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    Best MTB shoes for hike-a-biking?

    I started mountain biking with a pair of Shimano shoes like these...



    They're comfortable, and fine when I'm riding...but they SUCK for hike-a-biking and scrambling over rocks and through the woods. They slip and slide like I'm on ice (even with the fearsome-looking toe cleats!)

    So I'm looking for recommendations for a shoe that's better for hike-a-biking over rocks and scrambling through the woods...but isn't as heavy as a hiking boot. (I know it's a tradeoff.)

    Any suggestions are appreciated!

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    EDIT: On scanning the rest of Shimano's lineup, I guess what I need are what Shimano calls "Mountain Touring" shoes, like this...



    I don't know if all companies go by that same category name...and I have no idea if Shimanos are good?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SWriverstone
    I started mountain biking with a pair of Shimano shoes like these...



    They're comfortable, and fine when I'm riding...but they SUCK for hike-a-biking and scrambling over rocks and through the woods. They slip and slide like I'm on ice (even with the fearsome-looking toe cleats!)

    So I'm looking for recommendations for a shoe that's better for hike-a-biking over rocks and scrambling through the woods...but isn't as heavy as a hiking boot. (I know it's a tradeoff.)

    Any suggestions are appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Scott

    EDIT: On scanning the rest of Shimano's lineup, I guess what I need are what Shimano calls "Mountain Touring" shoes, like this...



    I don't know if all companies go by that same category name...and I have no idea if Shimanos are good?
    Those "mountain touring" shoes have flexy soles and might be fine for someone who tools around on the bike path or rides on the gravel MUT. But they're going to hurt your feet if you visit rough terrain and really have to crank it up hills.

    The only ones I've tried that have been any good for hike-a-bike are the Lake mx165's that have been raved about on these forums. They're my current shoes, and they're worth it.

    Yes, they're a little bit heavy. They are that way because they have a Vibram sole and the heel is elevated so you stand with a more natural position.

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    Try the Sette Enduro. I love it and it is a good deal at Pricepoint.

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    Another vote for the Lake's , you cannot beat Lake quality , second to none .

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    I have been using a pair of Shimano shoes from the late 90's that are very much like the MT52 model, with the mid-top hiking shoe form, which for me works better than the roadie-shoe form almost all mountain bike shoes have. I like how the higher top keeps debris out of the shoe better.

    I have been looking at the MT52 as a replacement, but I really wish someone beside Shimano sold a mid-top shoe. I have yet to find something, is there anything out there?

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    I just got a pair of MT52s. I like them quite a bit. The higher tops don't bug me while riding, and they're very solid and stiff. I've not done much walking in them, but I wouldn't be afraid to. These have the laces going though real eyelets, which I like.

    These replaced my old MT42s - which always seem kind of like crappy sneakers. But then, they did last 3 years of riding.

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    Always gonna be a trade off.

    PUr4e bike shoes will have a stiff fhank throughout the length, not great for walking no matter what the style.

    Good hiking boots will have a 3/4 to 1/2 shank the front 25% or so bends easily.

    Lake and Shimano have both found a similar compromise...

    Lake does have the Vibram sole, not sure about Shimano?

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    I'm very happy with my Northwave Expedition GTX. Gore Tex, Vibram soles with some actual grip, and stiff enough for trail riding.

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    grippy spd mtn bike shoes

    I have been using the same kind of spd mtn bike shoes for years. I finally slipped and broke my ankle on slick rock in Sedona using them. Just a matter of time. It would be great if I could find a stiff soled mtn bike shoe that had some kind of traction other than metal spikes and hard plastic. Thanks for your input.

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    After years of riding Sidis Dominators (3 pair), I went with Lakes (mx330) for my last shoes due to their rubber sole over the sidi plastic sole. Much easier when walking on rock.
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    Pearl izumi seek shoes have been working for me.Just the right flex and great grip.Very breathable also.

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    Lake MX165 work great for me.

    Pearl X Alp also are very good.

    I trashed a pair of northwave at liz furnace. definately cant use the XC racer plastic soled ballet slippers
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    shimano m 775s work ok for me but then again i was a hockey player used to standing on ice.

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    maybe you can try the shimano am 51 its good for me..
    or if you like shimano shoes you can try shimano shoes that have gore tex leather..
    its water proof but in some site state that gore tex not to suitable for tropic island like Indonesia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan55
    Lake MX165 work great for me.

    Pearl X Alp also are very good.

    I trashed a pair of northwave at liz furnace. definately cant use the XC racer plastic soled ballet slippers
    Yup... in my opinion the PearlIzumi x-Alp is one of the best shoes all around. And if you can find the MID version, those are even better. Unfortunately those were discontinued recently. Stiff sole, long lasting, good tread for hiking, and good protection for the inside of the ankle against hitting the crank arm.

