Sea Otter: Five Ten shows all new Kestrel trail shoes with BOA closure system

Five Ten's Kestrel and Freerider Contact highlight their latest offerings

Sea Otter Classic Shoes

2015 Sea Otter Classic

The Kestrel is Five Ten's first shoe to feature the popular BOA closure system.

The Kestrel is Five Ten’s first shoe to feature the popular BOA closure system (click to enlarge).

Five Ten Kestrel

Five Ten was at the Sea Otter Classic showing their brand new enduro style mountain bike shoe called the Kestrel. The Kestrel is Five Ten’s first shoe to feature the popular BOA closure system used by many high-end cycling brands and offers a custom like fit with the turn of a dial. It is also the stiffest shoe they have ever made featuring a carbon-infused shank, but it’s not racer-boy, non-bending carbon stiff. True to their origins, this shoe retains a bit of cush while providing a better pedaling shoe. It has a dual rubber compound (grippy in the back, stiffer around the cleat) and slightly more narrow toe-box compared to some of Five Tens usual shoes (but it is definitely not as narrow as some euro design shoes). The upper is a sleek, low-profile design with a breathable mesh upper and a synthetic, weather-resistant toe box.

The features of the Five Ten Kestrel are:

  • US Sizes: 5-13, 14
  • UK Sizes: 4-12, 13
  • Weight:403g ea. (Size 9US)
  • Color: Team Black
  • Upper Material: Polyester Synthetic / Textile
  • Closure: Boa Closure System IP1

The Kestrel will be available in about one week and you can pre-order it right now via the Five Ten website. The MSRP is $180.00.

The Freerider Contact is an updated version of the previous Freerider VXi.

The Freerider Contact is an updated version of the previous Freerider VXi (click to enlarge).

Five Freerider Contact

Also on display at Sea Otter was the new-ish Freerider Contact. The Contact is a new version of the Freerider XVi but features a slimmer, lower profile upper and it is a little bit lighter. But the mid-sole is still the same and provides the same stiffness as the previous Impact. The Contact is a non-SPD shoe with their Contact Outsole designed for all mountain style flat pedal riders.

The features of the Five Ten Freerider Contact are:

  • US Sizes: 4-12, 13, 14
  • UK Sizes: 3-11, 12, 13
  • Weight:385g ea. (Size 9US)
  • Color: Black/Lime Punch or Grey/Blue
  • Upper Material: Polyester Synthetic/Textile
  • Closure: Laces

The Freerider Contact is available now with and MSRP of $125.00.

Freerider Contact shown in Grey/Blue.

Freerider Contact shown in Grey/Blue (click to enlarge).

For more information or to pre-order the Five Ten Kestrel visit

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2015 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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