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    Carnac's ftw!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntonioGG View Post
    Do you by any chance have a high arch?
    No... Quite the opposite.

    Honestly... I'm kind of a take what's availabe and make it work person. Within reason of course. I won't take a size 11 shoe and cut off the toe section so my foot fits.

    When I bought my old Shimanos they were on sale and seemed to fit well. I've played sports all my life so I have a bit of experience with shoe fit. But after reading all this stuff online I'm thinking I was just lucky, because I had no conscious thought as to toe box width, heel slippage, sole stiffness, types of closures... I just bought them because they seemed to fit and were affordable. Kind of like how I bought my bike.

    Unfortunately, going to a LBS hasn't helped.

    The Shimano shoes I've tried on were not so comfortable, and others shoes just looked really cheaply made, or were very expensive.

    A person at one of the stores told me that they don't stock much of an MTB selection because of the cost to sales ratio these days. He said they mainly stocked road shoes because they tend to be the better sellers for both road use and Spinning classes.

    So now I'm kind of forced to into a cat-in-a-bag scenario... By buying online. Which is why I resurrected this thread.

    But there is a silver lining... As I took a long shot and contacted someone who had commented on this thread three years ago regarding having a pair of size twelve shoes that were just sitting in his closet. And guess what... He's still got them.

    Growing up my mom always said... It never hurts to ask.

    Thanks again for all the input folks... It's helped, and I appreciate it.

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    When i ride SPD, which is usually only on my X bike, I run five ten maltese falcons. Had a pair for 5 years and been really happy with them on and off the bike. Grippy when you have to hike, comfortable, and look like skate shoes so not too obvious when enjoying the after ride beer at the brewery.

    They can be hot as f*ck in the summer though.

    5ten on the cheap

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    Five Ten | Hellcat Clipless Mountain Biking Shoe | Grey/Black

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    Question about using shoes 5Ten sell... How well do they work when you've stalled in a hairy position on a trail, like uphill on a steep switchback, and need to put your foot down and get good grip? I get that on a flat rock kind of situation you'd be good with the sticky rubber flat sole (probably better than with lugs/studs), but I'm thinking more dirt or a mixture of loose rock/dirt. From experience I understand that lugs/studs can dig in, but I've not used flat soles.

    On another note... I tried on Louis Garneau, SIDI, and Pearl Izumi size 12s yesterday — preowned, so stretched — and they were all just a but short for my size 12 feet. Not science, but just a heads up on these particular brands. They may run on the lean side re. fit.

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    I need new shoes too. I just tore up my second pair of shimano's in 2 years and 3 pairs of them since I moved back down here 4 years ago.. I think I want something thats more like a shoe and not a cleat. because i'm riding over my head, i put my foot down a lot on off camber and jagged rocks which is literally tearing the bottom of the shoe apart.

    I've narrowed down my choices to the PI XAlp Seek, Giro Rumble VR, or 5ten Kestrals. The Giro's are 60 bucks for the "dress blue/gum" version on Amazon so feels like a no brainer to try them out

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    Quote Originally Posted by NachoMaster View Post
    I need new shoes too. I just tore up my second pair of shimano's in 2 years and 3 pairs of them since I moved back down here 4 years ago.. I think I want something thats more like a shoe and not a cleat. because i'm riding over my head, i put my foot down a lot on off camber and jagged rocks which is literally tearing the bottom of the shoe apart.

    I've narrowed down my choices to the PI XAlp Seek, Giro Rumble VR, or 5ten Kestrals. The Giro's are 60 bucks for the "dress blue/gum" version on Amazon so feels like a no brainer to try them out
    I seem to follow this pattern: Buy a pair of PI's, love them, wear them out, buy something different because it's on sale, be disappointed, buy a pair of PI's, and so on. That pattern in mind, if my current pair of PI X-Alp Enduro's gave out tomorrow, it would be hard to pass on these:

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    Quote Originally Posted by NachoMaster View Post
    I need new shoes too. I just tore up my second pair of shimano's in 2 years and 3 pairs of them since I moved back down here 4 years ago.. I think I want something thats more like a shoe and not a cleat. because i'm riding over my head, i put my foot down a lot on off camber and jagged rocks which is literally tearing the bottom of the shoe apart.

    I've narrowed down my choices to the PI XAlp Seek, Giro Rumble VR, or 5ten Kestrals. The Giro's are 60 bucks for the "dress blue/gum" version on Amazon so feels like a no brainer to try them out
    This is how all my shoes have died. The Vibram sole on my Rimes disentegrated. My Shimanos are tougher and will probably last longer but they're not as nice to walk in (stiff/slippy). My PI's strike a good balance but they are getting chewed up as well.

    I think anything with really soft/sticky rubber is just going to get eaten by rocks and hike-a-bike. I'm guessing if I lived in the PNW and was surrounded by loamy dirt and fluffy ferns, my shoes would last a decade....but alas I live in the land of rock and cactus....

