The Freerider Elements is a water-resistant version of the standard Freerider
The Freerider Elements is a water-resistant version of the standard Freerider. The mesh panels have been eliminated from the synthetic upper and it’s treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) coating to help bead and repel water.
Water can still get into the top of the shoe, but it offers a bit more protection when riding through puddles and on wet trails.
I’ve tested both the normal and Element shoes over the last year and I actually prefer the Elements Freerider, even when riding in the dry.
This is because the synthetic upper adds quite a bit of stiffness and stability to the shoe, and it feels much more solid on the pedals as a result.
I also found it to be harder wearing — the synthetic material doesn’t appear to cut up or tear as quickly as the mesh/canvas on the standard Freerider, and, for some reason, the rubber sole is also a lot more durable, despite looking identical.
Obviously you’re paying £5 more for the Elements’ additional features, but it’s money well spent, as this shoe is better sealed, lasts longer and offers greater support.