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    Mtb shoe

    i know this isn't the correct spot for this question. I am in the market for new mtb Shoes i just ordered the Giro Guage but they are to small. I am trying to get some feed back from everyone on the best most comfortable shoe around the $200 mark??

    Any help would greatly be appreciated.

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    $200!?! good lord that's a lot of money!

    I have a pair of Shimano m076 ($90) that work just fine.

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    I think the best most comfortable shoe is the one that you can try on in a store. Because feet are different.

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    Shoes are really difficult to buy. You can't really get a feel for them by walking around in a store because you're buying them for pedaling and not walking. If you put cleats on it leaves marks on the sole of the shoe making them unreturnable. Your best bet is to just try one out and see how it goes. At $200 you'll be getting a pretty good shoe. I personally like the Specialized line of shoes. The different inserts for different arch heights are a nice touch.

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    I love my Sidis. I got some Dominator4s on close out about 10 years ago. They're still going strong. I had the local shoe repair guy put some new Velcro on them about 5 years ago for $20. Apart from the worn plastic soles, they still look and feel new.

    I'd say look out for a set of Sidis on sale or something.... Or some used, near new ones.

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    Second Specialized shoes. I use them for the road and will probably get another pair for MTB if my Giros don't hold up.

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    I bought some Specialized Rime a couple of weeks ago and I have been happy with them. They have the vibram soles so good if you need to hop off and walk a little.They have the breathable material so not really much break in period and they are already comfortable. I also have a pair of the Giro Gauge on the way. Got them for $109 at Jenson. They had 2011 pair left and they were my size so I couldn't resist. If I don't like them I will sell them and probably make a couple of bucks.

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    thank you .. i will look into the specialized shoe

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    Quote Originally Posted by springer912 View Post
    thank you .. i will look into the specialized shoe

    Dude, lots of differnt types of spd shoes. Decide if you want a tight fitting hard soled race shoe. A lose soft soled free ride cleat. Cycle cross..... laces, velcro . Mavic has a cool method of tightening with a knob and wire....

    Be carfull cause in the 200 dollar range you may end up with a super stiff race shoe that hurts your feet.

    Id recomend Giro privaters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuglio View Post
    Dude, lots of differnt types of spd shoes. Decide if you want a tight fitting hard soled race shoe. A lose soft soled free ride cleat. Cycle cross..... laces, velcro . Mavic has a cool method of tightening with a knob and wire....

    Be carfull cause in the 200 dollar range you may end up with a super stiff race shoe that hurts your feet.

    Id recomend Giro privaters.
    Second that. I was worried that there might be a catch to the Giro Privateer, but this is year two and I'm considering getting a spare pair. Big bang, small buck and just the right amount of stiffness. If you hikeabike a lot the Shimanos might be better traction and a softer sole but overall I like this better. Better ventilation than the Gauge too.

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    I have had the same pair of specialized shoes for over 10 years, soooooooo comfortable I will hate the day I have to replace them.
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    My 29er shoes are Specialized Comp. Not too stiff. very durable.

    They also make a Comp 26er model. But no 650B yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by needajob View Post
    I bought some Specialized Rime a couple of weeks ago and I have been happy with them. They have the vibram soles so good if you need to hop off and walk a little.They have the breathable material so not really much break in period and they are already comfortable. I also have a pair of the Giro Gauge on the way. Got them for $109 at Jenson. They had 2011 pair left and they were my size so I couldn't resist. If I don't like them I will sell them and probably make a couple of bucks.
    This. The Rime is the best shoe I've had so far. Not for fit - it's an average fit for me, or for comfort - they're not noticeably more comfortable than other shoes I've had, but for the whole package of fit, comfort AND the Vibram soles that make them extremely capable when you have to climb over rocks or carry your bike over rough stuff.

