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I took my new Phase (made by Bell Sports according to a sticker : ) out to a local trail park for about an hour today. It was sunny with a little bit of wind. I did not really notice it during my ride, which was great. I have not smashed it into anything yet, so I can not comment on that.
My head is about 22.5 in around so I got the medium (55-59 cm). It came with the height adjustment maxed out (in the 3rd position) and I turned the Acu Dial to about 75% closed. It is a good fit.
I did not see a side on view, so I am posting one. Too bad I was the only one around to display it : )
The quality of the upper is not exceptional, but to get some of the features of this shoe at this price, it is worth a try. The sole seems pretty stiff and well made; likewise with the Step by Step ratchet system. My only real gripe with the manufacturing is that the toe vents are almost completely covered with adhesive... I will not send them back for that. I bought these because Nortwave is said fit wide feet well, the 45.5 fits me great. I normally wear a 10.5W or an 11 in U.S. shoes. I measured today, my heel to toe is 11.25" and the widest part of my foot is 4.375 inches. I was impressed by the fit. My feet are not abnormally wide, but most normal shoes do not feel as good. There is definitely not enough arch support, but I guess it is easier to add than it would be to take out.
I have ridden on them for about 100 miles now (24 miles at a time) and have to say I like them a lot. They are very comfortable, get good traction hiking on rocks and stuff, and do not get too hot inside. Definitely use some non-permanent thread locker on the cleat fasteners ; )