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    I've proved to be really really hard on bikes and gear in general (maybe its from weighing 230 and being a considerably aggressive rider) but my pearl izumi shoes took a ton of abuse before kicking the can. i would absolutely buy them again. (and i have some brand new ones for sale size 12 BTW only $35)



    i recently picked up some Louis Garneau Terra HRS 80 and i like the way they look and feel, but already ripped off one of the entire toe cleats after only one ride :/


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    Quote Originally Posted by Seths Pool View Post
    I've proved to be really really hard on bikes and gear in general (maybe its from weighing 230 and being a considerably aggressive rider) but my pearl izumi shoes took a ton of abuse before kicking the can. i would absolutely buy them again. (and i have some brand new ones for sale size 12 BTW only $35)



    i recently picked up some Louis Garneau Terra HRS 80 and i like the way they look and feel, but already ripped off one of the entire toe cleats after only one ride :/


    i ride clipless everywhere. XC and DH
    I have those LG shoes. My shoes smell like ass due to all the sweating now that summer is back. When all the sweat rolls right down to your shoes makes them funky. Any recommendations to clean the shoes? I was thinking about soaking them in a bucket of soap and water and drying them off in the sun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seths Pool View Post
    I've proved to be really really hard on bikes and gear in general (maybe its from weighing 230 and being a considerably aggressive rider) but my pearl izumi shoes took a ton of abuse before kicking the can. i would absolutely buy them again. (and i have some brand new ones for sale size 12 BTW only $35)



    i recently picked up some Louis Garneau Terra HRS 80 and i like the way they look and feel, but already ripped off one of the entire toe cleats after only one ride :/


    i ride clipless everywhere. XC and DH
    Those PI's were my first ever pair of clipless shoes. They lasted forever and were very comfy. I got spoiled and thought all MTB shoes were like that. During their life, I bought at least two pairs of replacement shoes but found myself going back to the PI's each time. They still live in my trunk as my "oh shit, I forgot all my gear and I'm at the trailhead" shoes. Only thing is that the soles are a little too hard and can be slick.
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    X-Ray - try the dishwasher on the lightest cycle with a non-bleach-based mild detergent works wonders for helmets and shoes.


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    I rock the LG Terra's also. No stink issue but they are on the narrow side for sure. Grips boths sides of my wam d10s no prob. If there is a wide one I would prolly like it more better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugger View Post
    X-Ray - try the dishwasher on the lightest cycle with a non-bleach-based mild detergent works wonders for helmets and shoes.


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    Thanks for tip. Any MTB shoes I own get funky. At times, I do ride in the hottest part of the day or just long ass rides that will make you sweat so much that your feet are soaked from sweat. I used to run long distances back in the day and same deal, feet would be drenched. Running shoes never got funky. Maybe the material? Gloves get funky too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by X-Ray View Post
    Thanks for tip. Any MTB shoes I own get funky. At times, I do ride in the hottest part of the day or just long ass rides that will make you sweat so much that your feet are soaked from sweat. I used to run long distances back in the day and same deal, feet would be drenched. Running shoes never got funky. Maybe the material? Gloves get funky too.
    That funk is mold/mildew/fungus/bacteria - I add vinegar to the wash with gym/run/bike clothes and wash on hot. I wouldn't wash shoes and helmet with hot water though, likely to cause lamination issues.

    Also for shoes - after a run or ride I have 2 of those baking soda boxes that have the sides removed (vented) and I stick a dryer sheet in each shoe, then the box of baking soda - seems to help pull the moisture, absorb the odor and the dryer sheet leaves a wonder scent...you know for those times you want to smell your dirty shoes.


    Gloves and halo get hung with a "bat" hanger right away to start drying out.


    I might try Seth's method - the lemon, pineapple garlic inserts.
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    Thought it was time to revist this shoe thread...

    My Shimano M086 finally gave in after some 5 years of use. The rubber sole came apart by the cleat area. Which is a shame, because the uppers are in perfect shape.

    So I've been spending time looking for a new pair (the selection at LBS here in Austin is really poor) and after some hours I'm as confused as I am with bottom brackets, rear hubs, handlebar widths... And on and on.

    I'm size 12, wear regular width (but a broken right foot little toe needs a little extra space), weight 240+ (lost 8 lbs in the last twelve weeks... yay me), ride Shimano M647 pedals (best of both worlds).

    I've kind of narrowed things down to the following (no particular order of preference)...

    Five Ten KESTREL... Five Ten | Kestrel Boa Men's Clipless MTB Shoe - Grey/Slime

    Pearl-Izumi X Project 3.0... https://www.amazon.com/Pearl-Izumi-R...FFQ?th=1&psc=1

    Shimano SH-XC51... https://www.amazon.com/Shimano-SH-XC...TF8&th=1&psc=1

    Mavic Crossride Sl Elite... https://www.amazon.com/Mavic-Crossri...TF8&th=1&psc=1

    Scott 2017 Mens MTB Pro... https://www.amazon.com/Scott-2017-Me...BB4&th=1&psc=1

    Any feedback on personal experiences with the above would be appreciated... Also, suggestions on more recent models than are in the comments would help too.

    I don't use my riding shoes to walk around in for any extended time, so walking comfort isn't a big issue for me.

    I am a large fellow with pretty powerful legs, so I can apply some pressure to the soles. My old Shimano shoes had fairly stiff soles for an inexpensive shoe and I think it worked well for me.

    And I'm not so big on the Boa closure system... Maybe for the top closure, but velcro on the two lower closures are my preference.

