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    Hope SPD Shoes and Hike-A-Bike

    I am looking at giving SPDs a shot and was thinking of getting a pair of 5.10 Minaars (or something similar). How are these for hiking? Is the cleat recessed? Are they extremely stiff soled? Are there any other models I should consider?


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    Pearl Izumi seek shoes hike great. I should know. I even used them for fishing the other day and there was a lot of rock jumping and climbing.

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    I will checkout the Seeks, thanks Vadr for the link.

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    The Minnaars and the Hellcats (same shoe from 5.10, but all black) are a bit heavy for XC stuff. I've been running the Hellcats for DH and "All Mountain" all year and have loved them. They hike great. I've been using them with Mallet's and have loved them, plenty of grip when I'm unclipped. The best part is not slipping every which way when I step off of the bike on wet PNW trails.

    5.10 showed off the Kestrel at Interbike. The Kestrel looks to be a lot more XC friendly (and lighter), but possibly stiffer as well. This shoe will definitely replace my XC shoes.

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    JMUSuperman,

    Thanks for the input, I do not believe the weight is going to be an issue.

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    I want a shoe similar to the new 5.10 Kestrel, without the SPD. Basically a weight weenie 5.10 Impact.

    Light, Breathable, Grippy (on pedals AND ground)

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    FWIW I like my Minaars. Been on em for about a year, very comfy, great if you know you'll be hiking sections, esp. slickrock. I switch out the flats for Minaars on DX's if I'm riding the big bike a long ways or know I'll be hiking up slickrock. Can't really feel the cleats when walking.

    They can be a bit more tricky to escape from certain pedals than reg. bike shoes.

    On the other hand, the more I pedal my Impacts on pinned flats the less I bother switching to the Minaars.

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    Check out shimano am45's, they have flat rubber soles for slickrock and stiff soles for efficient pedaling. Knobby soles would be better for climbing up muddy trails, but I prefer rubber soles for everything else.

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    Thoroughly discussed here recently: -----> https://forums.mtbr.com/apparel-prot...ng-647689.html

    For me, it's the Shimano MT41's. Very well priced (about $40.-S60.). Mine have lasted me for years.:





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    Thanks 2ndgen, I was lookin at the mt-60's!!!!
    "Ya can't argue logic with ignorance.''

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    Quote Originally Posted by adroit 96' View Post
    Thanks 2ndgen, I was lookin at the mt-60's!!!!

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    Hiked a lot of miles in ugly terrain (slick rock, loose gravel, steep climbs, rock scrambles, etc.) and the Pearl Izumi Alp-X series is a pretty series shoes, can ride like a cross country shoe when needed, but still has enough flex for extreme hiking, and the deep lugs can grab and penetrate in the typical mountain terrain encountered, plus they have built in bash guards around the toes, vulnerable and high wear areas for maximum protection.

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