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SpecializedRecon 2.0 Mountain Bike Shoe

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Item # SCQ0088

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Item # SCQ0088

Why We Like The Recon 2.0 Mountain Bike Shoe

The next level up in Specialized's Recon line, the Recon 2.0 Mountain Bike Shoe continues to focus on performance, comfort, and efficiency, but with a few feature upgrades that aren't available in the 1.0. The primary upgrade is an endlessly adjustable L6-Snap Boa dial and strap closure system that locks in a precise fit in seconds and offers micro-adjustable comfort customization on the fly. Specialized also introduced XPEL mesh to the 2.0 for quick-drying, breathable comfort when you're dealing with wetter conditions on the trail. This means no wet shoes the morning after a rainy ride.

Balancing off-bike comfort and in-the-saddle performance, the Injection STRIDE toe-flex technology allows natural toe movement when walking, while maintaining stiffness for pedal efficiency. The Body Geometry construction increases power and efficiency while also decreasing chances of injury through optimal hip, knee, and foot alignment on rides that go from open gravel to snaking singletrack. And if there are hike-a-bike sections, the lifted heel and SlipNot rubber treads work together to deliver natural comfort and confidence with every step—especially if some of those steps happen to be over slippery rocks and sloppy mud.

  • Top-tier performance and comfort define this versatile MTB shoe
  • Boa L6-snap dial and strap closure offers micro-adjustable comfort
  • Body Geometry construction enhances comfort and efficiency
  • XPEL mesh boosts breathability and dries quickly
  • Welded upper reduces seams for superior step-in comfort
  • Nylon sole blends stiffness with off-bike comfort
  • SlipNot rubber tread provides optimal traction on wet terrain
  • Two-bolt cleat pattern fits all major mountain bike pedals

Tech Specs
Upper Materialwelded
LiningXPEL mesh
ClosureBoa L6-Snap dial, hook-and-loop strap
MidsoleBody Geometry
Solenylon, SlipNot rubber
Cleat Compatibility2-bolt
Activitycross-country, trail
Manufacturer Warranty2 years


Cycling Footwear
35 3.5 5 2.5 22.5
36 4.25 5.75 3.25 23
37 5 6.5 4 23.5
38 5.75 7.25 4.75 24.5
38.5 6 7.5 5 24.75
39 6.5 8 5.5 25
39.5 7.25 8.5 6.25 25.25
40 7.5 9 6.5 25.5
40.5 7.75 9.25 6.75 25.75
41 8 9.5 7 26
41.5 8.5 10 7.5 26.5
42 9 10.5 8 27
42.5 9.3 10.75 8.3 27.3
43 9.6 11 8.6 27.5
43.5 10.25 11.5 9.25 27.9
44 10.6 12 9.6 28.3
44.5 11   10 28.6
45 11.5   10.5 29
45.5 11.75   10.75 29.3
46 12.25   11.25 29.5
46.5 12.6   11.6 29.9
47 13   12 30.2
48 13.75   12.75 30.9
49 14.5   13.5 31.6
50 15.5   14.5 32.3

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Great MTB Shoe

I've put it through the wringer
Runs large
Size Bought
175 lbs

Have done a few hundred trail miles with these shoe. They are a great trail shoe and i like the BOA micro tension. When hike a bike comes, the slight amount of flex in the toe and tough aggressive all rubber sole are just what is needed. In the loose or scrambling over rocks they grip and the lugs have not torn or chipped. The shoes are very comfortable, for me, even on 4-5 hour rides. The stiff section is very stable with XT clip-less pedals, no pins. Even if I'm forced to un-clip and still need a pedal, the aggressive bottom gets some traction on the clipless pedals. It has saved my butt several time. My cons: 1) On my 2nd ride, clipped the BOA tension device on a log and it came apart losing tension in the lace. I was lucky, after and extensive search on and off the trial I found all the dial pieces and was able to figure out how to reassemble it trail side. Riding again, with proper tension, after 40mins. Didn't have to replace any pieces. 2) About once a month or 200 miles need to silicone spray the BOA line, clips and tension device. This ensures smooth tension and release. My current riding conditions are very dry, loose, dusty and often sandy sections. 3) Runs large. I wear an 11.5 - 12 US shoe and got the 45.5. I think a 45 would work. Highly recommend this shoe. 5 Stars; comfort and function. 4 stars; fit and concern for loosing another BOA dial and tension. Most likely will buy again.

