The Montana XT3 mountain shoes sport a score of great features such as a removable Power Blade system for perfect stiffness when used and max coolness when removed, dual density crampons for both rigidity and traction, and crazy flexibility at the toe area for easy running off the bike. Ratchet and strap combination closure, HRS-80 heel technology, and mixed synthetic leather/mesh upper bring killer support and amazing fit, and an overall A+ for the most demanding rider.
T-FLEX POWER BLADE reinforced nylon outsole provides maximum stiffness and, when removed, allows cooling and ventilation
Dual density crampons offer both rigidity and traction and allow for better mud evacuation
T-FLEX technology provides flexibility at the toe area for easy running and reduced heel pressure
Removable crampons under toe cup
Lateral and vertical positioning ratchet gives support for various types of forefoot pedaling
Ratchet reinforcement: Provides 100% protection in any position
Main strap lateral adjustment system: Multiple placement for any forefoot positioning
HRS-80 for cutting-edge heel support
Synthetic leather and mesh upper for breathable support
Comments about Louis Garneau Montana XT3 Mountain Shoes:
I was looking for my first clipless shoe/pedal combo for my road bike, and had a budget of $200. I decided I wanted the stiffest mountain shoe I could afford, for walking versatility without sacrificing performance. Paired these shoes with shimano m530 pedals because 1) added stiffness/support from the pedals 2) double sided entry 3) until I hit my ideal body weight I'm not going to worry about an extra couple of grams.
Tried these shoes on at my local bike shop, they fit very well, are comfortable, easy to adjust, and are plenty stiff for me (although I was wearing tennis sneakers and toe clips before). After a few hundred miles, including short commutes, and several longer group rides, I still love them! I would definitely recommend these to anyone as great first shoes, and mountain shoes are much more practical than road shoes for my purposes. At some point when I can afford it I may upgrade to $300+ SIDIs or something high end like that, but until then these are great.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend