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I have the La Sportiva Bushido, also a thin trail running shoe with a "rock plate," and I've biked in it. Obviously the shoe is not as stiff as a dedicated mountain biking shoe, but it's not too bad. The issue for me isn't stiffness, it's grip. The deep tread and lugs on the sole just do not play nicely with the pedals, and I felt out of control on faster, bumpier stuff. Like I was going to come off the pedals. Granted, the tread on these shoes don't look nearly as deep as the Bushidos (pictured), but my advice is if you're using platform pedals, you're going to want something with a flatter sole.

I have the La Sportiva Bushido, also a thin trail running shoe with a "rock plate," and I've biked in it.  Obviously the shoe is not as stiff as a dedicated mountain biking shoe, but it's not too bad.  The issue for me isn't stiffness, it's grip.  The deep tread and lugs on the sole just do not play nicely with the pedals, and I felt out of control on faster, bumpier stuff.  Like I was going to come off the pedals.  Granted, the tread on these shoes don't look nearly as deep as the Bushidos (pictured), but my advice is if you're using platform pedals, you're going to want something with a flatter sole.

I'd have thought that judging them by price/ounce implied that you wanted MORE weight. The Trail Wind costs $80 (ignoring the current sale) and weighs 145g for a medium; the Tachyon costs $85 and weighs barely a third of that ? 51g for a medium. So really, if you go with the Tachyon, you're paying them $5 to cut two-thirds of the weight. Seems to me that the Tachyon wins this one.

It's possible this would be effective against bears, though it's worth noting that civilian pepper sprays (like for use against muggers) are basically useless against bears. Most bear sprays have a blend of capsicum and other irritants. I'd check with the manufacturer, and if they don't explicitly recommend it for bear, don't bring it.

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