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Cross shoes: buckles or all-velcro

Old 08-28-10, 08:55 PM
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Cross shoes: buckles or all-velcro

I'm looking at replacing my old MTB shoes as I get into cross for this year and am wondering if people have problems with shoes with ratcheting buckles? Seems like they could get gunked up a bit with mud making shoes with only velcro straps for closure a little better. Or I could just be imagining it as a potential problem
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I don't think you'd have problems with them since they'd already be cinched up. Once the race is over, hose them off and they should be good-to-go. I use velcro fastener shoes, but I don't think they'd be any better than the other.
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It should not be a factor in your choice of shoes.
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Once I got a small pebble stuck in the ratcheting system after crashing in a sand pit and it wouldn't release. I had to wedge my foot out the hard way and perform surgery to get the damn thing out. That being said, I would not give up my Dominators.
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I like the ratchets because I can adjust my shoes while riding. Probably not going to come in handy during a cyclocross event, but since most of your riding is not in a race, it's a nice feature to have. I used to sometimes have problems with very sore feet after some rides. I realized that I was tightening my shoes too tight at the beginning. Now, I err on a bit loose and then tighten them up later in the ride if necessary.
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Go ratchets!
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I busted a ratchet shoe in a minor crash on the road once (slid out on mud at low speeds). So I'm tempted to say, even though I have no cross experience, avoid ratchets that aren't replaceable.

Now, I didn't bust the ratchet, I busted the strap. So, avoid shoes with a ratchet that doesn't have a replaceable strap and replaceable ratchet (they are out there, but they're the high end).
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I consider the ratchet to be a significant upgrade.. wouldn't want to race without it. I've had velcro (on admittedly cheaper shoes) come undone while riding, and have never had a problem with the ratchet.
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Neither. BOA is far superior IMO.
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