Bike and Hike shoes
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jun 14, 2012 7:44 AM Last Post By: Nokka
Jun 7, 2012 8:41 AM
Jun 7, 2012 7:26 PM
1Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek IV Bike Shoes
My Fiancee and myself both have a pair and are quite happy with them. They've won a few awards as
well. Here's a couple of reviews from the net.
Jun 8, 2012 4:02 AM
2Haven't tried these, so I am not going to dismiss them. I do think though, that if you wear clip-in shoes you want them to do a job. If you go too far toward a "compromise" shoe, you risk doing neither job well.
As an alternative (admittedly more expensive) what about some ordinary mountain bike shoes for riding, and some Merrell "barefoot" shoes for off the bike. They weigh almost nothing, and pack down flat in your bag. Very comfortable, although I confess I wouldn't try to trek the himalayas in them. I love mine.
Jun 9, 2012 12:39 AM
3Your question is a bit confusing as you mention running shoes, then hiking.... which do you want? You can't get a shoe to do both and are suitable for cycling.
For hiking and cycling, the Shimano MT-90 is hard to beat. They are a bit heavy though for regular day to day walking, but they are perfectly good as hiking shoes and are very comfortable in all weathers on the bike. The only negative thing I've found about them (I've been using a pair for about 6 years now) is that the stiff rigid sole makes them slippy when hiking on very hard ground.
Northwave make a very good range of bike/hike shoes. They are well made and long lasting - I've had one pair for many years without any problems. The main issue with them is that they are a very wide fitting I think - not really suitable for people with narrow feet.
Jun 11, 2012 5:38 PM
4Thanks for the suggestions! Sorry for any confusion - I want a hiking/walking shoe that also works with clipless pedals. The suggestions are perfect! I hike a lot but always just wear regular running shoes - hence the reason I used both those terms.
I'll try on some of these and see which I think would work best!
Jun 14, 2012 7:44 AM
5I prefer toe clips, so that I can use my hiking shoes as a set of allrounders.
The hiking shoes are good enough for cycling, for going out to town and for, er, hiking. I'll take a pair of sandals as well to wear around camp or to cycle with when it's hot.
This leaves me with only 2 pairs to carry - one on your feet, one in the bag. Less space taken up, and less weight. Shoes especially are bulky items and take up a lot of space.
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