Five Ten Kestrel Shoes

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DESCRIPTION

New for 2014, the Five Ten Kestrel is the first downhill shoe to ever feature Boa technology. The dial on this particular shoe pulls out to loosen, then pushes back in and forward to tighten.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 22, 2015]
Jason
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

looks cool, cool ratcheting lace system

Weakness:

uncomfortable, hard to break in, way to expensive, not that light

Maybe it's just me, but I like to be comfortable when I ride. The best way to explain the shoes I think is by a question. If you are going to go buy a nice pair of running shoes, what do you look for? As being primarily an AM rider, I want a comfortable pair of shoes. The Kestrel is uber stiff, great for riding, but complete crap when your off the bike. And when it gets a little wet, forget about off the bike traction. Living in southern Arizonak, I don't know of anyone who can ride every inch of trail here. There are hike-a-bikes here that last for miles. The problem here is if you want to go down, you more than likely have to go up the same trail you want to to down; and the ups are not exactly that easy. Let's go hike-a-bike for 3 hours so we can ride the 30 minutes down kind of hike a bike. Steep, rocky and loose. So when I pay $180 for a pair of shoes, I expect them to be what they are advertised as; good on and off the bike, all mountain and enduro kind of shoe. I have had the shoes for about 3 months now and they still don't seem to be broken in, or maybe they are just that stiff. I wish the shoes were a little bit taller at the ankle because the top of the shoe is just above the heel, and like I said, every part of the shoe is stiff. I constantly have blisters on the back of my heels, the cool ratcheting lace system will make my toes numb when it feels tight enough to keep my heel from moving inside the shoe. The fancy ortholite insole doesn't help much with the shoe stiffness either. Bottom line is if I had a road bike and liked to be in pain for no good reason I would probably appreciate the overly stiff, trendy looking overpriced shoe. And lastly, shame on you Teva for pulling out of the bike shoe business. The Pivot was nearly the perfect shoe for people like me. People who wanted to ride in comfort. My opinion, don't waste your money on the Kestrel, even the Lace version they showed at interbike/eurobike isn't a whole lot better.

Similar Products Used:

510 hellcat, Giro something, Teva Pivot, Mavic Crossmax.

[Jun 17, 2015]
AntagonistHero
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Great fit (Once you get the right size, theyrun slightly large)
BOA Enclosure is awesome
Stiff pedal platform
Reenforced toe box
Comfortable

Weakness:

Durability. Lasted less than 2 months

I really wanted to love these shoes. I've had Five Ten Maltese Falcons and have ridden with Hellcats in the past. I found those shoes to be both comfortable and durable, but was looking for something with a bit of a stiffer sole for Enduro racing. Enter the Kestrel. It quickly checked off all the boxes, Five Ten Comfort, Stealth Rubber, Stiff Pedal Platform, Recessed cleat for walking into the bar for a post ride beer, etc.

After less than a month with these shoes the rubber near the toe started getting loose and saggy, less than a week later the rubber developed cracks and started to bunch up over the toe any time I took more than 2 steps walking in them. Mind you, the only walking I really did in these shoes was scoping out obstacles and grabbing a post ride beer here or there.

I would not recommend the Kestrel until Five Ten can resolve this issue with the rubber separating from the pedal platform.

Five Ten as a company is still a class act and offered an RMA replacement, but I decided to go with a more durable shoe. Until then I'm back to riding with my 5 year old cheap as chips Pearl Izumi's that may not be as comfortable, but are bombproof, and probably lighter.

Similar Products Used:

Pearl Izumi Select MTB shoe
Five Ten Hellcat
Five Ten Maltese Falcon

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