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    Shimano soles shred apart too easily. The uppers will outlast the soles, which makes them a poor bargain. Try finding the Cannondale Carve - not the lightest MTB shoe out there, but easily the most durable, in terms of hike-a-bike. The deep sole lugs and rubber toe spikes are perfect for steep, muddy inclines and can tackle pavement without ever having your clipless cleats touching the ground. Mine is still going strong after nearly 5 years and some 9000 miles of riding:
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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk
    Those "mountain touring" shoes have flexy soles and might be fine for someone who tools around on the bike path or rides on the gravel MUT. But they're going to hurt your feet if you visit rough terrain and really have to crank it up hills.
    I have to disagree on that. Me and my girlfriend each just purchased a pair of these, and we have been on a couple hard rides, with lots of climbing, and I found them neither "flexy", nor did they hurt my feet..

    And if you look around you can find them for $50 or less. A prettty good buy. They also have a roomy toe box, unlike a lot of cycling shoes.

    I also had good luck with some Sette shoes I bought cheap. They held up well, but not as good of a tread as the Shimano to walk in when needed.
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    I use the Pearl Izumis for commuting/summer riding. During the muddy season they are kinda useless because they use shoe laces- they get muddy and soaked and it is difficult to get your feet out and even harder to get your feet in them after they dry.

    I love them during the dry months though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah
    Shimano soles shred apart too easily. The uppers will outlast the soles, which makes them a poor bargain. Try finding the Cannondale Carve - not the lightest MTB shoe out there, but easily the most durable, in terms of hike-a-bike. The deep sole lugs and rubber toe spikes are perfect for steep, muddy inclines and can tackle pavement without ever having your clipless cleats touching the ground. Mine is still going strong after nearly 5 years and some 9000 miles of riding:
    I agree with you about Shimano soles shredding too easy. Keep in mind we ride all mountain bikes, and live in Arizona, and we ride really rocky trails, some of which you have to hike some unrideable, rocky sections. We are hard on shoes!!

    I bought a pair of SH-086L shoes and in 2 months the sole came apart in the instep area. I replaced them with the AM-50, and the sole came apart in 3 or 4 months.

    I then got some Sette Epic shoes, and while they don't have the best traction for hike a bike, they have stood up to abuse well.

    We just purchased the Shimano MT-52 shoes for me and my girlfriend because the price was really low, and they appear to have a different sole than other Shimano shoes. Otherwise I would not be giving them a shot after my other Shimano shoe experiences. They do fit well, and they interface with M-647 pedals really well. The laces pull nice and tight, and the upper strap even pulls nice and snug. So far so good, but time will tell. Hopefully these soles will hold up better.

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    For this price, they are hard to pass up: http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Mtb+Shoes.aspx

    I just got a pair, so far they are very comfortable, plenty of traction for the hike-a-bike, and the soles seem pretty stiff to me.

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    Give it five months of riding..the rubber will all peel away. Did it on three pairs. No more Shimano shoes for me!
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    For women, Pearl iZUMi is the best for riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -bb-
    Yup... in my opinion the PearlIzumi x-Alp is one of the best shoes all around. And if you can find the MID version, those are even better. Unfortunately those were discontinued recently. Stiff sole, long lasting, good tread for hiking, and good protection for the inside of the ankle against hitting the crank arm.
    I have heard the same. My buddy swears by them and just bought 2 more pairs (regular and rain resistant) to have as backups.

    I am heading out the Moab and faced the same issue with my slippery cleat shoes. I ended up just ordering a pair of Pearl Izumi X Alp Enduro IIs. While the laces may look cooler, the velcro and strap are hard to beat when it comes to putting shoes on and taking them off.

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    I really like the X Alp enduro but the velcro was very low quality and didnt stick well. had to return them.
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    Another vote for the Pearl Izumi X-Alp, I have been riding these for a little over a year and love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan55
    I really like the X Alp enduro but the velcro was very low quality and didnt stick well. had to return them.

    What? that's rediculous. Not doubting you, but I've had 3 pairs... strike that. 4 pairs of x-alps and I've NEVER had an issue with the velcro.

    I have had a pair of the Low's for about 5-6 years, and 3 pairs of the Mid's. One pair lasted me 4 years, then with PI's awesome 100% satisfaction lifetime warranty I had them replaced when some side stitching came apart. They sent me a brand new pair for free!!
    Then, I some how left the "new" ones at the top of Noble Canyon in SanDiego after about a year of use so I snagged my 4th pair on closeout. I should have ordered two though since they are no longer made.


    Oh, brief spam... I have a brand new pair of 43's that don't fit me. Still in the box. These are the MID's. Would sell if anyone is interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -bb-
    Oh, brief spam... I have a brand new pair of 43's that don't fit me. Still in the box. These are the MID's. Would sell if anyone is interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS
    Another vote for the Lake's , you cannot beat Lake quality , second to none .
    Yet another Lake liker here...

    Had a strap break (shoes were a year old) they replaced them.

