- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought these last year and have around 2000 miles wearing them. They are actually quite comfortable, much more so than my Shimano road shoes. The sole is stiff enough to pedal efficiently, but flexible enough to walk in. If you're used to something like a carbon sole that has virtually zero flex and you like that, these shoes may not be for you. I have gotten them soaked in creek crossings and they dry quickly. I prefer the ratchet strap at the top over a third velcro strap. These shoes are about midway on the clipless mtb shoes price scale and I think they reflect it in fit, design and performance. My friend wears some shoes that cost around $300. They are lighter and have a fancy closure system, but he talks about how he can barely walk in them. There is a good chance that when my XC50s wear out I will buy another pair. I feel they are a great value.