I had been suitably impressed by the Five Ten Trailcross CL I tested last year so had high hopes for the Trailcross Pros when they arrived. The main differences being that neoprene cuff, Stealth Marathon outsole and the BOA closure. All these add up to a £40 higher asking price.
So what do you get for your £180? Well, you get an EVA midsole, abrasion resistant upper 50% of which is made from recycled materials, a Stealth Marathon outsole, moulded toe box, a neoprene ankle cuff and a single BOA closure.
I took a UK size 7 which fits my narrow feet well, the BOA closure’s chord being well spread across the bridge of the foot to spread the tightening across a larger portion of the foot makes for an even squeeze and a snug fit.
My main issue with the Trailcross Pros was getting the cleat height right. Even both a metal and a plastic spacer beneath the cleat, getting the cleat in and out of the pedal, regardless of cleat style, was pretty difficult. I am one of those clip riders that came from flats and will happily unclip a lot to dangle a safety leg. Anyone who likes their feet to stay put will love these though.
Beyond the clip issues, the Trailcross Pros are only slightly less all-day comfy than their CL counterparts, mostly due to the stiffer shank, but put more of your work into the pedals as a result. Hike-a-bike wise, again, like the CLs, the Five Ten rubber isn’t what it used to be and other shoes have beaten them in the outright grip stakes.
With the rubber not being as sticky as it used to be, the soles show little sign of wear, so at least they’ll last a fair while. I’m not convinced by the small velcro strap that was also present on the Trailcross CLs, it’s even more redundant here owing to the good spread of the BOA.
What do we think?
Five Ten have kept the comfiness of the Trailcross CL and put it in a slightly fancier package. The cleat slot feels deep so if you like your feet to stay put they’ll be the ones, if not, go for the CLs. Just don’t expect to have the legendary Five Ten sole traction as it isn’t there.
Could do better:
Cleat slot won’t suit everyone
Velcro strap is redundant
We yearn for the grip of old
You can check out the Five Ten Trailcross Pro Clip shoe on their website here.