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Tried out! Unmatched Dust Up MTB Shoes: Tighter Than Five Ten !?

unmatched? Never heard? The new shoe brand was founded by former Five Ten developers and should mainly convince with a particularly grippy and well-cushioned rubber. At least it looks so promising that we had to try it – you can read about our experiences here.

Unmatched Dust Up MTB Shoes: Info and Prices

Behind Unparallel there is one of those stories that sound funny: the company, founded by offstage athletes, grows to be so successful that it is bought by a large company. The original spirit is crushed and some employees do what they do best: they start a new company where everything is as before.

  • Field of application Flat-Pedal
  • closure Lacing, velcro
  • All Different rubber compounds
  • insole Recycling of Ortholite
  • weight 820 g (size 42)
  • Preis € 129

# Gray, green, brand new – Yet the Unparallel Dust Up looks equally familiar. We have already tried the Flat Pedal shoe, which costs 129 €.

Presentation: Unparallel Dust up – Tried !: Tighter than Five.Ten ?!

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The Dust Up is quite flat from the upper to the sole
# The Dust Up is quite flat from the upper to the sole – If you are looking for a lot of toe space, you should try the shoe.
The workmanship of the shoes is very good
# The workmanship of the shoes is very good – every seam, every embossing, every tie fits.

They are detail

Sympathy or not, the fact is: the acquisition of a company does not go hand in hand with changes. In this specific case, it is the Five Ten company, which a few years ago was taken over by Adidas. Some of the employees did not seem to appreciate Herzogenaurach’s influence, so they founded the Unparallel company without further ado. Now it should stimulate the MTB shoe market with a promise similar to that of Five Ten: the best grip!

As a result, the focus is on rubber and once again there is an offer for mountaineers and mountain bikers. It can be assumed that some of the know-how behind the famous stealth rubber has also flowed into the new shoes. In general, if someone has been developing shoes for years, they probably know how to develop shoes.

Profiling works perfectly
# Profiling works perfectly – repositioning on the pedal requires distinct relief.

The toe and heel have an extra sturdy coating
# The toe and heel have an extra sturdy coating – the material is overall resistant.
This is the only ventilation on the shoe
# This is the only ventilation on the shoe – so in my opinion it is less predestined for very hot days.

Unparallel uses different tires for different areas of the sole on the Dust Up flat pedal shoe. A rubber called “VD Virtual Demping” is used in the center, which should offer plenty of cushioning and maximum grip. In figures: VD rubber returns only 8% of the energy after an impact. On the edge instead, rubber called “RH Real Honor” is used, which has almost double the Shore hardness and does not dampen as well, but is more resistant to abrasion.

The lacing and velcro keep the shoe firmly in place
# The lacing and velcro keep the shoe firmly in place – the volume in the forefoot area can only be adjusted to a limited extent.

Out of the box you quickly notice: no lightweight construction has been used here, the model is heavier than, for example, a Specialized 2FO or the Five Ten Trailcross. The look does not differ much from many other mountain bike shoes: smooth surfaces, slightly profiled soles, lacing and velcro. So at first glance: no revolution, no experiment. Incidentally, there is no nice surprise when it comes to the price: the shoe has a safe price of 129 €. But at the moment there are some discounts, probably also because the brand is not very well known.

The upper took on every contact
# The upper took on every contact – rough cleaning is easy.

But back to the product: the collaboration with well-known suppliers can be seen, for example, in the insole. Here is an Ortholite brand. The insole was created in the same collaboration that has been the case with Five Ten since the acquisition of Adidas. But different is the use of recycled material, which can be clearly seen by removing the insole.

The cushioning is very good and does its bit for control
# The cushioning is very good and does its bit for control – can be slid very precisely around corners.

In the test

The Unparallel Dust Up is normal, maybe a little smaller than the selected size 42. Incidentally, the orientation towards American sizes ensures that not all German sizes are in the middle, for example 43.5. The entry works well, although the lacing tends to prevent the tongue from opening easily. The laces can then be elegantly hidden under the velcro. The shoes feel a little wooden due to the rigid construction and durable rubber. An effect very similar to that of some Five Ten shoes: although the rubber has a lot of grip, it walks noisily and not like on moccasins. But the focus is not on the soft tread, but on the good grip of the pedal.

The low-cut shoe offers a lot of freedom of movement
# The low-cut shoe offers a lot of freedom of movement – at the same time, of course, only a little protection for the ankle itself.

On the pedal still dominates the impression of the rigid sole, also relatively high (heel considerably higher than the toes) and which allows you to stay a little spaced on the pedal. The upper comfortably encloses the shoe and especially the heel. The tongue is comfortable but not overly padded. The entire upper material also has a soft mesh layer on the inside, so pressure points (if the size is right) aren’t an issue.

The feel for the pedal is okay, but it could be a little more direct
# The feel for the pedal is okay, but it could be a little more direct – but the sole is nice and stiff.
In addition to the Dust Up for flat pedals, Unparallel also has click models in its range
# In addition to the Dust Up for flat pedals, Unparallel also has click models in its range – Piece by piece the palette will now be completed.

I’m a little surprised that Unparallel recommends the shoe for warm temperatures. The poor ventilation openings and the dense, washable upper, including the inner lining, ensure that it is warm enough. At 20C it’s certainly very good, but at 30C I’d rather be out and about in an airy shoe with large mesh areas. In mud and variable conditions, the shoe is perfect and easy to clean. With thick socks, the Dust Up can probably be used even in mild winters.

Unparallel left it to the shoe itself where it folds as it rolls off
# Unparallel left it to the shoe itself where it folds as it rolls off – wrinkles look a bit ugly, I think.

But finally: the taking! Result of the different rubber mixtures: The grip on the pedal is very good, this is due to the small indentations and the rubber in common. I would say: the rubber has a better grip than the Adidas Terrex Trail, for example, and on the rubber side it is quite similar to the Five Ten Trailcross, but with a better tooth profile. However, repositioning is not easy.

The slightly rougher profile in the toe area works as desired when pushing. After some time, the upper material has twisted in seemingly non-predefined places and has corresponding creases. This could certainly be made even smarter.

The grip when walking is improved in the toe and heel
# The grip when walking is improved in the toe and heel – works well and does not bother the pedal at all.

Tried out! Unprecedented Dust Up

For a product preview, the Unparallel Dust Up is a great shoe. Unsurprisingly, you know that the producers have a lot of experience. If you are looking for a snug, stiff and quite warm shoe, you can find it here. For my personal taste, the outsole could be a little flatter and the upper could be better ventilated.


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