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The Ion Rascal Mountain Bike Shoe is for those ready to charge over the whole mountain, who want the support and pedaling efficiency of a clipless shoe, with the look and tread of a flat. Built with SupTraction, the Rascal offers more than power transmission onto your pedal, it's designed to combine stiffness, lateral flex, and torsional control to prevent your foot from tilting on the pedal. The tread is constructed with specific zones for pedaling and hiking, ensuring the most control on the bike, and grip when you have to climb a bit.
The Rascal is constructed with a synthetic leather upper, and like its sibling, the Raid, it uses a lace up closure, however the Rascal is also reinforced with the SerpenTie hook and loop strap that helps you cinch down the upper with the perfect amount of support across your foot. The sides of the upper feature JetStream laser cut ventillation, to keep you from getting hot-foot, and mesh across the toe box. The toes are reinforced twice for ultimate protection and durability; they first see a burly strap of rubber across the front, for protection from impacts against big rocks and roots, and a secondary reinforcement strap with no-sew construction to protect from abrasion. Speaking of reinforcements, the ankle also features a hit of padding on the inside, so you're protected from unwieldy crank arms or your frame, in the event of a crash.
- Clipless shoes for freeride shenanigans
- Synthetic uppers support and shed mud
- SerpenTie strap dials in your fit
- Ankle pad protects from stray crank arms
- Reinforced toe cap keeps your little piggies safe
- SupTraction sole adds grip for hiking a bike
- 2-bolt MTB cleat compatible for clipping in
- JetStream laser cut ventilation for breathability
- Item #INB001N
- Q & A
Lightweight protective all mountain shoe
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
These shoes offer protection for your ankle and toes, but also have impressively low weight and good breathability. They are a gravity oriented shoe, intended for all-mountain, enduro, downhill, and bike-park style riding. That being said I actually had good luck using these shoes on normal trail rides too. I'd compare them to the Five Ten Kestrel or Giro Chamber but the Ion's are lighter and more breathable.
The sole is stiff enough to be efficient with pedaling but not too stiff for hike-a-bike missions. The outsole is pretty grippy as well. I found them to run true to size. I am about a 10.5 US and the 44.0 fits me well. If you have a wide foot these shoes may not be a good option.
I really like the ankle pad that protects your ankle from your crank arms and frame. The velcro strap keeps your laces from coming loose or snagging on things, and allows you to adjust the tension on the fly. I'm about 10 rides in and they have held up well as far as durability goes.