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    What is the difference between a pair of clipless shoes for $100 and a pair of clipless shoes for $300.

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    $200

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    other than the $200

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    Weight

    Not speaking from experience here but I gotta say weight and maybe fit / stiffness.

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    Don't forget that you are paying for the brand. If they are the same brand then the materials differ.

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    Honestly I can't say. I ride a lot with my dad because of our shared interest, and he's been using a cheap pair of AXO shoes for maybe 5 years now and he's had no complaints at all. Recently I've begun riding clipless and picked up a nice set of Sette Element MTB shoes from pricepoint for $44 and absolutely love them. I took a look at a set of $300 shoes at a local bike shop, which got me real leather and a lighter shoe. Honestly, the shoes I have look and feel very durable for the price. Honestly I can't say I know of any more of a difference than that.
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    Its kind of the same question as "What is the difference between a $50 athletic shoe and a $200 athletic shoe" You pay mainly for name brand and style and secondarily for materials and function.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ljsmith
    Its kind of the same question as "What is the difference between a $50 athletic shoe and a $200 athletic shoe" You pay mainly for name brand and style and secondarily for materials and function.
    I think there is is far more difference between in the mtb shoes than the running shoes.

    The high end mtb shoes are made of better materials. Better leather, rubber and sole material. I've found the higher end shoes last longer. The rocky trails around here are really hard on shoes.

    They are also lighter.

    Not much carbon fiber in running shoes.
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    I tend to think shoes are an item where you want to spend some money to get a good pair. Fit, durability, and stiffness of the shoe can make a real difference for you. An article in a recent mountain biking magazine (I forget which one) recently offered advice on where to spend your money and where you don't need to go the extra mile--and shoes came in on the side of spending the money to get a quality pair. My personal experience is that good shoes make a real difference. I'm on my third pair of shoes, my last pair being a significant upgrade and they cost about $120. But after getting some really nice road shoes and getting to experience what those are like, I'm about to fork out $300+ for a pair of great mountain biking shoes.

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    what type of shoes are you looking at that cost $300?

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