We intend to completely map a cycleway of about 160 kilometers for openstreetmap.org as a single day trip. That’s quite a distance, as the usual trips are no longer than 80 kilometers. Since a german magazine reviewed a couple of cycling shoes (available online as a portable document format download), I’m lurking around. Finally I found the Scott Trail Boa online at the Amazon marketplace. I had good luck, as the dealer offered the size I needed for 90€ “only”.
This shoe is available with traditional laces, or with a innovative locking system by Boa Technologies. As the abovementioned review states, the Scott Trail with traditional laces is a bit fiddly to handle. The same shoe with the boa lock, however, is really convenient – just turn the dial to tighten and pull the dial to untighten the laces. That’s it.
I got the shoes today, but left the office late, so I had no chance for a comprehensive test. I just mounted the cleats and tried to get comfortable with Shimano’s SPD system abusing a nearby parking lot. Frankly, I should have tried biking shoes earlier, especially before my recent trip to the baltic sea. Anyway, I’m eagerly and couriously awaiting the next sunday and hope the weather conditions will be fine for a first test ride.