One of the decisions that most costs the bikers is to choose the type of shoes which want to take during its MTB routes, but how we choose our MTB shoes? There are many newaspects which we must assess before purchasing our MTB shoes:
Frequency of use
Budget we have
Physical appearance (model, color…)
Comfort of the shoe
Type of modality that we practice
Taking into account the widespread which is in the use of automatic pedals MTB World, in this article we will focus on this type of footwear. It is important to remember that the use of pedals, our bicycle assumes, inter alia, an improvement of our efficiency and safety of pedaling according to automotiveqna.
Most important aspects to take into account when choosing our new MTB shoes.
Discipline Or Type Of MTB Practised
Depending on the discipline of mountain biking that we practice we will have to choose one type or another of shoe, since the characteristics of each model vary and adapt to different uses.
XC / MARATHON:
This type of footwear is characterized by offering a good fit to the foot to achieve greater efficiency of pedaling, being this safer and more using the energy that we transmit during the pedal stroke. In this aspect it also helps the stiffness of the sole that offers this type of shoes and preventing energy losses. Features:
Lock type boa or ratchet to get greater attachment and adjust the walk.
Clothing in lightweight materials (carbon, Graphene, resin,…).
All Mountain / Trail:
This type of sneakers resembles in some respects to the footwear used for mountaineering practice, since it is adapted to be able to walk for some sections. Features:
Rigid and ready made sole in rubber or soft resins.
Comfort and adaptability to the terrain (lets walk by mountain).
DH / Descent:
These are characterized by a great comfort, therefore offer a lower setting and subject to the foot to allow the manoeuvres of this discipline. They do not usually wear anchors for the installation of coves. The sole is usually rubber and flexible.
The size of the shoe will go according to each manufacturer, is not always fulfilled the habit of choosing a number more than that used in street footwear, since the carvings that each manufacturer offers vary. It is important that, when we try the shoes, we are sure your comfort and the size. If you choose a size that is going small will cause us injuries in areas such as the tips of the fingers (redness or purple due to the movement of the foot during the pedal). If on the contrary we choose one size larger than we should use, the attachment of the foot will not be correct.
There Are Different Types Of Sealing And Trimming Of MTB Shoes:
Velcro: is the oldest system. It offers a half walk our grip. It is the most economical system.
Ratchet: offers extra grip for the foot. It is often combined with closures for velcro or type boa.
BOA: is the most advanced of the three types. It offers a high degree of restraint and adjust the walk. The operation is based on a string of nylon that fastens the instep of the shoe and it will fit through a thread, which offers the possibility to adjust the tension of the string. Its price is the highest.
The materials and designs of MTB shoes vary depending on weather conditions for which they are designed.
Times spring / summer: characterized by being manufactured in breathable materials and allow the evacuation of heat. They tend to be lighter and dark colors are avoided.
Winter times: frequently find fabrics such as GoreTex, the Windproof… allowing some insulation from humidity and low temperatures. They are designs boot type (high shank) for greater protection.
At The Time That You Have To Choose A MTB Shoes Recalls That:
To avoid pain, blisters, scratches… our shoe size must be correct.
Whenever we acquire new sneakers we must measure the stature of our feet, since this may have changed. Remember to take this measurement at the end of the day and the type of sock that you will use.
Don’t forget to assess the following aspects:
Durability and warranty of the product.
Use that we’re going to give (MTB discipline).
Frequency of use.