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    XC Shoes

    I am running SPD pedals on my XC bike and currently have Shimano MT43G shoes that weight just over 840grams. After seeing some of the other shoes out there I have noticed I could easily shave 100-200grams by getting something lighter yet still be able to walk on the uneven trail surfaces.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? Trying to stay under $140 and it must be SPD compatable.

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    Nobody? I know there are alot of XC riders with clips out there.

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    I have some Giro Guage which I like. They are around 345 grams and have pretty stiff carbon outsoles. On sale at Jenson. Giro Gauge MTN Shoe 2012 > Apparel > Shoes and Footwear > Men's Footwear | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop. I also have some Specialized Rime which are a bit heavier but very comfy and have vibram soles which are like hiking boots. They are more expensive but great if you have to get off and walk.

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    How are the Gauges with traction? Looking for something that wont slip on the loose dirt and rocks.

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    Not the best for traction, but I'm really happy with the Sidi Giau. This is their 'cheap' model, but I've been using one pair for 4-5 years now, riding road, MTB and cyclocross with them. I used to be a dedicated singlespeeder, so did my fair share of hike a bike, and they also work fine for run ups in 'cross. They are no hiking shoe, but work OK as long as you don't actually plan to hike a mile or two. 688 grams a pair, and easily found on sale within your price range.

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    Mavic has some models that are in your price range and use a contagrip outsole material. Quite a good grippy material. Same as used on Salomon shoes. All owned by the same company Adidas, Saloman, Mavic Arcteryx and probably others.

    The Mavics I bought this summer are working well. Not race shoe stiff so it is easier to walk and the sole is not only grippier than other shoes I have used but the heal is flatter and more broad too. But the insole, like many other shoes is crappy. I need a high arch support and almost always need Superfeet or something like that in my riding shoes. Shimano and Specialized seem much better in that regard.

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    XC Shoes

    I don't really dismount that often but when I do it's usually on unstable climbs.

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