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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingAgain View Post
    Question about using shoes 5Ten sell... How well do they work when you've stalled in a hairy position on a trail, like uphill on a steep switchback, and need to put your foot down and get good grip? I get that on a flat rock kind of situation you'd be good with the sticky rubber flat sole (probably better than with lugs/studs), but I'm thinking more dirt or a mixture of loose rock/dirt. From experience I understand that lugs/studs can dig in, but I've not used flat soles.

    On another note... I tried on Louis Garneau, SIDI, and Pearl Izumi size 12s yesterday — preowned, so stretched — and they were all just a but short for my size 12 feet. Not science, but just a heads up on these particular brands. They may run on the lean side re. fit.
    To me, they seem to work fine. the soft rubber grips well, and that includes my freerider vxi slicks. the only time theres an issue is in the wet, but f@ck riding in the wet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NachoMaster View Post
    I need new shoes too. I just tore up my second pair of shimano's in 2 years and 3 pairs of them since
    I'm done w shimano after smoking 2 pairs of them..one of them in 3 months...Ive had good luck w sidi dominators until the last pair then switched to Pearl Izumi which were durable...I just bought some Mavics last week, they're comfortable and stiff so I'll see how long they hold up...

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    has anyone seen a LBS stocking the Giro Terraduro HV shoes?

    need the HV version for my wide feet.

    Terraduro? HV

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    Snagged some of these shimano me7's a few months ago. So far I like them. Don't even feel the cleat, good off bike in the rocks, and the neoprene boot part keeps dirt out surprisingly well. Only downside they're a bit warmer than I'm used to with more XC race style dominators I've used for almost 20 years. Won't miss skating on rocks! We'll see on longevity.


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    Next pair might have the bootie things. My 5-10s are crumb catchers. Also maybe too soft of a sole, kinda getting a hot spot under right ball of foot and thinking a stiffer platform might help distribute the weight more evenly to more of the pedal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    Next pair might have the bootie things. My 5-10s are crumb catchers. Also maybe too soft of a sole, kinda getting a hot spot under right ball of foot and thinking a stiffer platform might help distribute the weight more evenly to more of the pedal.
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    Finally decided on a pair of Scott MTB Comp shoes. Online reviews were positive and the price very affordable. First impression... I like them. Pretty light, fit is good — maybe a little more room in the toe than needed, but my old Shimanos were the same.

    Taking for a ride tomorrow and will give more feedback.

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    My PI's died after about 20 months of riding: Men's X-Alp Launch II | Pearl Izumi Cycling Gear

    The sole cracked just in front of the cleat bed and the "carbon" sole plate started poking through. PI has a lifetime warranty; we'll see if they come through.

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    After 10 years in Sidis, I switched to Shimano's XC7 and they haven't let me down for the past year.

    1. With the XC7s I can actually walk HOL dam without performing a prat fall in front of all those college coeds, having them laugh at me as I scramble back up, soaked, my bike wrapped around me like a pool noodle.

    2. I like the dial-in thingy that secures the fit on the XC7. I like that I can pop it straight out when I need a quick release. My Sidis, after a couple of years, the outside clips would jam and I'd be stuck having to wear those things for days: to work, to church, etc. More embarrassment.

    3. I like that the XC7 gets good reviews because I need the validation: Shimano XC7 SPD shoe review - MBR

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    Quote Originally Posted by NachoMaster View Post
    I need new shoes too. I just tore up my second pair of shimano's in 2 years and 3 pairs of them since I moved back down here 4 years ago.. I think I want something thats more like a shoe and not a cleat. because i'm riding over my head, i put my foot down a lot on off camber and jagged rocks which is literally tearing the bottom of the shoe apart.

    I've narrowed down my choices to the PI XAlp Seek, Giro Rumble VR, or 5ten Kestrals. The Giro's are 60 bucks for the "dress blue/gum" version on Amazon so feels like a no brainer to try them out
    Yo, let me know if you get the Kestrels and how they work for you. I've been eyeing them up.
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    Anybody have experience with the Scott Trail Boa Evo?

    Scott Trail Boa Evo Shoe | Jenson USA

    I'm looking for something that can work with clipless as well as flat pedals, but I'm just not sure how well the tread on these will grip flats...
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    This is one the Scott Trail Boa Evo Shoe.... Team Tested: SCOTT Trail Boa EVO Shoes Review | ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine

    These are on other similar Scott shoes... https://www.pinkbike.com/news/scott-...view-2014.html . . . Scott Trail mountain bike shoe review - BikeRadar USA

    What impressed me was that across the board Scott's shoes seemed to be getting very good reviews... From their high-end shoes to their budget shoes.

    Either Scott is doing one hell of a online marketing job, or they are being very consistent with the quality of the shoes they are manufacturing.

    BTW, the Scott Trail Boa Evo was on my shortlist... But Jenson didn't have the size I need.

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    The problem is that neither of those reviews (or any others I can find) mention anything about the grip when you aren't clipped in. I know the outsole is made of "Sticki Rubber", but that just sounds like marketing BS to me. I was hoping I could get some firsthand info on how these shoes perform on flats.
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