Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Mountain Biking Shoes

Louis Garneau Granite

87

2015

Louis Garneau Granite

The first thing riders will notice about the Louis Garneau Granite is the surprisingly supple upper. The fit is glove like, hugging every curve of the foot, whether wide or narrow.

Pearl Izumi Men’s X-Project 2.0 MTB

95

2015

Pearl Izumi Men’s X-Project 2.0 MTB

The Pearl Izumi X-Project 2.0 MTB shoe is for serious riders who don’t want to sacrifice off-bike comfort and performance just to save some weight. Serious racers should consider this shoe as a day-to-day training shoe they can beat up without sacrificing performance.

Specialized Rime Expert

91

2015

Specialized Rime Expert

While the stiffness of the Specialized Rime Expert is certainly not sufficient for serious XC racing, or even hardcore enthusiasts, the shoe remains efficient enough for most riders, even while climbing, due to the majority of the flex occurring away from the foot/pedal interface.

Giro Code VR70

89

2015

Giro Code VR70

The Code is a high-performing, even race-ready, XC shoe that can also handle some more aggressive riding, with its tough, highly water-resistant upper and sticky Vibram lugs. 

Shimano M 163

88

2015

Shimano M 163

While the Shimano M 163 offers excellent comfort, and a secure fit all around, the outsole is too flexible even for the Enduro and Trail riding it’s intended for.