|Posted||28 Nov 2015|
|Cleat Compatibility||2 hole / MTB|
The Specialized Womens Motodiva MTB shoes are a satisfying combination of sturdy and tough-as-hell whilst looking sleek and understated so understated, in fact, that its very difficult to spot the Specialized logo lightly embossed on the side. Theyre great to stomp around in when off the bike, equally reassuring if you have to put your foot down amongst rocks and roots and sufficiently rubbery to repel water over most of their surface. That said, there is enough mesh and some strategically placed vents, that your feet dont get too clammy. The injection-moulded nylon composite outsole with rubber tread is flexible yet comfortable, but thick and rigid enough to offer decent pedalling efficiency.
Boa-system fastening which has proved popular on road shoes takes a bit of getting used to and Im not sure Id choose it over a more conventional laces/Velcro combo. I found that the shoes felt comfy and snug, but that there was always a slight wrinkle in the side of the shoe, where to refused to sit flat against the side of my foot. A different-shaped foot, and it might have been fine, but surely a shoe should be flexible enough to fit a variety of foot shapes?
It would also be handy if you could ready the + and symbols on the dial, as its too easy to wind it the wrong way when in a hurry. Lastly, as you slide your foot in, and the tongue rucks up, it can be a struggle reaching under the Boa fastening, to pull the tongue into place.
The advantage over laces is that the dial never loosened of its own accord, and stayed where I set it. How the dials perform over time, in filthy conditions, is yet to be decided but the dials are easily replaced if necessary according to Specialized. As well as the Boa dial-fastening, there are two Velcro straps which are a tried-and-tested solution. Overall, the shoes feel like they are built to last which you would hope for, given the price. I like the shaped footbed which is both comfortable and supportive.
The shoes look good, not flash, and the tab of reflective material on the heal is a nice touch which will help keep you safe on late-night finishes.
Be careful of deals that look too good to be true