Close but not quite
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Runs small narrow & no half sizes.
Not enough grip, the rubber is to hard, does not compare to 5/10 Stealth Rubber.
Nice shoes and I wanted to like them but the soles do not inspire confidence.
In 2 weeks I put about 350 miles on them thru all kinds of terrain. Old skool single track, new flow jump line trails, skatepark, downhill, commuting and a130 mile road/gravel ride. Anytime the trail got rough, went over drops and jumps or hit some gravel washboard I'd loose grip on the pedals.
Full suspension mtb Deity Decoy
Hardtail park/jump mtb Deity Decoy
Gravel road touring OneUp Components Composite
On the plus side.
They seem well made; no defects, not heavy and comfortable (although tight)
Good toe protection
Look good. I even played 18 in them, had to buy a shirt but no complaints about the shoes.
Lace holders are a nice touch.
Pedaling platform is fantastic. 130 mile ride and no foot cramps, fatigue or pain.
Felt bad about returning after so many miles. But after 4th of July holiday & a lot of riding I was thoroughly annoyed at the lack of grip. Rubber to pedal interface is the most important factor on a flat shoe and these don't have it.
Backcountry returned for store credit. THANK YOU
Ordered up a pair of Freerider Pros
This shoe does not have RC's stickiest rubber compound. They have other shoes with stickier rubber - DST 4.0. This has DST 6.0 which is not very sticky. Agreed on half sizes.
Which shoes do they use there stickiest compound on?
These do come in half sizes. For me the grip is as good as anything including my freerider contacts, if not better. Fit is certainly personal but I have to disagree about the grip. I think people write off anything not five ten without a real trial. They have a shallower feel when walking but riding that makes the shoe hug the top of your foot. Size up and ride them and you will love them.