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    Good XC Race Shoes

    I have used high-ish end Shimano shoes and 661 shoes. The 661's didn't last very long and the Shimanos are one and a half years old and are pretty beat up right now. I had an older pair of Shimanos that I was really happy with, but I outgrew them.

    I'm curious about some other brands. The Mavics look pimp, but how is the durability, stiffness, comfort, etc.?

    Sidis are obviously pretty common, but from what I've heard they are quite pricey and don't last too long.

    Bontrager RXL's?

    What else?

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    Sidis don't last long? That's news to me. I have the Dragon model and Dominator model. Both models are solid and can take a beating. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another pair.

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    Specialized BG Pro or Sworks.

    nothing is as good for me. i have used sidi, answer, shimano, etc.

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    The Mavics are a very nice shoe. Light, stiff and a very good fit.

    Catharine has one pair that has maybe 600 hours of riding in them and they are still in good shape.

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    I've read some cross guys like the new Mavics. I like Shimano and Sidis. Specialized might be worth a look too. You'll have to try them on for yourself.

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    The higher end Mavic shoes are great!! These shoes are actually made by Adidas (at least that is what my LBS told me).

    For the lower end, I thought the Shimano shoes where more comfortable. Unfortunately there were no Sidi's for me to try on so I don't have a comparison to these.

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    Specialized SWorks are awesome. The 2009 model is going on sale at some Denver shops now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whybotherme
    Specialized BG Pro .....
    + 1 on these! I completely destroyed a pair of 661 Flights in two months - the BG Pros are 6 months old and still perfect!

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    My Sidi road and Sidi MTB shoes are both almost ten years old. I think the durability complaints are directed toward the soft-compound soles on some of the expensive ones lately. I don't have personal experience of those, but I think they're interchangeable with a harder-wearing sole, so you could just change them if they wore out too quickly.
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    any sidi w/ a carbon sole. but i have found just about any carbon soled shoes work for me. unless your a cross racer. but carbon soles are nice.
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    Gaerne, I have been wearing them all year and are nice and tight. I also where there mx boots, which are very nice and very durable. These are the one I bought.

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=36407

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