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  • Wide fitting flat shoes?
  • Premier Icon crimsondynamo
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    I have been on Specialized 2FO for the past couple.of pairs and they fit fine. I just bought a pair of new 2FO Roosts which are markedly narrower, so have to go back. As often happens, the last must have changed.

    What flat shoes out there with equal or greater width than old 2FOs?

    Thanks all.

    Premier Icon dyna-ti
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    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    Tick – in case there are any helpful answers.

    Desperately holding onto an old pair of VXI that seem to be wider than anything around now.

    Considering switching to Pedalling Inovations Catalyst Evo and using an Altra trail running shoe.

    Premier Icon andy5390
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    Shimano SPDs have always fitted me well, I would assume their flats would be similar sizing.

    Premier Icon hooli
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    I opened this to post Specialized 2FO but I guess I must have the old style. I’ll keep an eye on this thread as mine could do with replacing soon.

    Premier Icon dlr
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    Had the same issue years back when Five Ten started making theirs narrower. 2F0 weren’t wide enough for me, that was a few years back. Only ones I found to fit 3 years ago were the Mavic Deemax Elite. Terrible grip compared to my old five tens though and now starting to fall apart so also looking for other options. I tried Shimano back then as well and too narrow.

    Doesn’t help that most companies refuse to make their shoes in large sizes either, stopping at tiny size 12 etc

    Premier Icon BillOddie
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    I have what can only be described as Hobbit Feet.

    The clip in Shimano AM shoes fit me well, was tempted by their GR9s when I made the swap to flats but was put off by some of the reports stating lack of grip.

    Ended up with Ride Concepts and I went up 1/2 a size and find them to be comfy and sticky on the pedals.

    Premier Icon groundskeeperwilly
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    Crank brothers stamp wider than 5:10s if that’s helpful.

    Premier Icon chrisdw
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    My Northwave Tribes are very wide. Especially in the toes. Which was surprising as I normally wear ‘barefoot’ shoes and find most normal shoes too narrow at the front. These are by far the roomiest toe box flat shoes ive tried.

    Premier Icon crimsondynamo
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    Cheers, Tribes ordered. I’ll report back how I get on. They are very fairly priced.

    Premier Icon doomanic
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    How do the Tribes size up?

    Premier Icon crimsondynamo
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    I’m 46 in most shoes inc. 2FO but I do have NorthWave roady winder boots in a 47. The reviews say the Tribes are snug, so I ordered 47 in them too.

    Premier Icon doomanic
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    Thanks.

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    Tried a 2FO Roost yesterday and still not enough room in the toe box. Anyone know how the RC Hellion compares? Is that a wide or narrow shoe?

    How grippy is the Northwave sole? Anyone had theirs turn up yet to comment on fit or grip?

    Premier Icon BillOddie
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    Anyone know how the RC Hellion compares? Is that a wide or narrow shoe?

    As above I have wide hobbit feet and I also have the Hellion Elites and I would say that that they are quite wide.

    I’m a 44 in Shimano and went for a 44.5 in RC with the view that I would need a thicker waterproof sock in winter, if I buy another set for summer use then I would go down a 1/2 size.

    Premier Icon dlr
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    Looks like the Hellion only goes up to a 12 sadly. Tribe go a size bigger, number of reports that they rip at the laces though but I might risk a pair

    Premier Icon ballsofcottonwool
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    Barefoot shoes are great for flat pedal riding, despite not having sticky rubber soles still offer excellent grip and feel because the sole is so much thinner, you can get away with a much less aggressive pedal with shorter pins which is safer as well.

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    I do wonder if Altra shoes that are too tired for running might work with some catalyst pedals for support.

    Not much toe protection though.

    Premier Icon crimsondynamo
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    My 47 tribes arrived (I’m a 46 in everything elese). The fit has a broad forefoot (at least equal to the width of the old/wide 2FO). Toe box is almost square so genreous there too. I didn’t get excessive length by sizing up either.

    Not ridden in them yet so cant comment on grip, other than to say the soles are sticky to the touch like a box-fresh tyre, but that prob doesn’t mean much.

    One thing I do notice just walking around the house is that that uppers do feel quite quite flexy and unstructured, compared to the old 2FOs which were basically hard plastic. Again, yet to see how that plays out on the trail. I think on refelection that the heavier-duty Clans would have been more comparable to my previous sets of 2FOs, but I’ll see how I go with these tribes first. No harm in trying something a bit different, especially for £60.

    Premier Icon mudfish
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    I’d be interested to know how the Tribes seem to wear. Pedal feel and grip compared to 510.
    And the Clan? Anyone?
    Not only have 510 gone narrower but the quality seems down too. The uppers wear. The soles pretty soon start to delaminate the tacky layer, when / where the pins bite in. My 510 Freerider Contact Vxi we’re ok on wideness but have gone that way. (They are the ones with the untreaded area)
    I have “Vivo barefoot) shape feet (but would be scared to ride with no toe protection) and the SamHill 510 shoes fit me ok. They look like the old Impact style but are updated. More waterproof too. Well at least they dry ok and don’t have the old Impact “sponge” effect of doubling in weight after a few puddles.. I’ve not yet seen the sole start to delaminate on those.

