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    MTB Shoes w/ Better Toe Protection

    My first purchase of MTB shoes were the SIDI Bullets, which were nice. The fit was really nice for the value, and I had only one complaint. Upon a few occassions, I have really racked my pinky toe/outer toes on some rocks. On one of the occasions, I tore right through the leather on the right shoe, and my toe can stick out from time to time - dangerous. These shoes are nearing the end of their useful life for me, and what I am wondering is if there are any practical shoes out there that offer comfortable protection from such strikes. I had one of these strikes yesterday afternoon on my left shoe, it hurt, but I was surprised the shoe maintained its integrity.

    Also, if there are any inserts that provide protection to the outer toes, but do not jeopardize comfort, I am sold. DISCLAIMER: I claim dibs on this product if there is no one manufacturing such items.

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    Addidas Hematoma.

    Hot as a mofo, but has a hockey skate toe box. best thing out there to protect your toes. (if they still make them)
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    I run Shimano AM30 (AM50 is more expensive). Hot, but good protection and 3/4 height. I really love them.

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    A few months back I gave up on my old Spesh MTB Comps. They were well worn at the pinkies and offering no protection there, plus the bottoms were toast. I was feeling cheap, so I ended up buying a pair of Shimano MT21s at Landis for like $50. They're heavy, but I like the extra foot protection, and they're much better for hike-a-biking and just walking in general. I figured I'd get something light and cool when the time came, but I haven't noticed that my feet feel overheated so far, and now that the temps are fading I'm not inclined to get some other shoe on that count. I don't notice the extra weight, but I don't race.

    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...:referralID=NA

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    Thank you for the recommendations, I still think I would prefer to have a more XC designed shoe. My idea of an XC shoe is low top, and I don't necessarily need a hicking shoe that I can put cleats on. I guess all I am really looking for is something similar to the SIDI bullet series that has a reinforced lateral toe. I will keep searching.

    Anyone else tear through this part of their shoes - I can't be the only MTBer that has chosen a bad line or two in my life?
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    For Sedona and some of the rocker trails in Flag like Supermoto where I'll scrape a rock or have to walk a bit I have a pair of Lake MX 190. Vibram sole and pretty tough. Much more so than my Sidis anyway. I've seen them on sale for less than $100.

    http://www.lakecycling.com/mx190-p-101.html

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    I have a pair of lightly used Sidi Adrenelin's (they are too small for me). They are a men's 41

    Good toe coverage and mid ankle protection as well.

    I don't think that they are made any more.

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    im running keen springwaters recently, they have a nice thick rubber toe area... but if you are looking for carbon xc shoes, they may not fit the bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bioport
    im running keen springwaters recently, they have a nice thick rubber toe area... but if you are looking for carbon xc shoes, they may not fit the bill.
    I got those Keens too, exactly for the toe box protection, but I snapped the sole on one after a couple of rides:

    http://blog.drwelby.net/post/1378414...a-drwelby-so-i

    Too bad, they were comfy too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr.welby
    I got those Keens too, exactly for the toe box protection, but I snapped the sole on one after a couple of rides:

    http://blog.drwelby.net/post/1378414...a-drwelby-so-i

    Too bad, they were comfy too.
    Did you end up getting the Pearl Izumi shoes? I had the X-alp enduro, and snapped the plastic ratchet off one during my second ride with them. REI replaced them, but I gave them away and got something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bioport
    Did you end up getting the Pearl Izumi shoes? I had the X-alp enduro, and snapped the plastic ratchet off one during my second ride with them. REI replaced them, but I gave them away and got something else.
    Nope, still waiting to find something inspiring that I can try on.

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    Lake MX165's. Kinda heavy but very well built with a sturdy toe rand. Very hike-a-bike-able as well, at least compared to the Speshy BG Comp's I had previous.
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