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Specialized S-Works Recon Mountain Bike Shoe

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Why We Like The S-Works Recon Mountain Bike Shoe

The S-Works series consists of the most advanced biking gear from Specialized, and the S-Works Recon Mountain Bike Shoe achieves the level of mountain performance that cross-country racers demand. As a premier bike shoe, the S-Works Recon's carbon plate is the lightest, stiffest option that Specialized makes, and it's fine-tuned for transferring all your power to the pedal. The upper is made out of Dyneema mesh bonded between layers of four-way stretch and TPU for malleability in key areas and a formed fit. Extra room in the toebox provides better connectivity and overall comfort, while the PadLock heel counter locks your foot in place for a slip-proof feel.

Specialized also employed its scientifically tested Body Geometry to align your hip, knees, and feet for boosted power and reduced chance of injury. The footbed reduces hot spots by putting less pressure on nerves and arteries. A wedge underneath the footbed offers greater arch support, too. And for a little fashion with your function, Specialized added its custom S3 Boa dials; their CNC'd alloy dials add panache, precise micro-adjustments, and long-lasting durability. The titanium alloy cleat nuts rotate to position pedals and cleats with 5mm rearward.

  • Trail-tackling race shoe perfected for cross-country
  • Carbon plate is the lightest, stiffest plate from Specialized
  • Dyneema mesh upper bonded between layers of mesh and tough TPU
  • PadLock heel ensures a slip-proof fit for increased acceleration
  • Body Geometry aligns hip, knees, and feet for boosted power
  • Boa dials designed for on-the-fly micro-adjustments
  • SlipNot rubber toe and heel with 2-bolt cleat compatibility
  • Item #SCQ000A

Upper Material
Dyneema Mesh [heel] PadLock
Closure
Boa S3-Snap (CNC'd alloy)
Midsole
Body Geometry
Sole
carbon plate [heel, toe] SlipNot rubber [cleat nut] titanium alloy
Cleat Compatibility
2-bolt
Claimed Weight
9.5oz
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years
Activity
cross-country, trail

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>Rating: 5

Great shoe for me!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
45 reg
Height
5` 10"
Weight
180 lbs

After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to give these a try. Owned the past few versions and have been happy with them. They sure dont seem to work for some. I guess finding the right shoe is a bit like finding the right saddle. Love the fit, boa dials and looks! No issues!

>Rating: 2

Poor closure placement

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
41
Height
5` 10"
Weight
150 lbs

This is a great fitting shoe with, wider toe box and normal heel. However, the first BOA closure is placed too close to the ankle as others here have said. Also, the first BOA lace is not over any cushioning foam as are the other BOA laces. Most of the shoe tongue has some type of foam in it protecting your foot from direct lace pressure. That is except for the portion of the tongue closest to the ankle. Without anything to keep the first lace over the tongue foam the lace slides above the protective foam and onto the thinnest portion of the tongue that does little to distribute lace pressure (see picture). If you crank the BOA down with adequate pressure to keep your foot secure both the first BOA real and first lace cut into your foot/ankle. The longer you ride the more it hurts. Simple design mistake that should have been discovered in development.

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>Rating: 4

Very Comfortable...But...

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
45
Height
6` 2"
Weight
195 lbs

These are super comfortable out of the box if you have a wide forefoot and narrow heel, which I have. I went on a 45mile gravel ride after they arrived and am happy to report they were stiff on climbs and I had no slippage in the heel cup which has historically been a problem. If you're like me and hate breaking in new shoes, then I think you'll be happy. But... The problem with the upper on the Boa latch side is real. I ended up cutting the 1/8" or so strip of material which helped some. I didn't notice anything under normal riding conditions, but did feel it when walking. For my gravel shoes they are great, but if you wanted an MTB shoe that was comfy off of the bike then I'd look elsewhere.

>Rating: 5

Size is everything

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
46.0
Height
6` 2"
Weight
175 lbs

I have Ares in size 46.5, so naturally I got these in 46.5. They felt great at first, although they looked a little “clownish”. After a couple of weeks on my left foot I developed a rather nasty blister on that tibialis anterior tendon referred to in another comment. I’d used the shoes quite a lot and figured I was stuck with them. Not much else in my size to choose from either. I had a reason to be close enough to make a visit to the actual store and brought the shoes in with me. I was given the opportunity to trade for the same shoe in 46.0. That half size in reduction made all the difference in the world! Recently had one “disaster” where I blew the tire off the rim of my gravel bike and didn’t have a tube so I had to walk it out. Never thought about my feet. Just what’s going in the saddle bag for every ride going forward. These are well made shoes as you’d expect in an S-Works. The dials are super smooth. Stiff enough to transfer every bit of power you put in, yet pliable enough to walk through the C-store or restaurant. All without yelling “Look At ME!”

