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Five Ten Kestrel Lace-Up Cycling Shoe - Men's

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Kestrel Lace-Up Cycling Shoe

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

Upper Material
polyurethane coated synthetic
Closure
lace, hook-and-loop strap
Midsole
compression molded EVA with nylon shank
Sole
Stitched Stealth C4 rubber
Cleat Compatibility
2-bolt
Recommended Use
mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 3

Stiff

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
11
Height
5` 11"
Weight
185 lbs

Nothing beats the Shimano me7, but these are pretty tough shoes. Very stiff sole and uppers. Fairly wide toe box. I bought an 11 and generally wear an 11.5 sneaker. The sole walks fine but could use a little more flex in the mid-foot IMO. The heel cup is also a bit shallow for me but you don't notice that when pedaling. I'd also like five ten to round off the square heel corners which can catch your chainstay. I shaved down the right shoe inside heel corner for that purpose. Why would a bike shoe need a square heel? Shoes that used these recessed cleat channels never feel as connected to the pedals to me as others that bolt directly to shoe base. They have a little more vague feeling in that sense. Very stiff shoe for good power transfer and absorbs vibrations from trail. Take a while to break in. I wear mine with power step original insoles. These shoes I'd say are good at pedaling but not as much as a shoes like the ME7 or Giro's Terraduro, or other shoes that are more like an XC/enduro cross. I'd say these are more for weekend warriors that don't log big rides.

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>Rating: 3

Stiff

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
11
Height
5` 11"
Weight
185 lbs

Nothing beats the Shimano me7, but these are pretty tough shoes. Very stiff sole and uppers. Fairly wide toe box. I bought an 11 and generally wear an 11.5 sneaker. The sole walks fine but could use a little more flex in the mid-foot IMO. The heel cup is also a bit shallow for me but you don't notice that when pedaling. I'd also like five ten to round off the square heel corners which can catch your chainstay. I shaved down the right shoe inside heel corner for that purpose. Why would a bike shoe need a square heel? Shoes that used these recessed cleat channels never feel as connected to the pedals to me as others that bolt directly to shoe base. They have a little more vague feeling in that sense. Very stiff shoe for good power transfer and absorbs vibrations from trail. Take a while to break in. I wear mine with power step original insoles. These shoes I'd say are good at pedaling but not as much as a shoes like the ME7 or Giro's Terraduro, or other shoes that are more like an XC/enduro cross. I'd say these are more for weekend warriors that don't log big rides.

Nothing
>Rating: 2

Highly Disappointed

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
9.5

After my favorite shoe finally called uncle and the new model wasn’t as good I started looking for an alternative. I have a the Five Ten Freerider and love them. The Kestrel seemed to be designed in the same vein so I got a pair. Not even close. Bought the same size as my Freeriders but the toe box is super tight (makes my toes go numb). I thought that they may need to just break in but no luck. I also don’t think a half size up would help this issue. super stiff sole and the sole grip is terrible. Uncomfortable to walk in. You might as well be wearing skates when walking up any rocks you can’t clear on the bike. I expect this feel and experience from a race shoe, not a Five Ten. The sole also leave black marks on your frame if you hit it on a pedal stroke. Overall very Disappointed with this shoe and would not recommend.

>Rating: 3

Lots of People Use These.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

Used these for 2-years and recently switched to the Sidi Domani. Here are my thoughts: First, switched to the new shoe because the cleat plates on these 5.10s stripped out and can no longer hold the screws for my cleats. Two, now that I'm on a new shoe, notice that the release was not very consistent on these shoes. My thought is that the cavity for the cleat did not provide adequate clearance for my specific setup, Crank Brother Candy's w/ the 15* float cleats and the plastic spacer.

>Rating: 3

Decent shoe but rubs ankles pretty bad.

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
12
Height
6` 2"
Weight
155 lbs

Comfortable but top of shoe rubs my ankle causing discomfort and ends up rubbing skin right off on longer rides. Will give them a few more rides but cant see it going away. Only rubs on the left foot for some reason. I do recall a review on Pinkbike(?) stating the same issue. Decent shoes but can't deal with no skin on my ankles for long.

>Rating: 3

Great shoe but...

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I purchased these shoes in August 2017 and have used them for ever ride since. These shoes took about a month to break in. For the first bit my feet would fall asleep and go numb and cause me to stop riding to loosen the laces and let my feet come back alive. It is hard to find the balance between tightening too much and having it too loose to avoid heal lift. Most likely just a poor fit for my foot shape. Shoe platform is stiff and great for pedaling but a bit too stiff for me when you're forced to hike a bike. The soles and stitching has held up really well but the shoe laces and shoe string holes have torn through making the shoes unable to get tight enough now. Overall these are a great shoe and have served me really well but I wish Five-Ten would add grommets to each shoe string hole to avoid the laces tearing through.

