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I had a similar experience and one that was down to being a dumb customer. I ordered Wildcats as I liked the concept of the velcro strap to get a nice snug fit with the laces. I also thought the sole had the tackiest rubber compound. Coming off of a pair of 5.10 the Wildcats didn't cut it grip wise. And the fit was smaller than I was user to and 10.5 was too small.
I then ordered the Powerline and these are definitely comparable to the 5.10 Freeriders with respect to grip, but with a slightly stiffer sole and better foot protection in the toe box, ankle etc.
The Powerline is a good mid point between the 5.10 Freeriders and Impact. I find the Impact too clunky but appreciate the extra protection of that shoe on bigger rougher descents. I've smashed my toes too many times in the Freeriders to ride those now.
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