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Liam Mercer

Deputy Tech Editor here at off.road.cc Liam can also be found photographing bikes as well as riding them. He's not shy of an enduro here or there and he's equally happy in the winter slop as he is ripping up the summer's dust.

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3 months 3 weeks ago

I bought a pair a week ago, I found I had to size up and bought EU44 2/3 (UK 10) to fit my size 9 feet, they are not as wide fitting as Shimano flat shoes as I have two pairs of Shimano GR7'S, so onto the review, I've found the soles quite firm and not any more grippier than the Shimano's, the laces could definitely do with a band to tuck them into like Shimano GR7 have, they feel good quality and look it too, it takes a couple of minutes to put on as you need to squeeze you foot in carefully through the neoprene ankle collar but once in they are comfortable, now the crucial part after you have spent your money on buying these for the main feature of a gore lining and the claim of waterproofness, well after a very wet 45 minutes of riding my feet were soaked, and it started in around my toes, they also took ages to dry, I've tried them on muddy rides and whilst good after nearly two hours of mud and puddles my feet were damp although not wet, the good thing is your feet are still warm and when it's not wet but cold my feet stayed warm, but as for the claim of waterproofness they fall well short of the mark 

6 months 1 week ago

For me the real benefit isn't dry feet, it's dry boots. If you're riding every day (or twice a day as a commuter) not having to squelch into sopping wet shoes is important. I took to alternating shoes when I was commuting and these signs solve that issue. I also worry about what the constant soaking and drying cycle does to non waterproof shoes. 

I've owned mine since September but due to a combination of an op, injury, and COVID they still haven't seen a puddle. Hopefully that will change soon. Will be trying them for road riding too

6 months 3 weeks ago

I bought mine for commuting in rainy Glasgow and they're perfect for that.

Agree about the criticisms:
I went up half a size so I can get two pairs of sock in em to keep my feet warm., but that means thy're not sweaty in what we laughingly call "summer" here (the rain is marginally less cold).
The laces are REALLY thin (I'm surprised they haven't either snapped or cut through the shoes) and they really need a lace tidy because they're too long.

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