Product Review: Shimano XT pedals

June 11th, 2013 by in Product

I haven’t done a product review in a while, which is a good thing.  If it ain’t broke I don’t have to buy a new one, and hence don’t need to do a product review.
But midas well do a review on an item that most people use on their bikes… Pedals…. and a seat, but pedals is the review….

The specific pedals are the Shimano XT race clipless pedals.  I’ve used these pedals the last 2 years, with no issues whatsoever with them.  I do need to knock on wood…..

Like most shimano pedals, it has a very easily adjustable tension screw, done by an allen key, to allow for easier or harder tension to release your foot when you are falling..

The typical application is trail riding, and the pedals have never failed.  Usually its the operator, either not having the tension hard enough to have a foot come out going over a rock or log, but other than that they have performed flawlessly. The pedals have been ridden in a variety of conditions, from Hot dry rides at Dufferin forest, to Snow riding through mono cliffs, to mud at kalopore.

If you are in the market for a new set of pedals. I would recommend the Shimano XT pedals.  They have 2 versions, the Race and the Trail version.  The trail version is identical to the Race, only with larger platforms.

Either way you cannot go wrong with these pedals.

Rating: 4.75 out of 5 (Need room if I come across a better set of pedals, but it is very unlikely)

Cheap Fox Stuff

March 28th, 2013 by in Product

Anyone who hit up Aurora Action sports, this company bought them out, and thier inventory.
I haven’t ordered anything as of yet, but probably going to try and see.

Gear Review: 45NRTH WÖLVHAMMER Boot

January 25th, 2013 by in Product

This is the First Gear Review for the blog, so figured it would be good to review one of the newer items I’ve picked up for the winter riding season.  It really wouldn’t make sense to review a summer item such as a speedo or riding shorts… 

I’ll try and give the best information as possible so that if you do decide to pick up a pair of these boots that you would or wouldn’t be disappointed.

These boots are specific to winter riding, with their design, fuzzy insides and wind resistant toe etc.  If you did decide to use these for summer riding your foot would be swimming in sweat that is for sure.

The boot has a high top, for those instances where you decide to do an impact angel and need to stand back up in the deep snow.  There is a nice ankle strap to tighten up and prevent any snow from going down inside your boot which is a really nice feature.  If you do ride with Gaiters, on the toe of the boot there is a Gaiter hook for those knee deep snow banks etc.

The boot is also SPD compatible which is a great feature.  I’m running these boots with Crank Brothers pedals, just to allow the snow to fall through the pedal a lot easier than a Shimano or Time pedal.  It is very nice to still be able to clip in on winter rides.

The inside of the boot is just as nice as the exterior of the boot.  Inside the boot is almost a second riding shoe.  The shoe is nicely lined with a soft fur lining which is very comfortable… To tighten the shoe is a cinch lace, so pretty much pull the laces and slide the cinch-lock down and bobs your uncle. Under the shoe is a thick insole to prevent any cold from coming up through the cleats.  On our last ride when the temperatures were -18C ish, my feet were fine, almost sweating, and just wearing smart wool socks.

At the end of the day, the boots are costly, MSRP 325$, but if you plan on doing some winter riding these are more than perfect. If you can find something cheaper than that and in your size pick them up for sure.  My Shimano shoe size (45) matched exactly the same as the boot, and I have a little room to spare if I did want to put a larger sock on.


Would you buy this Product again: Yes, hopefully I wont have to though, cause they are pricey.
Positives: Warm, comfy, SPD compatible, pretty much everything.
Negatives: Price.

Score: 4.95 out of 5

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