Best Gravel MTB shoes 2020

Best Gravel MTB shoes 2020

Let’s break down the 5 best Gravel / MTB shoes I could get my hands on!
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Chapter Break Down and Links to Shoes:

Gravel / MTB Bike shoe list:
-Purchases through these links helps keep the light on-
Specialized Recon 3.0: UK πŸ™
GIro Ventana: US: UK:
Fizik Terra Powerstrap x4:US: UK:
Giro Sector: US: UK πŸ™
Giro Privateer Lace: UK:

Chapter Breakdown:
0:00 Intro
1:38 Categories for Breakdown
1:59 Specialized Recon 3.0
4:26 Giro Venata
6:35 Fizik Terra Powerstrap x4
8:50 Giro Sector
11:03 Giro Privateer Lace
13:04 Dklein’s Top Pick

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Bicycle Saddle: UK:
Gravel Bike Tires: UK: Β―_(ツ)_/Β―
Gravel Tubeless Sealant: UK:
Bicycle Saddle Bag (waterproof) UK:
Cycling Computer UK:
Cycling Computer mount UK:
Cycling MTB Frame pump: UK:
Cycling Lights:(Trail 1000 and Vis 180 Pro)
Tubeless Tire Patch Kit UK:
Cycle Water Bottle Cage: UK:
Cycling Biodegradable Bottles: UK:
Elite Side mount bottle cage: UK:

β€”β€”β€”β€”Cycling Gear: Soft Goodsβ€”β€”β€”β€”
Cycling Helmet: UK:
Wind Vest / Gilet: UK:
Packable Cycling Rain Jacket UK:
Full Finger Cycling Gloves: UK:
Cycling Shorts UK:
Cycling Over Shorts:
Cycling shoes: UK:
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UK Camera List:
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Secret Mount
B Roll Camera
Studio Camera:
Studio Camera Mic

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Finally time to gather my thoughts on all the Gravel and MTB shoes I could get my hands on. Over the past several months I have put these cycling shoes through the paces. I came up with 5 categories to help determine the pros and cons of each clipless shoe. All of these MTB shoes work for gravel rides and vise versa. I hope this break down of cycling gear and cycling shoes is helpful for your next gravel bike ride!


  1. Owen Lattin on September 27, 2020 at 3:26 am

    The strap at the front of shoes are very nice when you have weird "tall" feet

    -someone with tall feet

  2. Brandon Warren on September 27, 2020 at 3:26 am

    Giro Republic R knit has been my go to for a summertime shoe….damn comfortable, stays cool 😎 and I dig the laces and knit look + the blue goes well with the navy Chris King bits….. There’s my 2 cents. Thanks for the reviews! πŸ‘

  3. benji b on September 27, 2020 at 3:27 am

    Bontagor also is good for wide feet. I can wear a 46 instead of a 47 in shimano.

  4. Jon Poon on September 27, 2020 at 3:27 am

    Laces look great, but trying to tie them with cold numb fingers on a cold bikepacking trip…

  5. Carlo Deslate on September 27, 2020 at 3:28 am

    Lake has great shoes for wide feet

  6. John Edwards on September 27, 2020 at 3:29 am

    Sweet video.
    Just pick up the Giro republic R knit. Aesthetics are 2nd to none and @ $100, I’m super stoked.

  7. Bernie Sutton on September 27, 2020 at 3:29 am


  8. Mike Dickinson on September 27, 2020 at 3:32 am

    The Fizik Terra X2 Clima is a great shoe for mountain and gravel in wet, dirty environments. Can recommend.

  9. Benny D. on September 27, 2020 at 3:32 am

    Thanks Dustin, thinking about overhauling my Mavic cx shoes

  10. Seth Beiden on September 27, 2020 at 3:34 am

    Camo Juice – shit yea buddy!

  11. Josh Oakley on September 27, 2020 at 3:34 am

    I actually do have a set of Shimano ME3’s and wide feet with narrow ankles, and I can vouch, they’re good wide-foot shoes. That being said, I wanna try those Giro Privateer Lace joints you featured for my next shoe. I agree with you on the look, and honestly I do prefer laces to the Shimano ratchet system.

  12. Kelly Maszk on September 27, 2020 at 3:36 am

    Giro’s HV – high volume works for those with wider feet. I have an older pair of Privateers in the HV – love ’em.

  13. Landon Things on September 27, 2020 at 3:37 am

    Just bought the Ventanas for an all around gravel, xc, commuter combo πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
    Thanks for making it easy with the review and links in the description, support!

  14. Jake Swift on September 27, 2020 at 3:37 am

    It’s Sidi eagle 10s for me.

