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  1. #51
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickwm21 View Post
    What are people wearing for clippy shoes in the PNWet?

    IE- something that can handle the wet and mud, but not a full on winter boot... Not a sponge or colander, but also not a sweatbox?

    All these threads about going from clips to flats have me interested in the opposite conversion... trying clips for the first time in a decade....

    I’ll buy some XT Trails. I was leaning towards the PI XAlp Elevates for shoes but reviews call them leaky?


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    Answer: Just use the boot dryer, and when it gets really wet and cold use Showers Pass waterproof socks.

  2. #52
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    i've toured wearing gortex shoe covers and they absolutley do keep your foot dry in driving rain
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

  3. #53
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    All out of XAlps in my size. Ordered ME5s and XT Trails. Excited to fall over a few times....


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  4. #54
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickwm21 View Post
    All out of XAlps in my size. Ordered ME5s and XT Trails. Excited to fall over a few times....
    It's funny though - once your brain is trained, it's permanent. I was riding flat pedals the other day and noticed myself twisting my heel every time I took a foot off.

  5. #55
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    Quote Originally Posted by ridinshockgun View Post
    Answer: Just use the boot dryer, and when it gets really wet and cold use Showers Pass waterproof socks.
    x2 on that! For wet mtbing at 30-50 degree temps those waterproof socks have led to a big increase in riding comfort for me. The boot drier also works great to dry the shoes out.

    I'm half considering a few clipless rides after being almost entirely flats for five years, but think I might just keep it long rides in dry summer conditions. For some reason I just can't get away from the comfort and confidence that flats give me in slippery, off-camber steep/wet/rooty conditions.

  6. #56
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dromond View Post
    <snip> For some reason I just can't get away from the comfort and confidence that flats give me in slippery, off-camber steep/wet/rooty conditions.
    And creek crossings. Man... doing Agate Creek was *sooooo* nice in 5.10's as opposed to clipless shoes. Except for the fact that the 5.10's weighed approximately 483 pounds at the end.

  7. #57
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    Ordered a pair of X-Alp Elevates and they came in yesterday. I was hoping for 45s but 45.5 was all I could find. I'm a 45 in my Sidis, but these 45.5s feel really similar in length so I think they are going to be a good fit. They flex and walk like a shoe. That is encouraging on one hand but also worrisome - I'll find out more when I get cleats on them and get a ride in.

    If others are looking for these it would appear that Backcountry has them back in stock (as of two nights ago) in normal sizes.

    Also. . . anybody want a good deal on a pair of Fizik Terra x5s?

  8. #58
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    Second ride tonight on the Elevates, and I'm happy with the shoes. The 43 is a smidge long for me, but the toe box is snug enough laterally that I'm not 100% sure the 42 would've been a good choice, and the two-boa closure means I can just snug the upper one nice and tight. Once I do that, I'm not noticing the shoes much at all--no uncomfortable spots, my feet aren't moving around in them, etc--so I'm happy there.

    Now I just need to figure out if I have my cleats positioned optimally or not; getting back in didn't seem as easy as I thought it should today, but it's been a while since I went mountain biking with clipless pedals, and road riding isn't really a fair comparison.

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