Kestrel Pro Boa Shoe
Charge up long, technical climbs then drop into steep lines with confidence with the Five Ten Kestrel Pro Boa Shoe. Combining Five Ten's stiffest carbon-infused shank with clipless compatibility, these shoes transfer maximum power to the pedals for an efficient all-mountain ride. The Kestrel Pro Boa has more room in the toe box than the original
Kestrel Boa shoes, but uses the same Boa dial closure for a
micro-adjustable fit that's quick, easy, and secure.
Ready for rougher rides on varied terrain, the synthetic uppers are durable and weather-resistant, and feature micro-perforations for breathability. The perforated EVA tongue with mesh overlay adds even more ventilation, and sits comfortably against your foot with some padding for protection. Molded toe and heel guards provide additional protection from rock strikes and errant trail debris. The lightweight EVA midsole and the OrthoLite insoles provide cushion and support for your feet, and a non-slip heel cup ensures a secure hold when you're mashing away at the pedals.The tacky Stealth C4 rubber outsole provides confident footing in all terrain, and gives you some extra grip on the pedals if you miss a clip-in, or if conditions are less-than-ideal.
- All-weather mountain bike shoes designed for a secure fit
- Stiff carbon-infused shank delivers efficient power transfer
- Tacky Stealth rubber outsole for grip in any conditions
- Boa closure system for a secure and confident hold
- Weather-resistant uppers with ventilating micro-perforations
- EVA tongue with mesh overlay for protection and breathability
- Non-slip heel cup, toe and heel guards, OrthoLite insoles
- Compatible with 2-bolt mountain bike cleats
- Item #FVT003X
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've been a die-hard Sidi fan for a long time but as my riding has gotten more aggressive I decided that I wanted some stealth rubber in case I need to bail attempting rocky features and I've been surprisingly happy with these. I was worried that the water-resistant fabric wouldn't breathe and my feet would overheat in the Utah summers but that didn't turn out to be a problem. When I first put them on they felt warm but when I'm pedalling they open up and my feet stay dry both from sweat and creek crossings. The soles are stiff and give good power transfer which is great for climbs. The Stealth rubber is harder than it is on Five Ten's flat shoes which will hopefully translate to a longer lifespan, but they still grip pretty well when I miss a clip. I still like the fit on my old Sidi Dominators more and these feel just a touch loose by comparison but is stilly pretty good. The Boa system is great for quick on and off but I don't feel that the velcro over the toes does much.
By far my biggest complaint is that Adidas felt the need to plaster their logo on the tongue. Okay Adidas we all know that you bought Five Ten, there's no need to remind me of it every time I go for a bike ride. Please just sit back, collect your money, and let Five Ten make their own decisions. Or at least keep your logo off their shoes. It looks incredibly out of place and for better or worse looks are a big part of the decision making the process for buying a new pair of shoes.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I love these things. I will be honest, and admit that I don't have much to compare them to, but I'm stoked, either way.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I wanted a shoe with the boa system as my Giro's Terraduro ratchets were wearing smooth from trying to keep tight after 1000 miles plus spinning. These shoes have a great feel, not too xc tightness and not too enduro flat shoe comfy. I have to say that I did over-tighten the first couple uses and the boa holds tough, so I have had to find where the show is tight, but not pressuring the top of my foot. They look great and feel great so far!