I'm a cross country guy, not a DH rider, but there are those times that I want a comfortable pair of shoes that ride right too. I bought these shoes, along with Crank Bro Mallet2 pedals - the shoe is perfect, fit exact true to size, very comfortable and seems very durable. I installed the Crank Bro cleat, and the cleat is below the surface of the sole. Meaning that these shoes put rubber on the ground, no cleat. Yet they still fit fine on the pedal when clipped in. I'll still use my race shoes and egg beaters for serious rides, but for the day to day, this is an awesome system. The velcro strap is nice, loosen for walking around, then an easy cinch strap for when you're clipped in and need power. Great shoe, great buy. Love it!