>Rating: 1

What a pain in the ant

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

I have happily worn out S-Works road and mtn bike shoes over the years as these fit my long elegant, low volume feet. I currently own 2 pairs of 2-works road shoes (I have a pair of the S-works blue feathers special edition and I swear I fly uphill like birds of a feather when I wear these beauties.) and 2 pairs of s-works mtn shoes including a gray pair of these shoes. Much of the last / fit is the same as the older pairs. The difference is the placement of the boa and top wrap. It is so high on my foot that it is painful and there is no breaking in plastic shoes. I have had blisters on my "tibialis anterior" (I had to looked up the name) also known as the tendon that runs from your shin to your foot. And, I don't even think about having to kneel to pray for my sins and change a flat tire as that high foot angle position will cut my foot off. I have a callus building on this area. Now, of course, I should clean any and all rock gardens and baubles going up and down, but there are times I fail and then make an excuse I want to take a photo and then have to walk a bit, and walking a bit in these is the hell I pay for fibbing about a photo instead of perfectly riding any given segment. These things may fit someone foot and not present this pain, but as I have happily worn s-works for many years, this is a change to the s-works design which is certainly not for the better. Can't recommend the shoe. Pictures, praying and fibbing do help all efforts.

Agree 100% - the ankles of these shoes are horrifically painful! Not able to break them in. Terrible design.

>Rating: 4

Don't Overtighten

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
41.5
Height
5` 8"
Weight
145 lbs

Let's get this out of the way; these things are super stiff and really do feel like they are transferring every little bit of power you put down directly into the cranks. The width seems to perfectly suit my particular feet which is nice but your mileage may vary. Let's get to the caveat...The top of the shoe near the front of the ankle can bite hard where the top boa hook is. It's clearly set too far back as evident from other reviewers running to the same issue as I am with that spot biting into the ankle if you flex your ankle forward too much, which will definitely happen if you hop off the bike for any amount of hike-a-bike or even stairs. You can alleviate most of this problem by leaving the boa dials a bit looser, and cross-lacing...not ideal but a workable solution. I'm on the fence for bringing these things bikepacking, but they would perform admirably in a single day race.

>Rating: 2

Look great but blistering my ankles

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
47
Height
6` 3"
Weight
185 lbs

They look and perform awesome but the top boa is positioned too high and dig into the front of my ankle causing blisters. The outside edge of the shoe also digs into the bottom of my ankle bone. Trying to get them to break in but am doubtful they will ever work for me.

I had the same problem. Trying to return them for some kind of credit. I feel bad to sell them barely used to someone else bc the design is so bad! My ankles are killing me. Also the balls of the feet feel odd like there’s a bump where there shouldn’t be.

>Rating: 3

Well made but didn't work for me

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

Light and stiff. Stiff may have been the issue that made me return them though. The heel cup on the outside of the right shoe put too much pressure on the smaller bones below my ankle. I tried putting them in the sun to soften them up and did 2-3 rides on them but they never broke in. Never had this problem with S-works or other Specialized shoes. Returned them on warranty.

>Rating: 5

Great shoe

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
42w
Height
5` 8"
Weight
142 lbs

I have these and the SWorks 7, however the recons so far are causing my some soreness after rides just inside the ankle on the left foot. I’m hoping the my will break in because I haven’t experienced this in the road version. Overall great shoes for mtb and gravel days with the high quality you can expect from sworks. The micro adjustable boa are great for on the fly adjustments.

>Rating: 5

Stiffest, Lightest shoe I've worn

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
45
Weight
190 lbs

Don't let the premium price scare you away. These shoes deliver! Let's talk fit for just a minute. These shoes lock you in! Double CNC'd Alloy Boas provide that slipper like fit that you expect from Specialized. PadLock heel locks you in. No heel slippage at all. The toe box is surprisingly roomy. I've worn shoes from other brands and the Recon is the roomiest toebox that I can recall. While the fit is amazing, it's the performance that really stood out. Stiff, uncompromising, Any other cliches that I can use? This is fast becoming my go-to shoe. I'm not a gravel rider, but seriously considering a gravel bike....just so I can wear this shoe more often! I'm thinking this might be the ultimate gravel shoe. Bottom line this is a great shoe for the enthusiast rider to World Cup Racers, the S-Works Recon delivers both comfort and no-compromise performance.

>Rating: 5

S-Works Recon

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
48
Height
6` 3"
Weight
208 lbs

Best MTB/Gravel shoe that I have ever used. Super light, stiff and incredibly comfortable. Also, unlike many other light off-road shoes, these actually have tread and rubber across the bottom of the shoe, so you can actually hike a bike without killing your self.

>Rating: 3

Form fitting but painful for some

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
46
Height
6` 3"
Weight
180 lbs

Fits like a glove and stiff. Although, the top boa buckle pulled right on the muscle/ligament that runs down the middle of my leg. Some say the tongue will 'break in' but this was breaking my foot before it broke in. I didn't overtighten the dials either. My other high end shoes has the boa dial positioned to the left of that muscle and have no pain with those. Might work for you, might not.

I've moved to MTB shoes for road as I like to be able to walk around at bathroom breaks and coffee shops. These are light and stiff and really good looking.

I agree the fit feels excellent and very secure but the top boa strap puts a lot of pressure and cuts in on the top of my foot when moving around on the bike during a ride. Long rides or races can be painful.