I have about 10 rides on these shoes s in the past 3 weeks and really like them. The lace/strap combination is great, comfortable, stiff enough sole for power transfer, and they look great. They aren't for racing but perfect for anything else. I don't want to use my other shoes anymore.
I like them so much I bought a second pair for myself and a pair for my 17 year old son.