    And, since they're actual rubber and not hard plastic, they don't slip when it's wet out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    This. The Rime is the best shoe I've had so far. Not for fit - it's an average fit for me, or for comfort - they're not noticeably more comfortable than other shoes I've had, but for the whole package of fit, comfort AND the Vibram soles that make them extremely capable when you have to climb over rocks or carry your bike over rough stuff.

    And, since they're actual rubber and not hard plastic, they don't slip when it's wet out.
    Carry your bike? WTF? we mountainbike, we ride over **** not walk over it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fahza29er View Post
    Carry your bike? WTF? we mountainbike, we ride over **** not walk over it!
    20 lashes with a roadies bib shorts.
    All the best trails have hike a bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fahza29er View Post
    Carry your bike? WTF? we mountainbike, we ride over **** not walk over it!
    20 lashes with a roadies bib shorts.
    You sir, obviously ride very tame trails.

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    Another vote for the specialized rime shoes. Stiff yet very comfortable, and super grippy for walking on granite slabs, and rocky hike & bike sections. One minor complaint is they are quite vented, so carry extra pair of socks for wet rides and wear warm socks for cooler rides.

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    Go ahead and give me a lashing or two since I said hike & bike.

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    I also have the Rime- like it a lot

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    I just retired the $35 Shimano shoes I bought in 1998. Countless lace and insole replacements... just about worn out. I figure they had a conservative 30,000 miles on them.

    You can't switch brands after that kind of success. I got the Shimano MT43 for around $70. Boy howdy, SPD shoes have come a long way in 15 years

    I was looking for a sole that wasn't super stiff...trail friendly, and grocery store friendly when touring kind of shoe. These seem to be perfect. I won't know for sure until I put 10,000 miles or so on them


    If I had $200 to spend on shoes, I'd get these again, and spend $130 on new tires, chain, and cassette
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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli View Post
    My 29er shoes are Specialized Comp. Not too stiff. very durable.

    They also make a Comp 26er model. But no 650B yet.
    This almost reads like a smarta$$ remark but the reality is that the 29ers tend to have more toe overlap so 29er shoes need to have shorter toes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsj3831 View Post
    This almost reads like a smarta$$ remark but the reality is that the 29ers tend to have more toe overlap so 29er shoes need to have shorter toes.
    What is this? 2004? None of my 29er have any toe overlap at all.

    Shimano Shoes are probably your best bet, but keep in mind they tend to run pretty narrow for their size. I can't fit them properly. I'd try Specialized shoes, but I'm boycotting the Big S until they clean up their act with the dealers and lawsuits.

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    I've been eyeing the Rimes. They look ideal.
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    I have to go with Shimano on this one. But my Shimano shoe story starts when I replaced a pair of 10 year old spec. shoes. But price wise, Shimano has a lot on offer, and after 5 years, mine are still going strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    You sir, obviously ride very tame trails.
    No I was just yanking his chain is all, I do agree some good trails have areas you can try and ride over but death may quickly follow or at the least some cuts and broken bones. Also depends on riders skill, my GF just started riding last year and she walks over stuff I ride, it will come in time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsj3831 View Post
    This almost reads like a smarta$$ remark but the reality is that the 29ers tend to have more toe overlap so 29er shoes need to have shorter toes.
    OK I still don't get it, my pedals and cranks are the same on this bike as my 26er whith the same shoes, am I missing something here?
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    I've been using shimano MT52's for a few years now. The lastest version of these shoes is MT53. I switched from the conventional, super hard sole mtb shoes and have never looked back. If you ride trails with sections of HAB these are the shoes for you. SPB compatable, rubber sole with plenty of traction on slickrock, no too stiff so walking is comfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fahza29er View Post
    OK I still don't get it, my pedals and cranks are the same on this bike as my 26er whith the same shoes, am I missing something here?
    You might have to cut your toes off for better 29er shoe clearance.

