I’ve owned and loved Five Ten Impact Low shoes for well over 5yrs now. They have served me well, but I had a hankering for some lighter, less bulky and faster drying foot wear. So I tried some Five Ten Freerider VXI shoes which fell apart on me after a few rides as well as some Five Ten Ascent approach shoes which had some very ungrippy soles that were downright dangerous on wet surfaces.
Both pairs got returned to the store pronto. 😦
Still having had such good experiences with the Impact Lows I gave Five Ten another shot and tried some Freerider Elements out. Well after 6 months of use I’m glad I did. They meet all of my requirements and are very comfy on and off the bike.
This old school version of the Freerider model has a slimmer classic look that’s at home on the bike or at the pub. It’s lighter and less burly than my Impact Lows and as a plus it dries much faster when it gets wet.
The shoe doesn’t protect my feet quite as well as the Impact Lows nor are they as grippy, but they are reasonable on both counts.
I’ve done dozens of hours of hike-a-bike in the Elements and come away smiling.
For use on and off the bike I’d give the nod to the Elements for their versatility. Looking at just bike use I think the Impact Lows are still a better shoe.
Ultimately since I got the Elements I haven’t worn the Impact Lows once so that should tell you how I am feeling about them.