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Gear Review

2 5

Not So Fast

I ordered these the week they came out through the Vans website, I was so psyched... I have had lot of all mountain shoes over the years. My favorites were the Oakleys from 6-7 years ago. It's a bummer they stopped making these SPD shoes. Vans always makes good shoes and these are quite well made. However, should you use these for anything other than going downhill, you will feel how bad they are... First off, in all the shoes I own, these have the most off-center cleat position. The cleat is literally under your big toe and most of the shoe fall outward off the pedal. So any power transfer going uphill feels awful and power gets wasted. The other thing is this shoe is like a skate shoe on steroids. It's stiff (which is good) but it's so bulky and so darn heavy, even my FiveTen Minnaar feel lighter!! And that's saying something because those are freaking heavy too. So I know some riders like these, but for foot position and weight penalty, I cannot recommend them. And oh yeah, Oakley please, bring back some biking shoes...!! Yours were the best. I can't stand to ride Shimanos anymore... ; (