Five Ten's notoriously sticky Stealth 1 rubber is just one component that makes the Freeride Element a top choice for flat pedal riders. The BMX inspired Action leather upper, supportive heel cup, and cushy impact protection add to its popularity in lift lines and jump parks. This isn't a glorified skate shoe, it's intended for the abrasion and harsh conditions the gravity crowd demands.The Action leather is double stitched for durability and placed where pedals, cranks, and trail side obstacles would send other shoes into early retirement. This construction also gives the Freeride structure, with mesh filling voids to prevent overheating in the summer. The midsoles are semi stiff to support the foot and prevent hot spots without dulling feedback from your bike. Underneath the midsoles are Five Ten's legendary high friction Stealth S1 rubber compound and a grippy tread pattern. Stealth S1 isn't just there for the grip, it also adds excellent cushioning and shock absorption.