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Shimano M162 SPD Shoes (discontinued)

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Nice all mountain spd shoe!

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The Good:

1. All mountain weight weenie shoe- they feel light! 2. Fit and finish are all Shimano- super nice 3. They are a great value at Vital's retail partners.
4. Sizing is spot on, since they use the Euro chart and it offers fractions of sizes.
5. The ratchet release is the best I've used.
6. Toe box is roomy, but not sloppy.
7. Heel retention is perfect!

The Bad:

1. The accents could have been black - fashion slave
2. White shoes make my feet look big and they aren't - that's what she said;)

Overall Review:

To preface this review I am coming off of the Mavic Alpine XL so #enduro. I went to this shoe since I wanted to lighten up my shoes without going to the ultra light and slippery carbon sole'd full on XC shoes that I've used in the past. I prefer a shoe that once I've unclipped or clipped out I can still hammer on the power and clip back in when I get the chance without feeling like my foot is gonna blow off the pedal as I rack myself on the top tube.

These are a GO TO shoe for riders looking for great trail shoes without the 1/2 lbs. weight penalty of the shoes offering big neoprene cuffs, some semi-flexible oversized sole, with vibram tread or some super budget offering with 3 velcro straps or dare I say LACES!! haha What I like are what everyone wants and that is a shoe that is upper end performance for $100ish and true to size so that you can order it online and not have to do so 2-3 times. Plus I've had Shimano before and never had a bad experience. I also have had a couple of three velcro closure shoes and this one with only two straps keeps the toe box snug and fitting properly for the entire ride. The online descriptions mentioned that these velcro closures are asymetrical or something super high tech, however let me redefine them as two regular velcro closures that work fine. The ratchet is smooth and simple by design with a super release. This easy to use ratchet closure in combination with the heel cup retain the foot really well in uphill efforts out of the saddle where pulling is needed to help climb.  Obviously they work without compromise on my Shimano pedals. They ride well, look good and are definitely the business.  Everything on this shoe works with gloves ON!

7/21/14 Now with 100+ rides more on them I to have a small rip in my left side ratchet strap.  It is only about 1/4 inch down from the top edge and does not affect how the shoe performs or fit.  I ride daily and run my gear pretty hard so I only expect a season out of the average shoe and I foresee getting all of that easily even with the small tear.  It may have been caused by an off the bike hike while camping, when I just wore my riding shoes instead of changing for the hike.  Shimano's new stuff is about to drop so these will drop again in price and still be a great value.  I've dropped a star to 3.5 instead of 4.5 due to the strap issue even though it hasn't affected the ride.

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Good shoes but durability issues

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The Good:

Good medium width, good heel hold due to cam buckle, reasonably stiff sole, good walking grip

The Bad:

The neoprene on both top strap began tearing after about a month of use, resulting in a less precise fit

Overall Review:

I really like these shoes. They can be had for under $100 online and are a good shoe for trail riding, striking a balance between an XC-style fit and friendly walking performance. The sole is stiff enough but has some give when walking around.

Unfortunately the neoprene on both top straps tore after about a month. The shoes are still usable but I need to crank the top strap quite a bit to get the fit I'd like, while the strap used to be more elastic right up against the ankle, making for a precise fit without the same tension.

Other than the top strap durability issue, these are great shoes, especially given the price. Unfortunately I would not buy another pair and will looking for something with similar performance but better longevity.

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Mine seem very narrow in the toe box... Actually got rid of them b/c of this alone. Otherwise a really nice offering from Shimano.

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I joined just to agree with this guy, I've owned these for almost a year, mine has torn at the top strap, that vinyl black bit you see in the picture, didn't take long to happen either. If it wasn't for that they'd still be in excellent condition.

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Product Shimano M162 SPD Shoes
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Miscellaneous M162 delivers incredible value! Buckle-closure shoes from competitors sell for $200+. These shoes delivery high-end features and fit at a great price. Compatible with cleats built to the Shimano SPD two-slot mounting patternSynthetic leather uppersInsole features shock-absoring EVA cushionTwo velcro straps, plus buckle closureCarbon-reinforced sole for stiffness and pedaling efficiency
Price $59.99
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