my last bikepack trip trashed another pair of Shimano shoes (tore the michelin sole free from the rigid 'last' if that's what its called). I've generally been stuck on Shimano and FiveTen shoes for riding. Decided to try something different and these Pearls made the cut. Time will tell if my riding style and the care (utter lack) I give them will result in long-term durability. But--here's why I chose these. Rigid and heavily lugged sole--should work on and off bike and if/when walking briefly on pavement (no clinking cleat). Fit was great and adjustable with a sleeved insole and a couple sizes of arch and tarsal pads that gave me a semi-custom fit at setup. Lets be clear here--for me, I could get a comfortable shoe just with the insole and cranking the boa's appropriately. But messing with the sole inserts seemed to get me something ever so slightly more comfortable (?). One of the biggest reasons for choosing this shoe over others is the dual boa's mounted on the top of the shoe. I've tired of laces, speed laces (salomon style used on some shimano etc), and velcro on my bike shoes. Ratcheting buckles are AOK but I've ripped the side mount buckles off a couple shoes in my mtb riding lifetime so far (ripping a narrow line with boulders at pedal height) that BOAs on the top seem to make a lot of sense.