Five Ten loved what it had going with its original Freerider shoe so much that it decided more riders could benefit from the shoe if it made a few tweaks and changes to the design. More than a few tweaks and changes later, the Freerider line has grown considerably, and the Freerider ELC Men's Shoe was born out of a desire to make a version capable of handling the demands of destructive all mountain and enduro terrain. To do this, the designers at Five Ten started with the midsole, stiffening it more than the original Freerider into a rigid platform ready to transfer power without wasting hard earned watts, giving you license to blast through tight and twisty lines and take big hits while maintaining a strong connection to the pedals. On the outside of the shoe, an upper made from a mix of synthetic and leather panels comes complete with a polyurethane coating, giving the Freerider ELC plenty of reinforcement for the times you dump your bike flying around a gravelly switchback. To give the shoe a slim, contoured fit around your foot, Five Ten gave the Freerider a lace up closure but protected it from mud and debris with a wide hook and loop strap that closes over the top. Of course, Five Ten finishes the shoe with its popular non marking Stealth Phantom rubber outsole and Dotty tread, making sure you'll have some traction during tight sections necessitating quick thinking and walking only.