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>Rating: 5

Great Mountain Bike Shoe

My husband loves these shoes for biking all over the mountain west, Bozeman to Moab they work great for him!

>Rating: 5

Riding on Mallet E's

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
11
Height
6` 0"
Weight
170 lbs

after riding these hard for 2 months, I have broken them in nicely but they have also not lost structural integrity at all. I have a narrowish foot and they fit great, I think the adjustability of the laces help with fitment too! I'm running the Mallet E pedals and these shoes make good contact with the platform but not so much to the point where it's a struggle to un-clip.

>Rating: 4

Another Solid Shoe from Five Ten

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Good shoe, similar fit to other 5.10s I have. The velcro isn't super comfortable, and the shoe is a little bit stiff, but better than anything else I found.

>Rating: 5

Five Ten is Killing It

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Five Ten has been making some super great shoes as of late, and these fall right into that. Pretty stiff, yet comfortable, if that's what you're looking for. The laces do run a bit long, in case that's a worry. They were a bit more narrow than I had thought they would be, but the narrower fit ended up being exactly what I needed.

>Rating: 4

Slightly narrow, very cool

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

These shoes are great, as long as they fit you. The forefoot is pretty narrow/snug. For the skiers out there, I ski in a 100mm last ski boot (for the non-skiers, that's a middle of the range width) and these are a little too narrow for me, but I'm confident a little break in will have them be great. As long as they feel good on the shape of your foot... these shoes deliver exactly as I would expect. A great mix of comfort and performance, which is probably what you're looking for if you're shopping for shoes like this. If you want straight up performance obviously go for a true XC shoe. But these are noticeably more comfortable, and still pedal pretty well.

>Rating: 4

Rad Stiff Shoe

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These shoes are great and insanely stiff. They are so stiff that they can be a little hard to hike in. I plan on doing some long days in these shoes this year so I was happy they were so comfortable

>Rating: 5

Tha best

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Had a pair of Shimano’s for three seasons that got the job done and lasted three seasons, but the comfort of these 5-10 shoes is unmatched. They fit more like an aggressive skate shoe, the shank gives you the support and power needed to crank uphill without losing too much energy in shoe flex. This is the perfect shoe for the everday rider.

>Rating: 4

clippy shoe.

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large
Height
5` 9"
Weight
175 lbs

This shoe is great. All my friends are jealous. I was tempted to cut the velcro strap off when I got them, because I think it looks kinda funky, But I've ended up using them more than I thought,so they'll stay on.

>Rating: 4

Way larger than any other shoe I've ever

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
10

Ordered a 10 and had to pay to send it back and get a 9.5. Have never worn anything other than a 10.5 since my teens. Order it through zappos so you don't have to pay return shipping fees. The shoe itself once you get the right size is the most comfortable biking shoe I have ever worn.

Thanks for the review Adam! Super helpful to get this feedback out to the community.

>Rating: 4

Great Shoes

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
11
Height
6` 2"
Weight
175 lbs

I really like these shoes. They are great for the local trail riding.

>Rating: 5

Comfort and power

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
10
Height
5` 7"
Weight
180 lbs

A great shoe with comfort and power built in one. Fits true to size, comfortable, good power transfer for each pedal. I have this set up with my Crank Brothers pedals and had to add the spacer to make it easier to clip into my pedals, but with that they are great.

>Rating: 5

Awesome Bike Shoe

Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
14
Height
6` 5"
Weight
200 lbs

They may not be the most fashionable shoe around, but they do a lot better blending in than most other road / mtb specific shoes do. I use them for mountain biking and on my commuter. They are fairly comfy to walk in, but are stiff enough for noticeable improvement in power transfer over regular shoes.

>Rating: 5

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.

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>Rating: 5

Just what the Dr. ordered

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
12
Height
6` 3"
Weight
190 lbs

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.

>Rating:

I wear a 10.5 in a Nike shoe What size would fit in the Five Ten

>Rating:

Your site indicates that these are wide shoes. How wide? EE? 4 5/16"?

>Rating:

I recently bought a pair of these Kestrels and I really like them but I'm finding them tougher to clip in with. One reviewer mentioned putting in spacers. Are these spacers supposed to come with the shoes? I don't think I received any if so. Otherwise, where can I buy the spacers? Thanks.

Hey Robert, Thanks for your question! Those Kestrels should have come with a spacer plate and if they didn't you should be able to reach out to Five Ten directly and have them send you one. That should help if you're having trouble clipping in. If you have any other questions feel free to reach out to me directly! 801-523-4049 or mconn@competitivecyclist.com

>Rating:

Do these come with the cleat or is that bought separately? Thanks