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SpecializedRecon 3.0 Mountain Bike Shoe


Item # SCQ0089

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Why We Like The Recon 3.0 Mountain Bike Shoe

Built from the bottom up with lightweight performance and efficiency-focused comfort, the Recon 3.0 Mountain Bike Shoe draws on its S-Works Recon roots to give you a high-quality shoe for cross-country and trail. Carbon STRIDE toe-flex technology shaves off every unnecessary gram in the uppers, and keeps the stiffness index at a tight 10.0—which translates into pedaling power you can still hike in.

The Recon 3.0 likes to keep things comfortable. That's thanks to its Body Geometry sole and footbed. By combining ergonomic designs with intensive scientific testing, Body Geometry shoes improve comfort while claiming to reduce your chance of chronic injury. Defining elements include a Longitudinal Arch support that boosts your power output, a built-in Varus Wedge that improves knee alignment while pedaling, and a Metatarsal button that alleviates numbness and hot spots.

  • Specialized's top Recon model for lightweight MTB comfort
  • Body Geometry construction improves comfort and efficiency
  • Welded uppers with carbon toe-flex deliver lightweight pedal power
  • SlipNot rubber tread ensures grip in all conditions
  • Durable synthetic uppers with micro-adjustable Boa closure
  • Two-bolt cleat pattern fits all major MTB pedals

Tech Specs
Upper Materialsynthetic
ClosureBOA L6-Snap dial, asymmetric hook-and-loop straps
MidsoleBody Geometry
Cleat Compatibility2-bolt
Manufacturer Warranty2 years
Activitymountain biking, cyclocross, cross-country, trail


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: 3

Very good, but very flawed

I've put it through the wringer
Runs large
Size Bought
5` 10"
142 lbs

I've put a couple thousand miles on my pair of Recon 3's, used for road riding, gravel, and mountain biking. Pros: - Stiff soles, great power transfer - Boa works well, upper dial may be a tad too high and put painful pressure when dropping heels - Very good traction - Decently roomy toe box (way better than Giro, in my opinion) - Drains impressively quickly - Comfy to stand around in Cons: - Tongue is way too long, digs into my ankles, now I have actual scars there. In hindsight I wish I'd cut the tongue shorter on day 1. - Sizing runs large, my normal size is too big and now I need to downsize, but Backcountry doesn't seem to carry the in-between sizes

>Rating: 2

Not for wider feet

Runs small

I was really excited for this shoe. It looks great, but the look doesn't match the fit. This was my first cycling shoe from this brand. I have several from other brands. This shoe was much to narrow in the front part of the shoe for what I guess is a wider food than some of the other reviewers. I don't wear the larger width shoes when that is an option so I wouldn't say my foot is super wide. This shoe was uncomfortable from the moment I put it in. The length was fine. If you have a narrow foot, this shoe may be a great option for you.

>Rating: 4

Best shoe I've found

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size
Size Bought
5` 9"
220 lbs

I have a relatively flat foot that gets wider under load. I also have a normal to narrow heel. Generally, if I find a shoe that fits in the forefoot, the heel slips. If the heel is locked, the forefoot is tight. When I tried these shoes on, my initial feeling was that they were a bit big. As I tightened the BOA, though everything felt perfect. When coasting, I had tons of room in the forefoot, borderline loose for cycling shoes. Then when I put the hammer down, they felt perfect, no tightness on my toes, but still sufficiently stable and locked in. All that said, they have the flaws that others mention... The toe strap has some extra material that can cause some pressure on the top of foot by your toe knuckle. Also the upper BOA is located up too high. If you drop your heels for a decent, you can really feel the pressure of the BOA lace if you have them set relatively tight. Under normal pedaling I don't feel it, but it's bad on decents. Overall though, for my feet, this is the best compromise I have found by quite alot. I've previously rode Shimano, Lake, and FiveTen.

>Rating: 5

Roomy toe and overall shoe

I returned this product before using it
Runs large
Size Bought

Unlike other reviewers who say these are running small, I definitely found I need to size down in these. That’s why I am returning them. Otherwise they’re very comfortable. Toebox also seems spacious.

>Rating: 1

The worst fitting shoe I've ever worn

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
True to size

I've worn countless brands of shoes over many years of mountain biking, and my feet generally fit most shoes pretty well. I have no idea how these shoes were made, but they felt pretty terrible the instant I tried them on. They were the right size, they just hit my foot in all the wrong places. I can't imagine riding any distances in these things.

>Rating: 5

Great Shoes for my low volume feet

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
6` 4"
205 lbs

It is evident from the previous reviews, that shoes, like helmets, are a very hard thing to generalize whether they are comfortable or not. I have rode in many different brands, including PI, and Sidi. I bought these this summer, to mainly ride gravel in. I have put thousands of miles on these, on both my gravel bike and my MTB. I have found them incredibly comfortable, and one of the only shoes that I haven’t had to put extra insoles in, for my low volume feet. Maybe that is the key. I will probably keep these to race and ride MTB, and hopefully get some of the stiffer S-works version, when I can afford them, for longer gravel rides/races. The soles on these Recon 3’s have great traction, when off the bike, and seem pretty comfortable to walk in, when needed. My only sorta complaint, would be that I had been riding my gravel bike in very stiff road shoes, and although I love the ability to get out of spd cleats much easier than my road pedals, on extended rides the stiffer soles were easier on my feet.

>Rating: 1

Don’t waste your money like I did

I've put it through the wringer
Runs small
Size Bought
5` 7"
130 lbs

I have been racing bikes for over 30 years and have owned multiple pairs of cycling shoes. These are the worst cycling shoes I have ever owned. They do run small. I have always loved Sidi MTB shoes but figured I would try these because they have the BOA adjustment that I love on my snowboard boots. Bad call-Horrible to walk in and they are not just uncomfortable, they are really miserable, especially if you have any minor foot issues. I tried everything as far as inserts & adjustments. I don’t write many reviews but I regret buying these and I don’t want someone else to make the same costly mistake. Wish I could return these. Don’t make the same mistake I did-buy a different pair of shoes!!!

>Rating: 2

Remarkably Uncomfortable

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought
6` 2"
187 lbs

I want to love these shoes (I love the aqua colorway), but they are by far the most uncomfortable cycling shoes I've ever owned. They dig into the arch of my foot and ankle - while feeling loose at the same time. For what it's worth, I have a pair of Specialized Torch 3.0 road shoes in the same size that feel great. I also own a previous generation of these shoes from about 5 years back that feel great. I wanted to use these for cyclocross, but I don't think that's going to work out. Finally, the BOA straps are one-way: tighten only, then pop-up to completely release. This means I can't quickly loosen a notch while riding. Anyhow, I hesitate to write a negative review, but I'm really not thrilled with these shoes.