    I bought three pairs because I don't want to be SOL if they stop making them. I ride about five days a week and a pair last about 12-14 months.
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    Mavic Mantra

    Bought these last year! They seem very tough!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed
    I'm very happy with my Northwave Expedition GTX. Gore Tex, Vibram soles with some actual grip, and stiff enough for trail riding.
    Another vote for Northwave. I bought my BIKE'N WALK Northwave's 2 and a half years ago and they are still going strong with lots of use both on and off the bike.

    Lots of grip for walking in mud. This is the new version (same sole)http://www.northwave.com/usa/shoes_d...catid=3&area=3

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    Two Pearl Izumi X-Alp users here. They work awesome here in AZ with all the different kinds of rocks we have to deal with. Super easy to click in, breathe well, comfortable right out of the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick
    Two Pearl Izumi X-Alp users here. They work awesome here in AZ with all the different kinds of rocks we have to deal with. Super easy to click in, breathe well, comfortable right out of the box.
    Folks, try 'em on first. I am a long time Lake mx165 wearer and went to REI here in Phoenix last week with every intention of buying X-Alps. Tried on both the Endruro II's and the Seek's in several sizes. Ended up leaving empty handed. I really wanted to like them but the toe boxes just felt awkward and uncomfortable. This isn't new advice. Point being, as great as any shoe might be, it might not fit you personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah
    Give it five months of riding..the rubber will all peel away. Did it on three pairs. No more Shimano shoes for me!
    my shimanos have survived everything from scrambling up rock to getting soaked to being eaten by a dog. idk, maybe im lucky.

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    I bought these Adidas b/c I wanted something I could potentially walk in if I had to but also shoes I didn't mind wearing into a restaurant/gas station when I was riding. I think there are newer versions now with velcro but I will definitely be buying another pair of adidas when mine are completely worn out. I got mine on sale for less than $50, can't remember the exact price. Wasn't much less than that though. Also use them with my crank brothers, since you can't tell they are compatible from the pic.

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    Shimano FN51
    I'm using these so far they are working out well , they are designed more as an indoor trainer but are very light/comfortable , dry fast when wet or muddy & easy to walk in/clip in.
    I have found a lot of mtb shoes hold water after stream crossings , these tend not to,very breathable.

    The boa system could be an issue , but so far they are working well.

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    +2 more for the X Alp. Wife and I both have a pair. Love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    my shimanos have survived everything from scrambling up rock to getting soaked to being eaten by a dog. idk, maybe im lucky.
    i take that back. i got home for spring break today and looked at the inner left sole part and its pretty much ripped off. and the rest of the rubber is cracking and falling apart. bummer cuz i liked how they fit but no more shimanos for me.

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    pic of the carnage. not a great picture but you get the idea. shimano m076.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mattylt2
    I have been using the same kind of spd mtn bike shoes for years. I finally slipped and broke my ankle on slick rock in Sedona using them. Just a matter of time. It would be great if I could find a stiff soled mtn bike shoe that had some kind of traction other than metal spikes and hard plastic. Thanks for your input.
    The Lake MX165 as mentioned earlier are just that: stiff shoes with grippy soles
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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    pic of the carnage. not a great picture but you get the idea. shimano m076.

    That is fairly common with any SPD compatible shoe. It is extremely difficult to bond a rubber sole to a hard plastic base and the edges of the cleat pocket are highly stressed areas.

    I use FreeSole (like Shoe Goo but much better) to reglue the sole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    That is fairly common with any SPD compatible shoe. It is extremely difficult to bond a rubber sole to a hard plastic base and the edges of the cleat pocket are highly stressed areas.

    I use FreeSole (like Shoe Goo but much better) to reglue the sole.
    thats a good idea, i was gonna try superglue but i think i will give freesole a shot. but what you cant see in that picture is the rubber is starting to crack. not peel off from the rest of the shoe, just kind of splinter away. i'll try and fix them the best i can but i think getting new shoes soon is enevitable.

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    On issue that causes that, IMO is the thickness of the sole around the cleat pocket. The Adidas I mentioned above aren't that thick which is one of the reasons I bought them. I had never had clipless before and had read that if the sole was thick it could be tough to get the Crank brothers into the shoe. Don't know if that's true or not but tried to avoid the issue altogether.

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    sixsixone's expert mountain bike shoe is awesome too..

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    I had to repair my Specialized Tahoe shoes with shoe-goo also. So far, they're holding together, 2 years later. Good shoes, I'd recommend them.

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    my new spec shoes are built like tanks, cant see the sole falling apart.

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    So with all the suggestions for the Lake mx165...any clue on where to find them? I've spent hours on line and can't find anyone who has more that an odd size or two. Lake's own company site only let's you order 4 sizes none of them mine (11/45) any help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by loopsb
    So with all the suggestions for the Lake mx165...any clue on where to find them? I've spent hours on line and can't find anyone who has more that an odd size or two. Lake's own company site only let's you order 4 sizes none of them mine (11/45) any help?
    Really?
    First place I looked, In stock and on sale
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    Thanks Shiggy. I guess that I was searching for black kept me from finding those....but hell, for 59$ I'll roll out the Silver. They'll be dirty soon enough anyway. Much appreciated

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