Best shoe I've ever owned....nearly perfect
This is the best shoe I've ever owned and am very happy with it overall, it is not perfect but very close. It is very well built, solid in all respects, nearly as easy to walk in as normal hiking shoes and the Michelin sole offers great traction. I have approximately 20 All Mountain rides in these shoes and other than dirt are showing no wear.
The shoe fits to size but is quite roomy so do not upsize if you're looking for a little extra room, stick to size. There are three small criticisms that keep them from having five stars;
1) The rubberized caps that cover the BOA like dial readily fall off and are going to eventually be lost, they are not essential however are helpful in protecting the dial and keeping the muck out.
2) The Velcro strap is overly long but can be trimmed if needed.
3) The cleat channel is quite deep and until I added a thin spacer under the cleats really struggled with engagement.
23 August 2016
I like the design and reviews I have read about this shoe, but need a size recommendation. I am wearing a 47 in Pearl Izumi X-Alp and fluctuate between 12 and 12.5 US in running shoes, so unsure whether a 45 or 46 in the NW Euro Mid is best for me due to the toe and width. Your advice? Thanks in advance.
Couldn't even get the 45 on and toe contact with the 46. This is based on my experience trying them on at the Sea Otter. AMER riders be advised these shoes definitely run small. Definitely need a 47 which unfortunately NW does not produce. Bummer. I don't think a 47 is unreasonable and really wanted to buy this shoe.