Mountain Bike Shoes Reviews

Mountain Bike Reviews - Lake Cycling MX241 Endurance 2019
Mountain Bike Reviews - Lake Cycling MX241 Endurance 2019
Lake Cycling MX241 Endurance

Lake has been making shoes for a long time, they are one of those brands synonymous with one product, and that is cycling shoes. Furthermore, they are intensely focused on fit and having developed their craft over the years, Lake is keen to make sure riders have the best fitting shoes possible. Choosing shoes by the 'Last' shape is the…

Shoes
2019
Mountain Bike Reviews - ION Products Rascal Select 2019
Mountain Bike Reviews - ION Products Rascal Select 2019
ION Products Rascal Select

ION has long been providing riders with high-quality clothing and I more recent years have offered a gradually increasing range of shoes. Both flats and clips are catered for and I've had some good results with their Raid Amp flat shoes. Since I've been riding more XC this year I've been a little bit more clipped in than normal and…

Shoes
2019
Mountain Bike Reviews - Afton Shoes Keegan 2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - Afton Shoes Keegan 2018
Afton Shoes Keegan

When it comes to flat pedal shoes there is one brand in particular that immediately springs to mind; Five Ten. With their knowledge of climbing shoe rubber, Five Ten has carved a name as the go-to brand for flat pedal grip blended with casual styling. So how can a relative newcomer such as Afton Shoes dream to compete in a…

Shoes
2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch II 2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch II 2018
Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch II

More commonly found on the road bike scene than in MTB, Pearl Izumi have long been manufacturing high quality kit for both the light and dark side of cycling since way back in 1950. The X-Alp Launch II is the company’s answer to the Trail and Enduro sectors of the sport and is touted as a stiff, lightweight and versatile…

Shoes
2018
Mountain Bike Reviews - Five Ten Freerider EPS High 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Five Ten Freerider EPS High 2017
Five Ten Freerider EPS High

Five Ten need very little when it comes to mountain biking footwear, being the dominate force in flat pedal shoes for what seems like forever. Not content to rest on their laurels, they continue to innovate and develop their products to keep on the cusp of footwear technologies. In this case, we have their new Freerider EPS High shoe (also…

Shoes
2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Adidas Terrex Trail Cross Protect 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Adidas Terrex Trail Cross Protect 2017
Adidas Terrex Trail Cross Protect

Adidas have been in the shoe game for a long time, those three stripes have adorned sports stars the world over and made them a household name. While they might be a household name among the football kickers and Sunday morning runners they have never quite broken into the outdoor market. This is despite the fact they have been producing…

Shoes
2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - O’Neal Stinger II 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - O’Neal Stinger II 2017
O’Neal Stinger II

The Stinger II is a flat pedal shoe from O’Neal and fits within a range which includes their Torque SPD shoe and high top Trigger flat shoe. The style follows a classic skater style shoe, with bold contrasting colours and stitched leather panels. The sole unit is a honeycomb textured rubber which O’Neal call Honey Rubber. This is made up…

Shoes
2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Only What's Necessary FR-01 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Only What's Necessary FR-01 2017
Only What's Necessary FR-01

Only What’s Necessary (OWN), is a British design duo, now based in Annecy, France, pushing to create something unique and functional in the world of mountain bike footwear. I’d seen hints of these shoes floating around cyber space and was really excited to get my hands on something that wasn't just your run-of-the-mill, same-as-every-other-pair, mountain bike shoes. The FR-01 is…

Shoes
2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - ION Products Raid_Amp 2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - ION Products Raid_Amp 2017
ION Products Raid_Amp

Bringing surf style to the trails, ION consistently offers stylish and functional kit for the mountain biker. The fresh and casual look of their range hides a huge amount of thought and product development that makes their kit really perform. Not overly 'racer' and not too 'moto' I feel they have struck a great balance and are reaping the rewards.…

Shoes
2017
Mountain Bike Reviews - Vaude Tonale AM II 2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Vaude Tonale AM II 2016
Vaude Tonale AM II

