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Thread: Most hikeable clipless shoe?
01-10-2012, 02:35 PM #1
Most hikeable clipless shoe?
I'm in the market for new bike shoes. I sometimes enjoy long epics that require significant hike-a-biking and would like to get a shoe that hikes better than typical clipless shoes. I've been perusing Hucknroll a bit today and noticed the Mavic Alpine http://www.hucknroll.com/mavic-alpine-bike-shoe-mens which seems to fit the bill nicely. I found a couple positive reviews of them but nothing extensive. Anyone have any experience with the Mavics or have any other suggestions?
edit: I really should have titled this thread "Best" hikeable clipless shoe instead of "Most"
Last edited by Dantheman; 01-10-2012 at 03:45 PM.
01-10-2012, 02:42 PM #2
01-10-2012, 02:46 PM #3
What about the 5.10 maltese falcons? They might not have the support of a pure hiking shoe, but have a grippy, flexible sole, recessed cleat, and you should be able to lace them up pretty tight. Will lose a little efficiency peddling, but thats a tradeoff that's inevitable with how flexy of a sole you want.
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/2011-Five-Ten.htmlTake everything you like seriously, except yourselves.
01-10-2012, 02:51 PM #4
Check out the Shimano MT series. I've owned the MT51s and now ride the MT52s. They're my everyday mtb shoe and I love them. They walk well, yet still have a stiff platform for pedalling. I believe the new version is the MT53.
I've also got a pair of the MT91s on the way for winter riding and combo ride/hikes.
Some of the other MTs look really nice too."I knew in an instant that the three dollars I had spent on wine would not go to waste."
01-10-2012, 03:28 PM #5
01-10-2012, 03:31 PM #6
The new Specialized Rime is sweet, but sold out till feb. They added a Vibram sole and backed the stiffness down a bit. The shoe now bends so you don't get heel blisters from a full-length carbon sole.
01-10-2012, 03:37 PM #7Registered User
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Arty I've like to hear what you think of the MT-91 when you get them.
Puzzles me why that shoe is not available in NA. I assume you ordered from the UK?
01-10-2012, 03:51 PM #8
I like my Specialized Tahoes a lot, though it looks like they redesigned them since my current pair.All I know is that I don't know nothin'... and that's fine.
01-10-2012, 04:08 PM #9
01-10-2012, 05:34 PM #10All I know is that I don't know nothin'... and that's fine.
01-10-2012, 05:40 PM #11
I've used Lakes for years, but last year I got a pair of Pearl Izumi X-Alp shoes and they hike amazingly well. I got them for the same reason- hike-a-bike filled epics and I was happy with them all the way around. I did a little review on my blog HERE.
01-10-2012, 06:01 PM #12
LBS owner uses the X-Alp with the new XT trail pedal and he's a glutton for hab. They seem to have held up well and if I didn't like a stiffer sole I'd go that route.
01-11-2012, 03:41 AM #13
The Pearl Izumi X-Alp series are the best shoes of that type I've found. Nice trail-running outsole with grippy rubber. Get the ones with laces (the Seek) unless you like buckles getting busted off on rocks.
The only problem I have is that the rubber toe protector doesn't go far enough around the side and the little toe area still gets ripped up on rocks. A preventative piece of gaffer tape is probably a good idea here. That being said, mine are still going after two seasons, but they look awfully raggedy on the outside.
01-11-2012, 06:39 AM #14Gluten Free Dan
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I started withe Spec Tahoe. It broke down a bit faster than I hoped, but still a nice shoe. I switched to the Mavic Alpine-XL beginning of 2010 and it was noticeably stiffer. I liked it, but couldn't get it to fit my foot right. The sole was stiff, but definitely still walkable and let you scramble up rock with the very grippy sole. I ended up committing to flats and would likely go back for something along the lines of the Tahoe but more durable.
01-11-2012, 11:06 AM #15
One more for PI X-Alp Elites. Best clipless shoes I've ever used.
01-11-2012, 11:11 AM #16
I've been riding the Pearl Izumi X-Alp lace up model for several years. I think they're a great choice for hike-a-bike days.
01-11-2012, 12:56 PM #17
"I knew in an instant that the three dollars I had spent on wine would not go to waste."
01-11-2012, 01:28 PM #18
I have an older pair of Specialized Tahoes. They fit great for walking, but my feet always hurt while clipped in on the bike. I've had a pair of X-Alps for 3 or 4 years, and they are the most comfortable bike shoes that I've ever owned. I will absolutely buy another pair.
01-11-2012, 02:37 PM #19Registered User
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Another vote for the Pearl X-Alp. I got a pair so I wouldn't have to change shoes when I go out for short trailwork sessions, and they quickly became my go-to shoes for rides.
The downside is they kind of look like grandpa shoes.