You can start the season knowing that your feet will be content on the trails without blowing your entire upgrade budget with the Louis Garneau Slate Men's Mountain Bike Shoe. Built with trickle-down technology from Garneau's top-tier models, the Slate's Ergo Grip 2 composite outsole and synthetic leather upper make it an ideal choice for several seasons of recreational trail riding with a race or two thrown in to test your development.
We like that Garneau crafts its entire line with seamless uppers, delivering shoes that accommodate your foot shape without irritating seams. When you're pedaling hard to maintain speed through a grueling climb, the Slate's HRS-80 nylon outsole helps your heels stay locked in place so you don't lose power, while the offset hook-and-loop straps further help the cause. The ratcheting buckle allows you to make small adjustments to dial in the right fit, while the Ergo Grip 2 composite sole gives you reliable power transfer plus traction and grip for the times you need to hop off your bike and navigate impassable sections of trail on foot.
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Great shoes but cleat position wasn't fo
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
To start off, I have a foot that makes it nearly impossible to buy shoes. So, I made a mass purchase of shoes from Competitive Cyclist here and had a shoe trying-on party in my living room. Out of all of the shoes that I tried, the Garneau Slates were by far the most comfortable. After walking around my house for a good hour, I committed to them and mounted my SPD cleats. However, this is where the love affair ended. My first ride (20 miler on gravel) required two stops for cleat adjustments, no big deal, but I still felt the cleat was positioned too far forward. After the ride my left knee was in a lot of pain so I popped some Advil and settled in my garage for some cleat adjustment work. My next ride (18 miler, mixed pavement and gravel) I still felt the cleats were too far forward. My knee pain also returned so I decided that these shoes were not for me.
Again, I caveat this entire review with the fact that my foot shape is a train wreck. These are really great shoes, well built, look awesome and are really comfortable. However, if you prefer your cleats farther back you might look elsewhere.