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First Look: Five Ten Impact revamped.

First Look: Five Ten Impact revamped.



The new Impacts have had a full redesign.

Five Ten have gone back to the drawing board and completely revamped their gravity shoes. They have streamlined their design with both the new Impact VXi flat and clipless shoes coming from the same mould. Shown here are the new Greg Minnaar signature shoe and the new Sam Hill’s for flat pedal pinning.

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Impact VXi Sam Hill

The new Impacts are considerably lighter than the classic shoe that, in recent years, has become the benchmark for flat pedal riding. Aside from the obvious visual changes Five Ten have updated their rubber to a new Mi6 compound. This stuff is super sticky and has been developed not to just improve grip but aid impact absorption and the buzz through the pedals on rough tracks. Hydrophobic foam has been used in the shoe uppers to help them dry out faster, so hopefully these won’t end up staying damp after a wet UK ride. They will be available in March 2014.



The clipless shoe, shown here in the Greg Minnaar colours, is based on the same platform as the flat shoes. Many riders are shifting their cleats behind the balls of the feet, sometimes even cutting into the sole to achieve the correct position. Five Ten have listened to riders doing this and extended the cleat slots to allow for placement up to 10mm further back than is currently possible. These too will be available in March next year.

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  1. Dan

    Since when did Ronald McDonald start designing 5:10’s?

  2. LammaBoy

    Looks like it came from the cheap bin at TK&Max

  3. loamranger

    so fuggerly…..I’ll stick to the old design

  4. Gaz

    Buy the current versions while you can – those are hideous!

  5. ronin

    i came to terms that my original impacts were the ugliest yet the best. is it possible to be wrong on both accounts?

  6. spacecrab

    i think they must design their shoes in the dark, the design is then approved in the dark, and the first time anyone actually sees them is upon release, so we all get to marvel at their ugliness together.
    they do work well though

  7. Messy

    Yuck. No thanks.

  8. Vesa

    The old Impacts are really hideous too, just in a different way. Doesn’t stop me from buying the shoes, the performance is too good to be bothered by the looks.

  9. Steve

    I’d be filled with sadness and shame every time I looked down if I bought these. Utterly foul. I’m no tart but with looks like this, the performance is irrelevant.

  10. Chris

    Adidas, stop tinkering!

  11. Matt Grindrod

    I cannot wait until the old Sam Hills are on sale because of these. as far as i can tell, that’ll be the best thing about these new designs

  12. neil

    these look great.

    people complained the old ones looked ugly
    then the company did something about it
    they release a contemporary design
    people still complain

    Get a grip people.

  13. Alasdair

    They are nearly half the weight yet provide the same protection and will also dry much much faster. They also have a new rubber compound which is still grippy when it’s cold and has better bump absorption properties. The fit is better than the previous shoes. The soles of the minaars are funnelled towards the cleat to help clip in (specifically design for crank bros pedals). I have had samples of them to check out and they do actually seem better though a lot of the old models will be continued anyway, Stop panicking!

  14. bedders

    I know they make the Karver FR but why still no DH (non-clipless) shoe with a strap across the laces?


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