MTB xc Shoes recomendations

In the endless search for gains I’m after some new XC shoes (current shoes 10yrs old)

Mainly ride XC / mtb marathon so need to be comfortable
Don’t need them to be warm in the winter
Light rider (70kg)
For use with Crank Bro Egg Beaters pedals
Currently going down the weight saving rabbit hole so need to be light

There are too many choices on google so any recomendation?

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I really like my xc9s but it will come down to personal preference also on the width of fit.

XC9, XC7, VR90, Fizik X1.

Shimano, new shoes seem a bit tighter than the older ones. I use wide now, normal seems a bit tight compared to older shoes.

VR90, tight toe box, half size up.

Fizik seem fine, a bit larger than normal, but also narrower, so similar to half size up of Giro.

Another option, if you don’t need to walk. Shimano RX8. Gravel shoes, not as reinforced, but light.

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XC9’s seem to be a good bet, thanks :+1:

I had good previous experience with Shimano but as earlier post said the new models the toe box is not as wide as those from say 10 years ago. I currently use a pair of Bontrager XXX which are a good fit and very stiff. I’ve used them for longer races though as well as XCO type stuff and comfort is good. They’ve lasted well, standard insole is a bit thin so I swap it out with the Shimano one with extra arch support from my road shoes. Worth trying for size though to check fit or at least doing the home measuring thing they have on their site.

Just retired a pair of XC7s that lasted me 10k miles with lots of abuse. Brilliant shoe. I will either be getting another pair of those or the XC9s.

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Do NOT buy S-works Recon. The most uncomfortable shoe I’ve worn. When I finally got them comfortable enough to wear (soaking them and using a hair dryer to remold the heal), they hurt my feet after 2 hours.

I’m going back to Lake:

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I have both the RX8 and XC9. The XC9s run better because the external heel cup and boa config (loose top, tight middle) lets your foot move INSIDE the shoe. The RX8 let you walk a bit better because of the more compact/centric lug config under the shoe, making the shoe more tippy. I would rather walk in the RX8 than the XC9. The XC9 has more rubber (square area) under the shoes, so you can walk up boulders better. I would rather stand on a hill in the XC9. The RX8 takes toe covers a bit better. The RX8 has more support near the interior ankle.
Otherwise, they’re pretty comparable. Both are overly stiff north of the cleat. BOth use the same shoe shape (last). Both feel about the same overall.

Thanks, looks like I need find somewhere to see how they both fit.

Both are much lighter than my current 550g shoes so assuming the fit is OK I can save another 1lb :grin:

Have Giro Empire V90s.

Fit is nice but I really miss Boa dials. If you like laces, they are an option and tend to come up on discount fairly often.

Maybe check out the Bontrager XXX mtb shoes. I love their xxx road shoe and that is very light.

Just ordered a pair of Giro Techlace’s. They mix laces with Velcro and a Boa dial to, from what I’ve heard, create the perfect fit. I mainly bought them because I have narrow, low volume feet and I have heard that Giro run narrow. Very eager to try them out. They apparently come with 3 different insole styles for various foot arches.

Sworks XC? Most comfortable ive had (CX use)

I have a pair of the VR90s and although they work for me, they are incredibly narrow. I ordered my normal size and it was clownish trying to fit my feet in them, so I had to size up. I used to think I have narrow feet but Giro really put that to the test.

That said, they are awesome when I’m riding. I love lace-ups, since I have low volume feet I can actually get the shoe tight enough.

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