A mid-high boot designed for 'Trans-Alp bikers and freeriders', the Tonale is designed to keep feet insulated from the weather all year round. Featuring a Vibram sole with a solid platform for pedaling, whilst also aiming to allow for comfort for times when there is no option but to shoulder your bike. The Nubuck leather and Ceplex Pro membrane keep…

Shoes
2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Mavic Crossride Elite Shoe 2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Mavic Crossride Elite Shoe 2016
Mavic Crossride Elite Shoe

Enduro colours are a clear giveaway for what these fancy numbers are all about. Although not quite as 'enduro' as the Crossmax, the Crossride shares much of the technology in a more affordable package. At first inspection they appear to be a classic Mavic shoe, with plenty of features one would expect, including the aforementioned colour scheme. Mavic aim this shoe at…

Shoes
2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Vaude Moab Low AM 2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - Vaude Moab Low AM 2016
Vaude Moab Low AM

The flat pedal shoe market is not the most diverse, dominated by one very big brand, and very few others. Attempts from other companies have come and gone, but this year Vaude thought they would give it a go, using all of their experience in creating solid and dependable outdoor kit to produce their take on the ultimate flat pedal…

Shoes
2016
Mountain Bike Reviews - DZR Shoes Terra  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - DZR Shoes Terra  2015
DZR Shoes Terra

DZR have been quietly building quite a following amongst the MTB crowd over the last few years and with good reason. Originally they made cool looking shoes for riders in cities that wanted a clipless shoe to ride around town that didn’t look like a clipless shoe. The idea caught on and they have since expanded their line into the…

Shoes
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Five Ten Impact VXi Clipless  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Five Ten Impact VXi Clipless  2015
Five Ten Impact VXi Clipless

Five Ten claim the VXi Clipless shoe is the lightest DH specific clipless shoe on the market, with a weight of 410grams per shoe (size UK9). Greg Minaar and other pro riders have had considerable input into the design of the shoes over the last two years. The styling of the shoes may not suit everyone’s tastes, but in the…

Shoes
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - O'Neal Torque SPD Shoe  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - O'Neal Torque SPD Shoe  2015
O’Neal Torque SPD Shoe

The O’Neal Torque SPD shoes are styled to look like skate shoes and carry with them all the cool looks that go with that. Sleek lines and a with a choice of red, green and black colours there should be something for everyone. They feature a durable and lightweight rubber sole with a large cut out to insert your cleats.…

Shoes
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Vaude Taron Low AM  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Vaude Taron Low AM  2015
Vaude Taron Low AM

Having used a variety of excellent Vaude kit in some very extreme conditions over the years expectations were high. First impressions are of a low cut, robust shoe, an all-rounder rather than a dedicated genre shoe. The uppers are a combination of laminated polyurethane and a water repellent mesh. This makes for a good year round shoe but they have…

Shoes
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Bontrager Rhythm MTB Shoe  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Bontrager Rhythm MTB Shoe  2015
Bontrager Rhythm MTB Shoe

With Bontrager claiming these shoes are “ready to handle whatever your technical trail experience can deliver”, they couldn’t have come at a better time, arriving just days before a big trip out to the Alps. The Rhythm shoes offer the rigidity and secure closure normally associated with XC or road shoes, thanks to a carbon-reinforced inner sole, matched up with…

Shoes
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - CUBE Bikes All Mountain Shoe – AMS Line  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - CUBE Bikes All Mountain Shoe – AMS Line  2015
CUBE Bikes All Mountain Shoe – AMS Line

Out of the box I really love the look of these shoes, a cool looking, casual style shoe that appear more like a pair of trainers than a serious riding shoe. They seem waterproof with glued and taped seams, but the true test is always on the trail and I'm pleased to say they didn't disappoint. UK winter riding conditions…

Shoes
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - O'Neal Trigger II Shoes  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - O'Neal Trigger II Shoes  2015
O’Neal Trigger II Shoes

High tops with waffle soles, or Honey Rubber as O’Neal calls them, due to their honeycomb appearance and the fact they are made from a sticky rubber - there’s not a lot more you can want from a flat pedal shoe! Having raced in their high SPD version, the Torque, a few years previously, I was intrigued to see how…

Shoes
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - DZR Shoes Sense Pro  2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - DZR Shoes Sense Pro  2015
DZR Shoes Sense Pro

