- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Pros: Insane grip. Good fit- very comfortable (I've never had blisters even riding cross country all day). Great protection against rock strikes. I cant stress this enough- awesome grip. Stiff soles- great for big jumps, steep descents, and shoveling.
Cons: Heavy on hot and humid days. Do not dry quickly after lots of sweat or a wash.
These shoes inspired so much confidence after switching from years on DC skate shoes. I never realized just how much I shifted my feet before I wore the Impacts. Now I can point my bike down the steepest rough stuff and never worry about my foot slipping. Pair them with a set of Straitlines and you can enjoy the grip of being clipped in while still easily throwing feet out to destroy berms or the jump line.
The rocky advanced downhills at Angel Fire were no match for this shoe.
I highly recommend to anyone on a big bike riding more downhill that up.
(I'd probably go with Freeriders if I did more AM climbs.)