- SPD footwear for hike a bike
I’m doing a fair amount of pushing and carrying my bike up lake district mountains.
My shimano m087 xc type shoes aren’t particularly stable or grippy (narrow sole with lumpy grips) when hiking up, and the toe box is not well protected from flying rocks kicked up on the way down.
I wear with waterproof socks so feet are comfy, and I like how quickly the shoes dry out as well vented.
What alternatives do people use? I like the idea of hiking boot style but can only find shimano xm9 in my size.
Anyone got these? Do they get sweaty in warm weather? Take ages to dry out?
Anything else out there? I need a 43 or 44Posted 1 month agoAlasdairMcSubscriber
I don’t have XM9s, but I’m going to buy a pair soon to replace my MT91s that I’ve had for years and years.
I also have MO89s, and they’re far too stiff for hike a bike. The MT91s are great all year round though. I don’t wear waterproof socks as the boot covers that, instead going for Wooly Boolies all the time. The MT91s aren’t insulated at all, so they dry relatively quickly, but you still have a waterproof boot that can need emptied if the water gets in the big hole at the top.Posted 1 month agoFat-boy-fatSubscriber
I’ve got XM9s. On my 2nd pair. I don’t find they get sweaty and they dry out quick enough for me. No problems with grip either. The only bad bit is the lace tensioner thing, which does disintegrate over time. Saying that, I have taken to wearing “summer shoes” for a good part of the year, just not for hike a bike.Posted 1 month ago
Northwave gran canion looks good but can’t find my size anywhere.
mavics I’m not convinced on the sole grip… plus they are a million quid.
I think I will order up some xm9s, looks like probikekit have them discounted to £127.
Where did you get yours from fat-boy-fat / how did you wear the first pair out?Posted 1 month agoFat-boy-fatSubscriber
On the XM9s, I slashed the side of one of them on a particularly sharp bit of slate that kicked up. Lucky it hit my boot, not my shin. I do find they size up a bit small. I had MT91s before the XM9s. I’d actually say they were a bit bit better quality but they eventually fell apart.
On both types of boot, they aren’t the warmest. I use heated in soles in the depths of winter, even with a thick pair of merino wool socks.
Can’t remember where I bought them though. A N other internet shop probably.Posted 1 month agoesselgruntfuttockMember
@wzzz, yep Gearne Lapo’s. 2nd pair i’ve had. 1’st pair came apart at the soles after a Torridon hike but they were so comfy i got some more, these have a much harder sole compound. Had to get them from Germany though cos i couldn’t find any in the UK. Size 10’s too. I think they were around the £50-60 mark.Posted 1 month ago
Those Shimano XM9’s need to be good at the price they are.oldnpastitSubscriber
Also interested after specialized have decided to drop their vibram/chunky sole options for the UK. Bring back the rime! It still exists in the US?
I’ve gone from a Rime to an MTB Sport. The Rime was great (it’s finally falling apart too much to repair after many years of use), but the Sport, so far, seems just as good for the walking I’ve been doing.Posted 1 month ago
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