Your feet are one of three major contact points you have with your bike, and with a network of sensitive pressure points and nerve endings, it's imperative you find a great shoe and pedal combo for both your comfort and confidence when riding.
A common misconception is that MTB shoes are just fancy trainers, so why should we bother at all. In fact, there are many reasons why riding in a pair of shoes fit for the purpose of MTB is pretty important; they provide a closer fit, more protection, stiffness and sole support.
In mountain biking, you can choose to wear flat or SPD shoes and while SixSixOne offer both varieties, we've been testing out the highly acclaimed SixSixOne Filter Flat MTB Shoes.
SixSixOne Filter Flat MTB Shoes
These shoes were designed to cover all your riding needs but in a simple and casual finish. To the untrained eye, they look like a rather ordinary pair of trainers, but these shoes are surely not to be underestimated...
Constructed from a Durable synthetic upper material, the SixSixOne Filter Flat MTB shoes offer incredible stiffness for landings and improved power transfer. Despite the strong build, there's enough flex in the sole for deforming comfortably to your pedals, offering grip and a confidence-inspiring contact.
The design of the shoe itself is asymmetric with a raised profile which offers ankle protection and support. The toe edge is reinforced for impact and the tongue is totally breathable to help improve airflow.
SixSixOne Filter Flat MTB Shoes: Verdict
These shoes didn't win my heart at first sight. They're black, boxy looking and without anything much more than that, however, I was proven very wrong.
After the stiff bedding-in phase passed, which caused some pinching on the outer metatarsals, the Filter Flats began to feel like a comfortable extension of myself. The wide toe box area didn't cram my toes together, the additional protection was confidence-inspiring and the sensible placement of the reinforced eyelets around the top two lace-holes was welcomed.
Whilst they have a high-profile to accommodation ankle protection, I didn't feel my movement was restricted in any way. For roughly £70, these shoes are reasonably priced when compared with other branded flat shoes on the market as well, making them more affordable and a definite consideration when shopping for new shoes.
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