Boyd

Boyd

Anywhere outdoors, but mostly Tetons

Boyd's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Climbing

Boyd

Boyd wrote a review of on October 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've probably only cycled ~300k in these shoes, but thus far I am seriously impressed. I can wear them around work without making clippy cloppy sounds (This may change as the tread wears down, but for now they don't make any more noise than a normal shoe, and we have hardwood floors in our hallways). They work way better than a normal shoe with cages as far as getting to and from work goes. And they look at least as good as a pair of Chuck Taylors, so they are fine anywhere outside of suits and oxfords territory. While they aren't an exceptionally wide shoe they do fit true to size, I typically wear a 10.5 and the 10.5 in these fit great, I simply lock lace them (as another reviewer suggested) and have had zero heal lift issues in anything short of serious (I'm talking bottom one or two gears on my CX bike) climbing.

Now for the downsides:
The are heavy compared to either a dedicated cycling shoe or a more traditional casual shoe. I still have no issues wearing these out to a bar for the evening or in to work every day, but I would not grab these to ride a century or to go on a 15 mile hike in.
They are also hot. Not really any different than your average skate shoes, but definitely more so than my Chucks or my dedicated cycling shoes.

All in all they are a great happy medium shoe for bike commuting, while they don't excel in any one area, they are a good balance between a cycling shoe and a casual shoe (all while looking way better with a pair of jeans than any traditional cycling shoe would). I'm thinking about picking up a non SPD compatible pair of Chrome shoes next time I feel a hole burning in my pocket because these just seem way more comfortable and durable than a pair of Chucks.

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Boyd wrote a review of on December 30, 2013

2 5

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

These shoes fit great, and initially they performed great, but after one season of regular use they absolutely fell apart. On both shoes they have started tearing just above where the leather upper meets the rubber part of the shoe. When I first noticed this I assumed that I had simply torn them hiking through a boulder field or crawling through caves, but they are torn in atleast 3 places on both shoes along the same seam.
The soles are still in great shape (usually the first thing to go on approach shoes) but the build quality on these is simply unacceptable. Time to start shopping for a replacement for next summer.

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Boyd wrote a review of on February 28, 2013

5 5

I will start out by saying that I have a fairly large dome. These do have a fairly large frame, but with the adjustable temples on these I don't see why they won't work for anyone with an averagish sized face.

I bought these primarily to wear while bootpacking/skinning in the Tetons and for this they work awesome, and thanks to the photochrome they even work for driving when it's sunny out. I haven't noticed any light leakage as mentioned in another review.

The first day I had them I did do a hike with the side shields on, then my second hike without them and it definitely made a difference. The wind was noticeable with the side shields on, by no means intrusive, but was nigh unbearable without them.

In summary, these are a great pair of mountaineering shades, I can't wait to try them out on the river and peakbagging this summer.

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