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Well made, but with absolutely no weather protection.
on 25 March 2013
These shoes are very well made, I have done over 1000 miles with them now and they are holding up well. The fit is pretty tight and I really would like to go one bigger. They are long enough but very narrow. This isn't a problem I normally experience with 'normal' shoes. I had to wear them quite a bit to get them to 'expand' to get any comfort from them.
My gripe with the shoes is the weather protection. They do not advertise weather protection and they are clearly not meant to be 'cosy'. The problem is that every cycle my feet get absolutely freezing cold from the wind or rain. To say these shoes are not waterproof is an understatement. If it even looks like raining these shoes will be drenched by the end of the ride. I have dried them out every single time I have cycled in the wet. This is at least a testament to sturdy build quality that they have survived this.
Considering these are mountain bike shoes I just expect a little better on the weather protection front. I have mainly used them on road, I am not sure I would dare take them on any muddy UK paths!
I have tried these with Neoprene weather covers and they were a bit better but they are clearly designed for warmer climates than ours. I have also tried them with 'sealskinz' socks. Whilst the socks keep out the water, because of the tight fit my feet get cold from circulation getting reduced! Not the fault of the manufacturer at all but annoying for me nonetheless.
If you want a pair of cheap spd shoes for the warm weather then I 100% recommend these shoes, but bear in mind they are narrow. If you commute in all weather like I do - forget it. You need something warmer.