Five Ten Sleuth DLX Mountain Bike Shoes Men's
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On the other hand, it’s also probably tied with the Sleuth DLX in terms of being the slowest to dry once I get it fully soaked (again, of the four shoes I’m reviewing here).
Even though the Sleuth has a more casual appearance, it packs more riding-focused features like an EVA midsole and dotty Marathon sole.Over a 40 km day in the saddle with 1500 meters of elevation gain and six rough enduro stages, my feet remained very comfortable throughout. This gives the pedal quite a significant concavity with respect to the top of the pins sat along the front and rear edges, and the central axle. That said, the Sleuth grips the pedals / pins better, it offers a bit more heel and toe protection, and its extended laces provide a more secure fit than most of those shoes. Overall, the Powerline is a very solid option for people who (1) want some of the added protection of a mid-height shoe, (2) don’t want that to come with a bunch of extra weight, bulk, or extremely poor breathability, and (3) don’t demand the absolute highest-grip rubber. The size range and colourways are the only difference, thus the info and advice below is true for both the Men’s and the Women’s versions.
Also, I’m also baffled by the seeming inability or reluctance of other brands to make really sticky rubber shoes. Whether you're tackling rough trails or cruising through the city, the Sleuth offers excellent power transfer and efficient grip to keep you going. This wasn’t all that surprising, given the construction — the Trailcross LT isn’t a magic shoe that is way more breathable than other shoes while also matching their durability. While it’ll repel moisture for a bit, once that moisture gets inside the Powerline, it is quite slow to evaporate.What I discovered is that the Vans’ soles were soft and extra grippy, which made them good in many situations but less adaptable to rapidly changing trail conditions.
I’ve got good old impacts for rocky stuff and bought some adidas terrex swift solo for my gravel bike and bigger rides. Despite its rather lifestyle-oriented aesthetic, the Sleuth DLX Canvas gets the same 60a durometer Stealth Rubber out-sole you’ll see on the Freerider Classic and Pro Shoes (the non-marking version); its unrivaled tackiness makes Five Ten the market leader in flat pedal mountain bike shoes. As Luke Koppa discusses below in his reviews, foot-placement adjustability can be a bit subjective, since some people prefer a less sticky outsole that makes it easier to move your feet around on the pedals.We are proud to say that all of our bikes are pre-built and go through a rigorous inspection procedure before the bike arrives at your doorstep.
And from a subjective standpoint, the Powerline’s ankle collar just feels very nice, pliable, and comfortable.In terms of protection, the Sleuth DLX is on the more minimal side of things, though I haven’t had any real complaints in terms of it feeling loose / sloppy / unsupportive.