Rider Review: Five Ten District Flats

If you are riding flat pedal shoes or you are looking for a pair of shoes to help you with your foot out, flat out style then no doubt you are familiar with the brand 510. Touted by many as the industry leaders in shoes for both flat pedals and clipless mopuntain biking pedals, 510 certainly needs no introduction. We took a long term look at one of their more budget-friendly options the Five-Ten District flat pedal shoes, a pair of shoes that is designed as an all-round shoe for on and off the bike.

Product: Five-Ten District Flats

RRP: $189.00 AUD

Available at: All good bike stores.

The Nitty Gritty

Five Ten are known for their quality shoes with predictable performance that have been the staple for many riders for many years. The District shoe is touted as a crossover shoe aimed as an everyday shoe that performs well on the bike and is aimed at commuters and riders alike. Whilst it is not aimed at purely mountain bike use we certainly found them to be adequate on the trail.

  • Regular Fit
  • Lace Closure
  • Leather and Synthetic upper
  • Non-marking Marathon® outer sole

Test Results

The first thing we found when we donned a pair of the Five Ten District shoes was how damn comfortable they were, I seriously could strut around in these all day, which is exactly what they were designed for. Not only do they look good but they are comfy as hell and certainly could make their way into the wardrobe as an everyday shoe, on or off the trails. The real test comes down to how they performed on the bike, after all we are a mountain biking website and if it isn’t any good on the bike, then what’s the point?

One thing we found immediately was how much grip they actually have when you jam your foot on a decent pair of flat pedals, to be honest I didn’t expect them to perform as well given their design purpose. Whilst the rubber is not the patented  Stealth® S1 rubber sole that is donning the bottom of a pair of Five Ten Freeriders , the Marathon® rubber sole performance is pretty darn good. We tested them for everyday trail use at a variety of trail networks and even decided to whack them on and head to Boomerang Farm on the big rig. The moral of the story is that these shoes perform extremely well for all mountain biking purposes as far as grip goes.

We certainly put these bad boys through their paces

The real difference between these shoes and strictly mountain bike orientated offerings from Five Ten are not only the rubber sole, but the absence of toe protection via a harder toe box; and the lack of breath-ability. There is no doubt that these shoes do get hot, especially in Australian riding conditions, the absence of ventilation in the rubber upper is certainly felt and could put a potential buyer off if you were chasing strictly mountain biking shoes.

The Final Word

Overall, as to be expected we were thoroughly impressed by the Five Ten District shoes and for those heading to the pump track or riding street as well as mountain biking, these could be the perfect fit. Whilst they don’t provide the same level of protection or ventilation as the high spec Five Ten shoes, they do still provide a high level of comfort and better grip than most other brands. For us these shoes are a comfortable, good looking multipurpose biking shoe that comes in at a reasonable price point. The real issue is going to be getting a pair of Five Ten Shoes in Australia for a while due to the lack of distributor….

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