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Light MTB shoes?

Postby celeste boy » Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:33 pm

Wondering if anyone has had experience/owns a pair of light MTB shoes. Mine are good Shimano shoes but weigh in at over 1kg and feel like it when I ride.
Any suggestions please?

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Re: Light MTB shoes?

Postby SuperSix » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:02 pm

I have sidi Drako which are pretty light. Specialized S-works shoes are similar in weight and design. Both are super stiff carbon soles xc race shoes. I think the top of the range mavic shoes are amongst the lightest going around. And I think Northwave now make an uber light mtb shoe.
Love my Sidi's though.
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Re: Light MTB shoes?

Postby justalf » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:08 pm

There is only one choice - Shimano SPD Sandals.
http://www.wiggle.com.au/shimano-sd66-s ... 5360461354
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Re: Light MTB shoes?

Postby celeste boy » Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:50 am

justalf wrote:There is only one choice - Shimano SPD Sandals.
http://www.wiggle.com.au/shimano-sd66-s ... 5360461354


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Re: Light MTB shoes?

Postby bychosis » Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:59 am

You'll just have to cut panels out of your normal shoes. :)

This morning I popped my shoes on the scales thinking 1kg sounds like a lot, sure enough one shoe was 581g (didn't weigh the other to compare as it was already on my foot)
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Re: Light MTB shoes?

Postby alexander » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:44 am

it's a trade off if you go light, as these then tend to wear out sooner. I'm assuming these would be more for XC and maybe CX, rather than DH or Enduro?

Have a look at the Spesh Sworks XC and Sworks trail, also have a look at the Shimano XC90 or XC60. These are more light cross shoes than really tough and heavy tradtional MTB shoes.
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Re: Light MTB shoes?

Postby skull » Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:21 am

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Re: Light MTB shoes?

Postby pedaldancer » Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:34 pm

Gaerne aren't cheap, but they are super super comfy. I've also used Sidi (replaceable sole), which I was very happy with. You may however struggle if you have wider feet.
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Re: Light MTB shoes?

Postby rodneycc » Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:56 pm

bychosis wrote:You'll just have to cut panels out of your normal shoes. :)

This morning I popped my shoes on the scales thinking 1kg sounds like a lot, sure enough one shoe was 581g (didn't weigh the other to compare as it was already on my foot)



I was actually thinking about doing this to a pair of New Balance cross-trainers. Any tips before I butcher a pair ?
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Re: Light MTB shoes?

Postby Marmoset » Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:16 pm

I bouht some Giro Code shoes a few months back, noticably lighter than the Shimano M161's I still have. They're not as grippy as the Shimano's for walking around in but have more tread than a pair of Sidi Dominator I had before the shimano shoes, so a good compromise IMO.

The tread on the Shimano shoes is what really makes them heavy I think. Although the uppers weren't as long lasting as I'd hoped either.
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Re: Light MTB shoes?

Postby open roader » Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:21 pm

celeste boy wrote:Wondering if anyone has had experience/owns a pair of light MTB shoes. Mine are good Shimano shoes but weigh in at over 1kg and feel like it when I ride.
Any suggestions please?

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Re: Light MTB shoes?

Postby trailgumby » Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:12 pm

Well thats the thing. Light, or durable. Pick one.

I have a pair of Bontrager RXLs that are a revelation to pedal in, so stiff and efficient, but I've all but destroyed them hike-a-biking over double black diamond stuff that I'm not confident to ride around my way.

The cheapo Spesh things (in environmentally friendly dog poo brown) I picked up for $50 at the Fling are so much more confidence inspiring to scramble about in.

It's amazing (if unsurprising) how a bit of sole flex to help your foot conform to the rock helps you grip.

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Re: Light MTB shoes?

Postby skull » Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:49 am

trailgumby wrote:Well thats the thing. Light, or durable. Pick one


Again I will have to say bont vaypour xc's
Light
Stiff
Durable

But expensive.

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Re: Light MTB shoes?

Postby trailgumby » Sat Mar 22, 2014 8:52 am

Would you scramble about off the bike in them on technical rocky trails?

My RXLs are still in one piece but look like they've been given a hiding... because they have. :(

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