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    mtb shoes from Austin terrain

    how are you guys shod these days as far as SPD-compatible shoes go? I have some cheap Giro Carbides that do the job but they seem to be getting torn up quickly. they are also sketchy on rocks while hiking when the trail get too hairy for me, and don't feel secure on creek crossings. I see a lot more of those sneaker-style shoes like the Giro Rumble and Specialized Rime and I have to wonder if those would be a better choice. I want to give platforms and sticky sneakers a go, but the idea of riding a single-speed hardtail without clipping in does not fill me with confidence.
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    These look pretty sweet.
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    These have held up great for me
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    I've been wearing Rime's for about 18mo now. They have been great. That being said, they are a warranty pair. The first pair basically exploded within the first month and I was going in to return them when they offered to warranty them. 2nd pair has held up great.
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    Mavic Alpine XL is what I ride most and also 5-10 Maltese Falcon. But the new Kestrel looks interesting.

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    I go with Pearl Izumi X-Alp IIIs. They were somewhat pricey, but I've had the same pair for 3 years now, and while they're fairly worn and starting to show a few issues, they're still functional. I had the previous model and it lasted about 4-5 years, but that was mostly road riding.

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    unrelated, I got some Pearl Izumi Alp (?) shoes from someone on here a few months ago, size 42. they are just a tiny bit too small for me and I don't wear them anymore. free to a good home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    unrelated, I got some Pearl Izumi Alp (?) shoes from someone on here a few months ago, size 42. they are just a tiny bit too small for me and I don't wear them anymore. free to a good home.
    I would like to try them on. I'm usually between a 42 and 43. I had some like Taco Man's but probably four year models ago and loved them.
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    For some reason, my feet are starting to change and I can't find any shoes that fit and I just can't make myself fork over the $$$ for another pair of Sidis, which are now in the $260 range.

    I tried on some "enduro" style shoes, which are lace-ups and seem more oriented to hike-a-bike situations but couldn't find a good fit.
    Last year I had a pair of regular Keens that I used with flat pedals to ride the GAP/C&O Canal from Pittsburg to DC and they worked great. I still use them when riding my in-town bike.

    I'm going to pull the plug on a pair of KEEN Women's Arroyo Pedal Cycling Shoe to see how they work for summer.
    The guy version is here.
    Hopefully, they will have all the benefits of a shoe and a sandal and none of the drawbacks. They look like they might work well alternating between flat pedals and clipless.
    Keens has another iteration (all synthetic) called the Commuter IV.

    Yeah, Keens look weird but I'm past the point of caring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Goat View Post
    Mavic Alpine XL is what I ride most and also 5-10 Maltese Falcon. But the new Kestrel looks interesting.

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    I am running the same 510, but seriously considering the Alpine XL or maybe the Enduro Crossmax, especially as a summer shoe - it would be nice to shave a FULL POUND off the shoes and still have the platform I have grown to love. Kestrel, IMO, looks too low cut and "flimsy". I wish the Minaar was still in production or could be found in sizes under 11.

    What pros/cons do you experience when you compare the Maltese to the Alpine XL?
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    Use these instead, they way better than anything else anyone else has posted.

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    Actually, you should just ride flats for a few month.

    Seriously, it makes you a better rider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pulpwoody View Post
    Actually, you should just ride flats for a few month.
    Seriously, it makes you a better rider.
    Did you go from long-term clipless to flats or are you a flats fan boi trying to turn us to the flat side? I ask because if I try this, I need to know about the learning curve if I try flats. I had a mini experiment that didn't go that well. Maybe a new thread about this would be useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    Did you go from long-term clipless to flats or are you a flats fan boi trying to turn us to the flat side? I ask because if I try this, I need to know about the learning curve if I try flats. I had a mini experiment that didn't go that well. Maybe a new thread about this would be useful.
    I rode flats for about six months a while back, really cool. I'll probably go back soon, just to change it up. PM me, I'll tell you all about it.
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    I use a 5-10 Dirtbag for flats. $45 with shipping factored in. The same stealth rubber compound as on the freerides that everyone raves about without the cumbersome and hot uppers that suck in Texas heat. Not too heavy and still have the stiffness needed to be an effective flat pedal shoe. The compound was originally made for climbing shoes so they stick like glue to rocks for off the bike hike a bike stuff. Mine came with tan laces on a suede body so they look good too.

    For clips I wear Shimano AM45's. They work great as in easy to clip in or out, have excellent protection and wear and are the most comfortable clip shoes I have owned. Downsides: Heavy. Doesn't breathe well at all. Looks like Darth Vader stormtrooper boots (not a negative to me, but others bitch about this). Middle of the road grip when on the ground. In my mind the strengths outweigh the weaknesses also considering the sub-$100 price point you can get if you look around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    Did you go from long-term clipless to flats or are you a flats fan boi trying to turn us to the flat side? I ask because if I try this, I need to know about the learning curve if I try flats. I had a mini experiment that didn't go that well. Maybe a new thread about this would be useful.
    I rode flats for about six months a while back, really cool. I'll probably go back soon, just to change it up. PM me, I'll tell you all about it.
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    I've got a pair of Rimes that I've really liked. Vibram outsole is really grippy on wet limestone. (well, as good as any other hiking sole is on wet limestone) They hike well too.
    They fit me perfectly but I've got fairly narrow feet.
    My only issue was with one of the BOA lacing buckles. You need to keep a slight amount of tension on them while loosening them, or tightening them. Otherwise the cable can twist a weird way going in to the buckle and jam/damage the jacket over the cable. But BOA systems have a lifetime warranty, so I got a whole new set of buckles for free. They've been great since. Besides the buckles the rest of the shoe has held up well to mud, rocks, and being soaked by water crossings.
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    I have the Keen Commuters for Road Biking, they work great.

    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    For some reason, my feet are starting to change and I can't find any shoes that fit and I just can't make myself fork over the $$$ for another pair of Sidis, which are now in the $260 range.

    I tried on some "enduro" style shoes, which are lace-ups and seem more oriented to hike-a-bike situations but couldn't find a good fit.
    Last year I had a pair of regular Keens that I used with flat pedals to ride the GAP/C&O Canal from Pittsburg to DC and they worked great. I still use them when riding my in-town bike.

    I'm going to pull the plug on a pair of KEEN Women's Arroyo Pedal Cycling Shoe to see how they work for summer.
    The guy version is here.
    Hopefully, they will have all the benefits of a shoe and a sandal and none of the drawbacks. They look like they might work well alternating between flat pedals and clipless.
    Keens has another iteration (all synthetic) called the Commuter IV.

    Yeah, Keens look weird but I'm past the point of caring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rugger View Post
    I am running the same 510, but seriously considering the Alpine XL or maybe the Enduro Crossmax, especially as a summer shoe - it would be nice to shave a FULL POUND off the shoes and still have the platform I have grown to love. Kestrel, IMO, looks too low cut and "flimsy". I wish the Minaar was still in production or could be found in sizes under 11.

    What pros/cons do you experience when you compare the Maltese to the Alpine XL?
    IMO the Mavics are lighter and more flexible during hikes bikes though stiff when needed. The toe cap on them is good to and many ruined I have put my feet underwater momentarily while pedaling and no water inside.

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    I have a pair of Rimes too, put them on the shelf after getting my Mavics! Replaced the BOA after breaking on a stump.

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