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    Looking for clipless compatible shoes that I can scramble in

    What the F is up with all the hard-sole low-top clipless shoes? We're MOUNTAIN biking! I'm having a really hard time finding shoes with a nice grippy sole and ankle protection. The Lake MX156 looks great, but I can't find it in-stock in size 48 anywhere. There's a Shimano that looks semi-decent, but reviews say it has a hard slippery sole. Are there ANY other alternatives?

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    Pearl Izumi X-Alp mid if you want some ankle support. I have the X-Alp Seek, the sole is probably on par with my backpacking boots as far as stiffness goes, but the rubber is slightly less sticky.

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    Fiveten is doing a SPD shoe:

    http://fiveten.com/products/footwear-detail/23-minnaar

    Their stealthrubber stuff is usually way grippier than shimano and the like

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    Quote Originally Posted by henrikh
    Fiveten is doing a SPD shoe:

    http://fiveten.com/products/footwear-detail/23-minnaar

    Their stealthrubber stuff is usually way grippier than shimano and the like
    That seems silly to me. If they're going to make a shoe people will be wearing in the woods, why give it a sole only fit for pavement? Give it something more like a hiking boot, or at least a trail runner sole. Or is this just for people who want to look cool and fit the part?

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    Quote Originally Posted by henrikh
    Fiveten is doing a SPD shoe:

    http://fiveten.com/products/footwear-detail/23-minnaar

    Their stealthrubber stuff is usually way grippier than shimano and the like
    This shoe has no business getting off the pavement much less climbing over rocks and what not.

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    I've had a few pairs of Five Tens. LOVED the Stealth Rubber. However, the construction quality was poor. The glue isn't waterproof, they all delaminated the sole after getting wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85
    Pearl Izumi X-Alp mid if you want some ankle support. I have the X-Alp Seek, the sole is probably on par with my backpacking boots as far as stiffness goes, but the rubber is slightly less sticky.
    I'm not seeing the Mid on their site. Only low-cut shoes "for a light, fast fit and feel". How about some ankle support and not banging my ankles off my bike? Argh.

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    Get the ones you like. If they don't have enough grip for you grab a bag of sheet metal screws and make some studs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muddydogs
    This shoe has no business getting off the pavement much less climbing over rocks and what not.
    It sounds like you've never worn 5.10s. The rubber is incredibly grippy.

    Besides, if you're going to spend most of your time on your pedals, you don't want big lugged soles, but rather a smaller tighter pattern that better interfaces with the pins and pedal surface.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim-H
    Get the ones you like. If they don't have enough grip for you grab a bag of sheet metal screws and make some studs.

    Screws won't solve the problem of the soles being too hard of a rubber so they slide off wet rocks.

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    Attach thick felt pads to the bottom if you're worried about wet rock. Rubber will slide off wet rocks no matter how soft it is.

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    My hiking boots work just fine. I just don't get why it's so hard to find a clipless compatible shoe that's built like a hiking boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vermont29er
    My hiking boots work just fine. I just don't get why it's so hard to find a clipless compatible shoe that's built like a hiking boot.
    If that's what you want, look at Lake. They have a number of shoes with Vibram soles that look more or less like hiking boots. The MX156, for example. Or the MX165 is more of a traditional MTB shoe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vermont29er
    My hiking boots work just fine. I just don't get why it's so hard to find a clipless compatible shoe that's built like a hiking boot.

    Try the Lake site I think you can order direct????

    Yeah a good Vibram sole can't be beat.

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    I can't find the Lake MX156 online. Can't order direct from Lake, even though it looks that way at first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vermont29er
    I can't find the Lake MX156 online. Can't order direct from Lake, even though it looks that way at first.
    Duh. Sorry; I didn't read your original post, otherwise I'd have seen you already knew about it. Google product search doesn't find anything, but it looks like you can order it from MEC.ca, the Canadian REI equivalent.

    EDIT- although perhaps not in 48
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    Yeah I found them at the MEC site. Can't order size 48 online. Guess I'll need to call around.

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    The 5.10s don't have the most aggressive pattern out there, but I've ridden in the "Impacts" and done plenty of trail work and hiking in them, they have great traction on just about every surface, with the exception being mud, where no shoe is going to excel really. If you like hiking boots, switch to flats, it sounds like you're doing more hiking than biking anyway.
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    If you ain't hiking you ain't mountain biking.

    I'm on flats now but want to go back to clipless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive
    It sounds like you've never worn 5.10s. The rubber is incredibly grippy.

    Besides, if you're going to spend most of your time on your pedals, you don't want big lugged soles, but rather a smaller tighter pattern that better interfaces with the pins and pedal surface.
    You are missing what the OP is looking for, and the 5.10 is not it at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    You are missing what the OP is looking for, and the 5.10 is not it at all.
    I was also replying to the poster quoted in my reply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vermont29er
    I would be all over the Patrol if I could find a pair to try on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    I would be all over the Patrol if I could find a pair to try on.

    That is "weighs" in...duh...
    I hope you make some trumpet to when these come in
    From the looks: it still has med stiff sole, vibram lug design is gonna help.

    They look nice...
    keep us updated here.

    (as for the OP; I would stick with a mid-ankle Lake for the nice Vibram tread, the removable toe spikes, no hard "plastic" lugs"- well made. They will hold up many times longer than the usual because of the rand, amount of tread, full leather in places. You won't be afraid of screwin' up the shoe for bike-n-hikes, which can kill a pair of "regular" MTN shoes in one day!)

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