It’s the odd one out here, but the Freerider is a pretty perfectly designed shoe for the job of rough, cold, often wet off road UK cycling. I tested the ‘mid’ over autumn, winter and spring and it has yet to let me down in these conditions. The sole is flat to the pedal and provides lots of grip and efficient torque while pedalling, and even fairs pretty well when walking (although for technical hill walks, look to others in this roundup). The synthetic Primaloft gold insulation (made from recycled plastic bottles) has been a godsend, and has kept my pinkies pink even when conditions have been decidedly Scottish. The single leather forefoot upper, DWR treatment and a gusseted tongue has meant water ingress hasn’t been a huge problem, even on extended rides. The Freerider is structured, even slightly stiff footwear and so far seems built for the mountains – despite extensive use, there’s not a frayed seam or abraded leather anywhere. Once again, hard to fault.
VERDICT: Beautifully made, all weather cycling shoes.
BEST FOR: Rough, off road terrain, wet and cold multiday trips.
Review by David Lintern @