How We Tested Mountain Bike Flat Shoes

By:
Jason Cronk
Review Editor
OutdoorGearLab

Last Updated:
Friday
April 20, 2018
Stealth rubber provides a secure connection to the pedals
Stealth rubber provides a secure connection to the pedals

When we test gear, everything is tested well beyond just an initial reaction. We strive to go above and beyond the conditions that our readers will put their gear through. For our Mountain Bike Flat Shoe Review, we rode our bikes, and we rode them a lot.

Best Mountain Bike Flat Shoe Review Lineup
Best Mountain Bike Flat Shoe Review Lineup

We tested all six shoes in a variety of conditions, from riding local neighborhood trails to launching scary features in big mountain bike parks. We rode long technical cross country loops and packed bikes and bodies into vans for roadside shuttle downhills.

During testing  we even crammed ourselves into ridiculous spaces for shuttle rides
During testing, we even crammed ourselves into ridiculous spaces for shuttle rides

The timing of our test process worked well with the change of seasons here in the high country; the shoes were ridden in late summer warmth and later in cold, wet, and snowy conditions.

Even though it looks beefy and potentially heavy  the Impacts came in lighter than expected
Even though it looks beefy and potentially heavy, the Impacts came in lighter than expected

We didn't take claimed weights for granted and weighed all of our test shoes on our own scale.
Like our review for riders looking to clipless technology in the Mountain Bike Shoe Review, this is an in-depth, comprehensive review of mountain bike flat shoes that will make your mountain bike shoe purchase decision a whole lot easier. During our testing, we even drew blood, so you don't have to.

With flat shoes and pedals  good habits are rewarded and bad habits are  well...
With flat shoes and pedals, good habits are rewarded and bad habits are, well...