Stylish leather kicks that look better than most flat pedal shoes and have some great features! Not only have the Sense shoes got sticky rubber dimpled soles and reflective detailing, but they are also customisable for your feel through the pedals, hence the name Sense! The DZR’s come with two mid soles, a soft pliable one fitted as standard and…

Shoes
2015
Mountain Bike Reviews - Five Ten Freerider VXi Elements  2014
Mountain Bike Reviews - Five Ten Freerider VXi Elements  2014
Five Ten Freerider VXi Elements

This summer Five Ten launched the all-new Freerider VXi, their flagship MTB shoe that is both functional and stylish enough to wear down the pub. With winter coming up they gave the shoe an overhaul and kitted it out for wet weather! The upper has been given a DWR treatment, (durable water repellent), that keeps the shoe dry. Inside the…

Shoes
2014
Mountain Bike Reviews - Five Ten Freerider  2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - Five Ten Freerider  2013
Five Ten Freerider

The Five Ten Freerider has been a favourite shoe for many riders for some time, we’ve been through our fair share of them here at the office and can’t sing their praises enough. Combining the usual hi-tec features that you get from the brand, such as the Stealth Rubber sole with skate shoe looks it is a match made in…

Shoes
2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - Five Ten Women’s Karver – Ash Grey  2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - Five Ten Women’s Karver – Ash Grey  2013
Five Ten Women’s Karver – Ash Grey

When I first picked up the Women’s Karver shoes I was surprised by just how chunky they seemed. These are definitely a biking shoe through-and-through, but then they’re not trying to be anything else! Once on your feet the chunkiness is forgotten and they feel snug and secure. Five Ten have created this women’s version of the popular men’s Karver…

Shoes
2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - O'Neal Trigger  2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - O'Neal Trigger  2013
O’Neal Trigger

The Trigger from O’Neal is a semi high top shoe designed around a skate shoe look. Available in various colours it is a unisex design, so perfect for the girls and boys who like to ride and look good at the same time. It features a toe and heel box to protect your feat, leather uppers and the O’Neal Honey…

Shoes
2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - O'Neal Stinger Flat Pedal Shoe  2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - O'Neal Stinger Flat Pedal Shoe  2013
O’Neal Stinger Flat Pedal Shoe

When we saw the O’Neal riding shoes at Eurobike earlier this year, they had a very eye-catching display with lots of real honeycomb, pots of honey and bees (the bees weren’t real - don’t worry, no insects were harmed in the making of their display). The purpose of this presentation was to highlight the Honey Rubber sole, which has been…

Shoes
2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - Pearl Izumi X Project  2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - Pearl Izumi X Project  2013
Pearl Izumi X Project

The X Project 1.0 This is the top of the line shoe that utilises a full length tapered carbon fiber plate that has flex in the toe and heel areas yet gives good power transfer via the support in the mid foot region. The sole has hollow TPU lugs that have co moulded rubber tips, this process is difficult to…

Shoes
2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - Shimano AM41  2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - Shimano AM41  2013
Shimano AM41

While these might look like a pair of school shoes, once you are on the bike their functionality becomes clear. These are the ultimate winter biking shoes if you ride flats; the Velcro lace cover does a great job of keeping a fair amount of water out of the shoe and also keeping your laces crud free. The sole is…

Shoes
2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - Five Ten Freerider VXi  2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - Five Ten Freerider VXi  2013
Five Ten Freerider VXi

The Freerider has been the weapon of choice for many riders looking for all the benefits of the Five Ten Stealth Rubber Sole in a skate style shoe. They have been in the range for some time now and each year have undergone new colourways and pro model offerings in terms of styling. For 2013 though, we are seeing a…

Shoes
2013
Mountain Bike Reviews - Teva Links MTB Shoe  2012
Mountain Bike Reviews - Teva Links MTB Shoe  2012
Teva Links MTB Shoe

Teva are well known and respected player in the active footwear market and have strong pedigree in dressing the feet of many a participant in a range of outdoor pursuits. Having supported the freeride mountain bike scene for some years it would seem natural that they would turn their attention to developing a shoe for that market. Designed in collaboration…

Shoes
2012
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