    Thanks for the help.
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    Heard mixed reviews on the Kestral's durability. The sole is kind of soft for walking grip and it gets chewed up on rocks. Never owned a pair personally.

    I have the "enduro" version of the Shimano, the M163. Its alright. Stiff like an XC shoe, if that's what you want. The standard size runs narrow but they make a wide version. The rubber is not that grippy for walking.

    I'm gonna throw out two that aren't on this list:

    Pearl Izumi XAlp Launch 2. Good balance of walking comfort vs being stiff. Plenty of room in the toe area. Been holding up decently well on rocks. The BOA is on the top where it should be, not off to the side where rocks can eat it. Toe area has good armor. Downsides are that they take a while to break in and they're just OK on ventilation. Also a bro (who may chime in) just clipped a toe at speed and ripped out a cleat. But it was an epic crash, YMMV.

    Specialized Rime. I cannot recommend this one at all but have to mention it. It disintegrated on me; the sole just got mauled by the rocks. And they are 200 F'n bones....but goddamn if they weren't the most comfortable pair of shoes, ever. Like better than some tennis shoes I've owned.

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    Update on my Rimes...

    Still as comfortable as they were when I got them. After that first BOA warranty replacement mentioned previously, I've had zero issues with them. The soles are a little worn, but all the lugs are there. Not a single ruptured stitch or separated adhesive. The two velcro straps are curled up a bit but stay flat and secure when pressed to the shoe. My only complaint with them is that they kind of look like they belong in a Jazzercise class. But they're in this condition after 3-4 years of riding!

    Greenblur, I'm sorry you haven't had the same experience I've had. It's quite possible that you've put many more miles on them then I have and hiked a bit more.
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    I am a big PI fan, but was extremely disappointed in the X Project shoes. Especially after the extremely long delay in the release. I got the 3.0, they did not fit well, the heel is really low, so it always felt like my foot was going to come out. After 1 65mile EB training ride I was done with them, returned. I considered getting the fit kit until I was told I had to order one and I think it was $30-40.

    I bet Pearl Izumi XAlp Launch are solid.

    Mavic Crossride XL have been AWESOME! Only recently had to replace a lace 2+ years into them. I even got a pair of the Crossmax XL, they are still in the box, awaiting the death of the Crossride. Not too keen on that ratchet being on the side, I like the velcro on the Crossride, Boa on the top (not the side) would be OK.
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    Specialized Carbon Pro which is no longer made apparently .

    Mine are blown the F out and still kicking. Looks like I'll have to hunt around for something else. I personally hate the Boa enclosure Specialized has gone with.

    I tried a few pair of shoes with plastic soles...the ones I tried were awful (mavic, specialized)....

    Only Sidi I tried I failed to order the mega wide fatass version. I literally couldn't feel my feet for 2 of those 3 hours on my only ride with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenblur View Post
    But it was an epic crash, YMMV.
    I was just riding along... and then suddenly I wasn't. Hooray no acute injuries though.

    My feet generally don't get hot, so I'd say the ventilation was totally fine, but I find the foot protection is a little lacking. I haven't had a rock break a toe or anything, but you definitely notice when your tire throws up a rock and you kick it. Moreso than the Five Ten Malteses that I have, although those are hot.

    I'm going to try to warranty these (lol) but then probably just buy them again if it gets denied. Good shoes. I'd also never consider shoes without a boa now.

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    Specialized Comp MTB wide

    The toe is hard for hits and slams into rocks and roots, Sole is stiff enough for racing duties and hammering for hours on the road.

    Rubber is grippy enough to ride out the chunk while not clipped in. Also plenty of traction and depth of cleat to walk on all of our rocks for hike a bike and creek crossings.
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    Thanks for the feedback.

    Just came across these... At a discounted price at the moment...

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    Also found this on Performance Bikes website... Thought it was useful...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingAgain View Post
    Thanks for the feedback.

    Just came across these... At a discounted price at the moment...

    Giro Privateer R Review | OutdoorGearLab
    I had the slightly cheaper version of those. Can't remember the model name, but same basic shoe with 3 velcro straps. The bottom sole completely separated from the uppers. I had to duct tape them on the trail to ride home. I also have heard about other models of Giros coming unglued.
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    Do you by any chance have a high arch? If you do, you may want to try out the Shimanos before you buy them. I love the price, look, and feel of Shimanos, but I cannot wear them unfortunately.

    My previous 3 sets of shoes have been Pearl Izumi (no clue on the model, long gone, nice and roomy in the toe box), Specialized Comp Pro (or something like this, the one with the ratchet strap) which I still have and is my backup shoe, and Specialized S-works. I kind of like the BOA system for adjustability, but not for easy of putting them on or taking them off (the high arch issue again). The specialized shoes have held on extremely well after thousands of miles. The lugs are getting worn out to the point that I can't wear them in the house (wood floors) because the cleat sticks out now. I wish they were like the SIDIs with replaceable lugs, or like the road Specialized shoes. I sometimes wonder if I took them to a local cobbler, would they be able to add new lugs? Has anyone tried?

    Oh I also have some Specialized shoes, with more rubber and more flexibility and lace uppers for commuting. They're very comfortable. I have worn them all day at work. I don't wear these often though.

    I've tried a pair of Sidis for the road and they were too narrow for me. One of my dogs chewed one of the shoes up and I wasn't too sad or mad about it.
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    Been wearing a pair of 3-strap Sidi Giau mtb shoes since 2011. They have held up very nicely. Also have a pair of Sidi road shoes of a similar design that have also held up very well.
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