    Regarding the Rime shoes - I know they're a hit, and I see the benefits. The problem i have with spending $180 on them is that I anticipate that the rubber sole will separate from the shoe after a while. I had this happen to several pairs of their Tahoe shoes back when I used to use them. One shoe separated at the heel. On another pair, the rubber sole started peeling away from the bottom around where the cleats screw in. I got one pair replaced under warranty, the other pair they denied because they said they looked "well used". It's just hard for the adhesives to keep everything together with all the flexing from walking in them a lot.

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    Time will tell for my rimes. My riding area has alot of granite, and that tears shoes up fast. So far they have been holding up great. If I get 3 to 4 years out of them then its worth every penny. One minor complaint is maybe just a tad stiffer, but im used to the carbon sole of my old pearl izumi shoes.

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    well after the giro privateer thoughts i figured i would just pull the trigger on the giro guages . i need more a racing shoe.

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    Springer - I would try the Specialized Pros. I have worn Giros, Shimanos, and Specialized and the Specs have been the best by far.
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    well **** a little late now .. haha i need a high arge

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    Re: Mtb shoe

    Pearl Izumi is offering closeout deals on many of their shoes right now. Talk with your LBS.
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    Spec makes a nice shoe and I've got two pair. But compared to my Sidis they feel like blocks of wood on my feet. Italians know how to make a shoe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsj3831 View Post
    This almost reads like a smarta$$ remark but the reality is that the 29ers tend to have more toe overlap so 29er shoes need to have shorter toes.
    I can't tell if you're being (rightly) sarcastic or if you're serious. Please tell me it's the former?

    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli View Post
    Regarding the Rime shoes - I know they're a hit, and I see the benefits. The problem i have with spending $180 on them is that I anticipate that the rubber sole will separate from the shoe after a while. I had this happen to several pairs of their Tahoe shoes back when I used to use them. One shoe separated at the heel. On another pair, the rubber sole started peeling away from the bottom around where the cleats screw in. I got one pair replaced under warranty, the other pair they denied because they said they looked "well used". It's just hard for the adhesives to keep everything together with all the flexing from walking in them a lot.
    I've been thinking about this comment and since I've had many hiking boots with Vibram soles and put I have no idea how many miles on them without the soles having the slightest glitch, I really don't think this is going to be a problem. I would think Vibram would be very involved with Specialized in building this shoe so the Vibram sole lives up to its reputation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    I think the best most comfortable shoe is the one that you can try on in a store. Because feet are different.
    Yep. The only reason I could buy my Mavic mountain bike shoes over the internet was because I had had the exact same shoe with a different sole for road biking for 2 years. I had to buy it on the internet because Mavic had discontinued it.

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    Get two pairs

    Shimano MW80/81 fully waterproof which make ridding in poor weather a delight (nice and grippy for walking in the mud to)

    And for summer / non raining weather some Specialized Tahoes (I have a pair that are 4 years old and gone through loads of cleats and are like new!

    Pretty much what everyone on here has said and yes Shimano are sized small, if you read their blurb their uk sizes are actually 0.5 smaller but get rounded up for some reason so get a size bigger or two if you want to wear big winter socks

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    If you have wide feet, shimano, mavic and sidi are the wider. I think shimano is best value. I wear mavic switchback, good shoes for hiking but not super durable. Not warm enough for winter either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtdan View Post
    If you put cleats on it leaves marks on the sole of the shoe making them unreturnable.
    Depends on where you buy them.
    Places like REI have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and even if you wear them out, try them for a week and realize they are not what you expected, you can return them no questions asked.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Depends on where you buy them.
    Places like REI have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and even if you wear them out, try them for a week and realize they are not what you expected, you can return them no questions asked.
    Good point. I stopped shopping at REI after buying stuff from them that was clearly used. Letting someone put imprints and dents in the sole of a shoe and then taking them back and selling them to someone else who may not notice those imprints until they get home is a poor practice in my opinion. I also firmly believe that a professional cleat fitting should be done with every purchase of a new shoe, and of course they can't do that either...

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