Magic boots.

The thought of a crisp post-race (or just post-ride) lager can help you get through the last half hour of a long day on virgin singletrack, but if you blow all your bills on shoes you’ll just have to deal with water, which is no fun. Scott’s Elite BOA Men’s Shoes strike a balance between power and price, though, so you can ride hard and still have a few bucks left over for a drink and a snack.

The savings come primarily from the nylon and fiberglass soles, which replace carbon to save a few bucks without much change in stiffness, but the rest of the shoe is as sleek and comfortable as Scott’s highest-end boots. An upper made from 3D nylon and microfiber supports your foot and stays super breathable, and the removable Adjustable ErgoLogic insole can be tweaked to fit every arch. To prevent foot slippage, Scott combined a BOA closure with a hook-and-loop toe strap, and finished it off with a Sticki rubber sole for killer grip on steep hike-a-bikes.

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Excellent, but fit off for me

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

I wanted to like this shoe. The construction is top notch and the boa system is cool, but ultimately had to return because of fit. The ankle area was too high and too far back for me due to the boa spool and cut into my ankle bones. Excellent shoe if it fits.