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Old 05-18-08, 11:43 AM   #1
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Are these shoes good value / good for touring ?

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...Shoe%20Savings

or should I stick with something like the "Roam" found here:

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...Shoe%20Savings

I have some older roam's and I love them, but I wonder if the others are worth the extra cash. Are the straps much better than laces?

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Old 05-18-08, 12:04 PM   #2
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Both seem very good value, and will probably do for light touring. I find that for the kind of touring I do, a boot works best. They give lots of support, stick to just about everything and are waterproof. I also have weak ankles, so they keep me from hurting myself.

The pair I'm using right now are from MEC

They are suprisingly easy to get on and off as the laces have pull-aways on the upper boot. I stealth camp, so I have to be ready for anything. If you have support on your tour, or credit card tour, something much lighter might work.
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I'd stick with the roams if you like them. They will be way more comfortable to walk around in, a big plus for touring.
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Go to a few bike shops and try shoes on. Cycling shoes should fit like a glove, and sending shoes back and forth by mail is expensive, time consuming and frustrating.

Lake makes some good moderately priced shoes,as does Shimano. I like Sidi.
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I would have been curious to see the bottoms of the shoes on that first link.

Personally, I don't like laces on my biking shoes.
I also don't like clip-in shoes for touring.
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I would have been curious to see the bottoms of the shoes on that first link.

Personally, I don't like laces on my biking shoes.
I also don't like clip-in shoes for touring.
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For touring I use platform pedals with a little plastic strapless (ATB) clip that just keeps your foot from slipping off the pedal when standing. I use quality non-cycling hiking shoes or boots.
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I agree on the Roams for touring, the first ones look like more of a performance shoe hence stiffer and harder to walk in.

Gotta have my SPDs, tried platforms with plastic toe clips and don't like them at all but then I do have neuropathy in my legs so SPDs keep my feet in position better. It's kind of like I feel weird if I drive without a seat belt on after all these years, same feeling without SPDs.
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These Shimanos have been good for me on long tours.
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...untain%20Shoes
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