Best Mountain Bike Gifts: Shoes

Holiday Gift Guide Shoes

Welcome to the Mtbr Holiday Gift Guide! In this economy, money is tight so you will want to be sure that you spend wisely. Our suggestions below are designed to save you time and let you know everything you need to about the different products on the market vying for your hard earned cash. Below is today’s list of top rated picks for mountain bike shoes, and be sure to head back to the Mtbr Holiday Gift Guide main page to see the rest of the gift suggestions to help you this holiday season.

Shoes are a very important piece of biking gear, the right ones can disappear on your feet and you never notice them. But, the wrong ones can cause you pain! The old saying, “you get what you pay for” is true, to a point. Premium shoes can cost upwards of $200, an anything under this can be considered a “budget” shoe (although there ARE options for sub $100 shoes as well.)


Some key features to look for (besides price) include the tightening mechanism (velcro straps vs. ratcheting buckles), weight, breathability and of course, fit. And let’s not forget that all important factor….style.

With that said, we have compiled this list of some of the hottest shoes on the market right now. We focus on the mid to high end shoes here, with a couple of non-SPD models at the bottom of the list (for you flat pedal riders out there). By price, we have the following:

Mavic Rush

The Mavic Rush was formerly known as the Razor, features the same racing DNA of the race winning Fury. The Rush offers toned down features for solid performance and reliable comfort on and off of the bike. Read Mavic Razor reviews here.

Key Features:
-Energy Grip Outsole
-Contagrip®
-Ergo Lite Ratchet

MSRP: $130.00

Website: http://www.mavic.com/

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elite

The Pearl Izumi ALP-X Elite is an excellent all around shoe, and excel in technical terrain, where durability and foot protection is a paramount necessity, and regular hike-a-bike adventures are the norm. The ratcheting buckle closure system is useful and comfortable. Complete write-up with specs, photos and product analysis here>>

Key Features:
-Durability
-Foot protection
-Comfort

MSRP: $150.00

Website: http://www.pearlizumi.com/

Specialized Rime

The Specialized Rime features the S2 Boa strap. The Boa fitment system provides a very snug fit which really needs to be felt to be appreciated. This is a solid All Mountain shoe. Specialized Rime photos and comments from Interbike here>>

Key Features:
-Vibram rubber outsole for unmatched traction and durability
-New S2 Boa® cartridge closure, with improved durability for dirt and ease of use.
-Durable synthetic upper is supple fitting with improved welded reinforcement to handle all mountain use

MSRP: $175.00

Website: http://specialized.com/

Giro Code

The Giro Code shoes are an impressive shoe, being comfortable, supportive and offering superb power, and plenty of useful and innovative features, such as the adjustable arch insole kit. Giro Code full review here>>

Key Features:
-Insole – Adjustable Arch Kit
-Stiff, Powerful and great feel
-Ratchet system

MSRP: $279.99

Website: http://www.giro.com

Lake MX331

The all new MX331 offers the first internal carbon fiber Thermaform heel counter. In conjunction with the side mounted BOA® Closure System the MX331 offers superior heel hold, while maintaining Lake’s legendary comfort and performance. Information of the new Lake MX331 from Interbike

Key Features:
-Upper: Klite Kangaroo leather and mesh.
-Closure: Side mounted BOA® Push/Pull Closure system with powerzone in the forefoot.
-Color: Black/Silver

MSRP: $360.00

Website: http://www.lakecycling.com/

Sidi Dragon 3

We have a full review of these brand new shoes from Italian manufacturer Sidi. The Dragon 3 is a high end shoe for the rider that doesn’t compromise. The sole is very comfortable and the shoe is formed to really hug your feet. Check the full evaluation, specs, photos and video in our Sidi Dragon 3 Review here>>

Key Features:
-great fit
-comfortable sole
-Carbon SRS Sole® with grippy, replaceable tread
-NEW Integrated Rubber Toe Guard®

MSRP: $449.99

Website: http://www.sidiamerica.com/

Teva Links

The Teva Links Freeride Mountain Bike shoe doesn’t look like a mountain bike shoe — and that is a great thing. Instead, it takes styling from skate shoes, with oodles of performance packed in for when you need it. Watch videos of the Teva links in action, plus more photos and info here.

Key Features:
-Our Spider365 Rubber sole will hold its grip in all kinds of environments
-Waterproof materials throughout the shoe make it easy to wash the mud off
-A rubberized grid over the toe area is a breathable armor that prevents abrasion or ripping

MSRP: $100.00

Website: http://www.teva.com

Five Ten Impact

The Five Ten Impacts have been around so long, they are the standard. With a grippy sole (important for finding those pedals after your double back flip!) the Impacts come in a low or high top version and look great! Read reviews on the Five Ten Impacts here.

Key Features:
-Reflective silver accents will pop for all those rock star photo shoots
-Action leather upper material for lightweight, all-season durability
-Stealth® S1™ outsoles for high friction and shock absorption

MSRP: $124.95

Website: http://fiveten.com/

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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