MTB SPD Shoes – Velcro vs Ratchety Thing
I’ve got some shoes the same as those but Specialized and got the ratchet type as when I tried them on in the shop I could get the ratchet tighter. I do tighten the ratchet for tricky climbs when I pull up more. Never ever had an issue with the ratchets getting gunked up, even after being fully submerged in thick mud. I do give them the occasional squirt of GT85 or WD40 and they’ve been fine.Posted 4 years agoRealManMember
Ratchets are a lot easier to adjust when riding (you do it more often then you think, when it’s that easy), and don’t wear out.
Had to replace a pair of my specialized shoes the other week cause the velcro tabs were so worn they wouldn’t grip any more, where as the ratchets still worked as they did when they were new.
Never had serious ratchet/grit problems, using them for 4 or so years now.Posted 4 years ago
About to pull the trigger on some new mtb shoes to go on a cyclolcololololcross bike, and have it narrowed down to these two:
Is there any major bonus of the ratchet type fasteners, over velcro? Price diff is about £7.
…I should add, that fit > fastening method, and they both fit ok.Posted 4 years ago
boa is a dial system used in ski stuff as well
Imagine you have laces but you tighten them by turning a dial
As above you can also use them in winter with gloves but one dial does the whole shoe
Better than the ratchet thought the ratchet shoes i have have two velcro tabs and one ratcher
Really like and rate mine tbhPosted 4 years agoDezBSubscriber
Velcro every time. Simple and it just works.
Ratchets are a faff .. got rid of the first ratchet shoes I bought and went back to Northwave 3 velcro straps.
Can’t help but wonder how people manage to get velcro straps clogged with mud when they are done up! Never happened to mine.Posted 4 years ago
How do they (boa) last? Salomon did (do?) silly string with a ratchet thing on their xa’s that wear out PDQ when used in anger (i.e. not just in the pub)
Think i got circa 5 years out of my Lakes ones which were getting about 4 days use for 8 months a year [ Winter shoe so perfect for the UK 😉
The laces snapped eventually and it once jammed closed – freed up easily enough with some lube [ it was all we had in the car]
Does not really matter as there is a lifetime guarantee and they replace everything free so zero risk tbhPosted 4 years agorocky mountainMember
Had a pair of Sidi’s for years with velcro and ratchet combo. Had to replace the velco a few times. Lost a ratchet due to the grub screw and was easily replaced.
Have the above shoe with guess what ratchet. As good as the Sidis, though have the mesh top.
Noticed there are two holes for the grub screw, so that you adjust or in winter wear thicker socks etc and let it out a bit.Posted 4 years agoFunkyDuncMember
Ive got the ratchet ones. Velcro ones come clogged with mud and don’t close, not had a problem with ratchet.
I had some Specialized Sports before (velcro) the Shimano feel cheap in comparison, and don’t breath half as well, which is bad for summer but good for winter.Posted 4 years agowobbliscottMember
The expensive Spesh carbons have ratchets:-
I’ve got these. They’re brilliant. After 2 years of riding in all conditions, after a hose down they look good as new.Posted 4 years agobrakesMember
ratchets are so much better. especially for fine tuning the fit over the course of a ride where the shoe/ your feet will swell/ shrink. but also over time as the shoes stretch.
make sure you can buy replacement buckles though as they do wear out eventually – it’s normally the buckle that does rather than the strap. I’ve also smashed one off that needed to be replaced.Posted 4 years ago
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