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Some days you feel like going for a nice, relaxing trail ride. Other days call for a brutal, no-mercy hammer-fest. For the former, we recommend the Louis Garneau Montana XT3 Shoe. We also recommend the Montana for the latter. The Montana adapts to the type of riding you want to do with its removable Power Blade feature, which allows you to change the stiffness of the Montana on a whim. It's surprising to find innovation like that in a shoe at this price point. As it turns out, the Montana is full of surprises.

The first thing you notice about the Montana XT3 Shoe is its sleek styling and overall tough look. That's partially due to good design and partially due to the durable, high-quality materials used in the Monatana's construction. The synthetic leather upper will stand up to years of abuse, and the extensive labyrinth of open mesh ventilation keeps your foot dry and comfortable. With the stiffening Power Blade removed, the Montana's reinforced nylon T-FLEX outsole allows cooling air to flow into the shoe from underneath, as well. Garneau even uses its proprietary ventilated insoles to help keep your feet cool and dry in warm weather.

Montana XT3 Shoes are secured by two hook-and-loop straps and a ratchet strap. The main, decentered, hook-and-loop strap is angled to provide effective heel support and help reduce friction, which causes blisters. The Montana also employs Garneau's HRS-80 heel retention system to the same ends. The smaller strap near the toes fastens to the outside of the foot per usual; it secures the forefoot and allows you to dial in the fit.

Garneau made sure that the Montana could never be accused of falling short in the innovative ideas department. Dual-density crampons maximize traction when you're off the bike, and can also be removed if you prefer. A main strap lateral adjustment system allows you to customize the feel of the shoe at the forefoot, and an EVA midsole adds comfort by adding cushion and absorbing vibration. Finally, Garneau added reflective elements to make you more visible on the evening ride home.

Louis Garneau Montana XT3 Men's Shoes are compatible with two-bolt pedal cleat designs. They come in whole sizes from 36 through 50. They're Black.

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4 5

Good for wide feet

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 185 lbs

My husband has a fairly wide forefoot, and these are adequate for the job. His only complaint is that they either a little too wide, or the lugs are preventing him from adjusting his cleats enough. He gets a bit of rubbing on his XX1 cranks if his feet aren't 100 square to the pedals.

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In Pearl Izumi mens MTB I wear 41.5 and have a little room. Women's trail shoes I wear 10. Never wear socks (eewww). What size would you recommend, 41 or 42?

5 5

Comfortable, stiff mt shoe for road bike

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Wanted as stiff of a mt shoe as possible for road biking while on a budget (under $200 total for shoes and pedals). Went for mt shoes because I wanted walkability. I tried these on at my LBS and I'm happy I did because I would have ordered a size that would have been much too large for me using online calculations alone. First ride I cinched them up way too tight (I'm a skier) and my feet were cramped and unhappy. Second, longer ride I adjusted the ratchet strap first (since that's the one that really matters) then barely fastened the velcro straps and everything was much much better. I hardly noticed I was wearing them.

Very comfortable, plenty stiff, highly recommended. I do, however, recommend trying shoes on at a shop before you buy these or any other cycling shoes, as feet are funny and getting the right fit matters most.

4 5

Good three-season shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This is an outstanding, relatively lightweight shoe for spring, summer and fall. When the temperature drops below 50*, you, or at least I, need either a different shoe or a shoe cover. I chose the latter, as it is a cheaper alternative. Also, if your ride takes you through water on a consistent basis this might not be the shoe for you, as the top is just a thin mesh layer that water passes through with ease. To "mitigate" this, there is a plate on the bottom of the shoe you can remove which ostensibly is for water drainage, but the benefits are negligible. They are pretty good in hike-a-bike situations; not overly slick like some of the superlight shoes out there. Bottom line, I like the shoe, the performance is solid, it's good looking, and since I live in an area where winter comes and goes in a flash, it's the perfect shoe for me. Four stars for this one! BTW, $119 is a steal...