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    My 47 tribes arrived (I’m a 46 in everything elese). The fit has a broad forefoot (at least equal to the width of the old/wide 2FO). Toe box is almost square so genreous there too. I didn’t get excessive length by sizing up either.

    Mine have arrived too. Like you, I’m a 46 in normal shoes and I’m wondering if I could have got away with 46s as the Tribes are nice and wide, unlike 5-10s.

    Not sure if I want to pay for next day delivery on the off chance though.

    Premier Icon crimsondynamo
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    Maiden voyage for the Tribes today. Pouring rain and drenched trails.

    Fit is excellent, grip is really poor compared to Specialized SlipNot 2nd gen compound/pattern. I have Burgtec Mk10 pedals which have prominent pins, but I was all over the shop today.

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    Grip wise, it does seem like Specialized SlipKnot and Ride Concepts DST4.0 are the only ones comparable to 5:10 stealth S1

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    I have Clans, with Deity Deftraps. I think based on a handful of rides they are as grippy as my Freerider Pros, despite the sole being harder to the touch.

    Certainly more supportive of the foot. I have 2fos also but they don’t seem to suit my arches, grip is good though.

    Premier Icon crimsondynamo
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    Tribes going to charity shop.

    Hellion Elites size 46 ordered.

    I’m so scunnered with this quest that if the Hellion Elites work out then I thik I’ll buy ten more pairs to see me out the rest of my days.

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    I’ve just sent some Hellion Elites back. No wider than the Impact Pro or Freerider Pro but they had a strange raised section on the lateral aspect of the midfoot. Like a shallow arch support on the outside edge of the foot. It just felt like that would be really uncomfortable after a long day in the saddle. Noticed it on two different pairs.

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    I rode my Tribes for the first time yesterday. Grip on Nukeproof Neutrons seemed good, but it wasn’t exactly a challenging route and it was over 25deg and sunny. They aren’t wet weather shoes though, so I’m not sure why you would buy them to use in the winter. I’ve got another ride tomorrow over more challenging terrain.

    Premier Icon crimsondynamo
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    I didnt buy the Tribes to wear in winter. I’ve just been in the habit of wearing the same pair of 2FO shoes all year round and haven’t ever perceived a change in grip in different conditions.


    @Onzadog
    , I have my own insoles so no worries there, but concerning that that you say they are no wider that 5:10 Pros. I was just going on BillOddie’s advice.

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    I think it must boil down to where they are, or aren’t wider.
    My big toe is in a straight line from the inside edge of my foot and the little toe is a line from the outside edge. My toes don’t taper in at all.

    I tried my Hallion with superfeet black inside but it still felt like my feet were being tipped inwards. However, when it comes to my feet, I’m very “princess and the pea” so you might have more luck than me.

    For reference, my feet are 270x102mm

    Premier Icon crimsondynamo
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    ok so it sounds like they have a wide forefoot but a narrower toe box. I’ll see how I get on.

    By the way its Burgtec Penthouse Mk5 I have, not mk10!

    Premier Icon doomanic
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    Another ride on the Tribes today. Very rocky and rough and they worked well. I had a couple of moments where I nearly lost the pedal but I suspect they were down to the set up of the hire bike rather than the shoes. When I needed to adjust my foot position I had to consciously unweight the pedal to do it.

    Ride Concepts shoes have been a revelation for me. So glad I tried some on on the off chance. I give them a look if you have a chance.

    Premier Icon crimsondynamo
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    Yeah the RC Hellion Elite 46 is no wider than 2FO Roost or 5:10 freerider pro. Too tight for me (284×115), so sending them back.

    Going by the other comments on this thread the Tribes are ok in the dry so I’ll hold onto them for summer use.

    I’m snookered in the wet though, maybe I need to return to spds.

    Premier Icon mudfish
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    Winter.
    5-10 SamHill Impacts (look like the original impacts but are updated and far more water resistant. The only 510s that fit my “Vivobarefoot) size feet.
    I use with Sealskinz.
    Or
    You COULD use the Vivobarefoot Tracker waterproof.

    Premier Icon mudfish
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    This
    https://www.scotbycycles.co.uk/products/five-ten-impact-sam-hill-mountain-biking-shoes?variant=32572785524820&currency=GBP&utm_medium=product_sync&utm_source=google&utm_content=sag_organic&utm_campaign=sag_organic&utm_campaign=brands&utm_source=google&utm_medium=product-ads&gclid=Cj0KCQjwqp-LBhDQARIsAO0a6aLhmkrysJvGIIV8h9-htQZnxo5Y0c8_mAzbVaYq_TSWpIfZ05ev41IaAsV2EALw_wcB
    They size quite small IMO. Especially when leaving room for Sealskinz with liner socks – or Thorr-Lo mountaineering socks.
    Plenty width and warm dry feet.
    Sealskinz do fail if the membrane is overstretched. The ones with a rubbery strip at the top are best at keeping water out.
    That combo works well for me in the Sussex Downs where there tends to be a lot of standing water.

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