>Rating: 1

Awful Shoe Unless You Like Hotspots

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought
25` 10"
175 lbs

I wore this shoe 3 times (over 100 miles) and was extremely disappointed. Not only did they cause hot spots, but the tongue of the shoe works its way towards your toes. If you tighten the boa to try and keep the tongue from sliding down, you cut off your blood circulation. Horrible shoe! Thank you Backcountry for allowing me to return them. This is why I shop Backcountry; they are a great company with an excellent return policy.

>Rating: 2

Boa dial kept coming off

I've used it several times

I rode in these shoes three times. All three times the left shoe boa dial either came off when I initially went to put on the shoe or when I went to adjust the shoe on the trail. Each time I was able to figure out how to put the boa dial back on but obviously this is something that is not supposed to happen. Now comparing this boa to the one of my Shimano S-Phyre road shoe it is clearly not as solid/well made as it but then again that is a pricey shoe. I don't know if the issue is a design defect or a manufacturing defect but it is a defect. One can only assume that if kept and the dial kept coming off eventually something will wear out/break to where it does not go back on and that could be when one is miles away from the car. So I requested a return and have sent the shoes back. Back to square one.

>Rating: 5

Recon 2.0 Mountain Bike Shoe

I've used it several times
Runs large
Size Bought
5` 9"
190 lbs

Extremely comfortable in and out of the pedals! Useful in every terrain. Light to wear.

>Rating: 4

Great shoes on and off the bike

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
5` 11"
175 lbs

These are the first clipless shoes that I have ever used. That being said I did a fairly large amount of research on using a clipless shoe & pedal system. I landed on the Recon 2.0 for several reasons. After trying out some in my LBS I ended up getting them online for the color. The boa system holds up well. I've not noticed any stretching of the laces. The absolute best part about these shoes is the ability to flex on the ball of your foot when walking. I've not tried running in them but they certainly are very easy to walk uphill in. On the bike they are super sturdy and have very little flex in the sole. I would absolutely recommend these for anyone that finds walking in their cycling shoes handy.

>Rating: 4

Form and Function

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought
5` 10"
2 lbs

This shoe looks good and works well. Overall, I am very happy with these shoes and give them 4 out of 5 stars. Giving 4.5 might be more accurate. I have found that despite being stiff on the pedals, they are comfortable to walk in. Though I've not yet had to do a serious hike-a-bike, the soles look just wide enough to provide stability. They're certainly more substantial than "classic" XC shoes. More sneaker-like shoes will very likely be wider, especially at the heel. The Boa lacing has worked well and did not loosen over the course of rides. Break-in time for riding is quick - my fifth use of them was a seven hour ride and I had no pressure nor sore points. For walking, the shoe might need more time to fit like old blue jeans. With regard to sizing, my feet are "low volume", somewhat narrow, and I use a Specialized insole for arch support. The fit seems true to size - I usually wear a 10.5 US and the 44 European fits me well. The Boa laces provide the majority of the snugness and the tongue provide good padding for the laces. My toes have plenty of room in width and height. This has worked out well and will allow me to wear thicker socks when cold weather arrives. The construction seems to be good though I haven't used (abused) them long enough to know for certain. My size 44s are about 410 grams (14.5 ounces) per shoe, with my insoles and SPD cleats. With regard to foot protection, I suspect that they provide moderate protection. The toe area is stiffened, but like most other shoes, the sides are effectively a single layer. I think these are a great option for everything from gravel to modern XC and marathon. If they were stolen from me today, I would buy them again tomorrow.


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