  15. daAnder71 on September 27, 2020 at 3:38 am

    What is the difference between a gravel shoe and a regular MTB shoe or any SPD-compatible bike shoe with a sole you can walk on? The gravel shoe is labeled as such and therefore costs 50$ more, nothing else. B: If you want yor arms to look better, rather get some muscle on them insted of generic, boring, ubiquitous tatoos.

  16. targaW3007 on September 27, 2020 at 3:41 am

    Nice review bro, but I recommend the northwave rebel 2 in camo. They are super nice shoes and they look super cool too.

  17. Gwynn Lyell on September 27, 2020 at 3:42 am

    As usual, hilarious. I wrote a couple of weeks ago about my 15 year old Specialized, still solid, but they are showing a bit of wear, not the best for hike bike unless on nice supple loamy soil. Dustin you got me thinking about shoes. I kinda like those sexy Specialized… just something about them. Thanks for the fantastic videos.

  18. Simon Bucknell on September 27, 2020 at 3:44 am

    Great reviews, you should check out Quoc Pham… These have an amazing shoe ‘The Gran Tourer’

  19. Alex Kalish on September 27, 2020 at 3:44 am

    I ride Shimano XC5s, which are quite nice. They are better for wider feet. Lace up like the Privateers, with good grippy sole and quite affordable.

  20. Caleb Wills on September 27, 2020 at 3:47 am

    I have the 3 pairs of VR90s and they are almost perfect. For me, the more perfecter shoe is the Pearl X-Project Pro. They are stupid expensive, but they have lasted almost 4 years. I have done all of my ultra-endurance gravel and bike packing races in them. They are super easy to walk in. They are not as light as the VR90s but they are also much easier to get on and off, as well as adjust as your feet swell after many hours on the bike.

  21. Rich Ball on September 27, 2020 at 3:49 am


  22. Byron Stumman on September 27, 2020 at 3:50 am

    Have you ever tried DZR’s? For aesthetics they look crazy good I think. Urban, casual, walkable…it’s just so hard finding reviews on them.

  23. David Kopf on September 27, 2020 at 3:52 am

    Great video. Regarding your point about Shimano shoes, my experience with them has been a real mixed bag. My Shimano MTB shoes are beyond comfortable and hold up to all-day riding β€” absolutely love ’em. My Shimano road shoes are the cruelest of cruel shoes. The toebox is a torture chamber after about two to three hours. I’m probably going back to Specialized when it comes to road shoes.

  24. Matthew Lokken on September 27, 2020 at 3:52 am

    Shimano does fit my wide feet…confirmed! I wear a 12.5 US and a 47 EU in Shimano, for those who may be interested.

  25. Jon Poon on September 27, 2020 at 3:53 am

    About wide, Shimano and Lake have wide versions of their XC shoes

  26. unchewable1 on September 27, 2020 at 3:56 am

    I have the bont riots and they have wide and crazy wide options and are thermal molded at a great price point

  27. Sir Ybarra on September 27, 2020 at 3:56 am

    Giro also has a few wide options

  28. Tarik Hassan Dhenar on September 27, 2020 at 3:57 am


  29. SioLazer on September 27, 2020 at 3:58 am

    I LOVE my Giro Manta XCs. Wish I’d bought a second pair before they got disco’d.

  30. Zeb Amentas on September 27, 2020 at 3:59 am

    Great video!!!!!!!!

  31. Jon Poon on September 27, 2020 at 3:59 am

    That Sector looks decent for my off-road bikepacking needs

  32. Simon Guard on September 27, 2020 at 4:02 am

    Nice tip at the end, as an owner of Hobbit feet I need a shovel like girth, dam shame as love the Giro shoes but don’t make Hobbit fit.
    Thankyou from Blighty, marvellous presentation!

  33. Ricky on September 27, 2020 at 4:02 am

    Giro’s great. I rock the rumbles with laces πŸ‘

  34. John M Brown on September 27, 2020 at 4:02 am

    PI X-Project Pro! I know ShimaNO owns em but enough difference between the two. I have the same length and width feet as you. Too bad they didn’t participate (PI not your feet ! ) 🀣

  35. Alex Rodgers on September 27, 2020 at 4:02 am

    I’m so indecisive that I’ve been pushing on platforms for the last 6 months with old jogging shoes. Other cyclists hate it so much that I might never stop.

  36. Jake Freeland on September 27, 2020 at 4:02 am

    But are they Crocs?

  37. Speedbird on September 27, 2020 at 4:10 am

    I love Giro shoes. They’re the only ones that don’t make my feet go numb on long rides. I have the Giro Gauge — another lace up — very reasonably priced and a really solid shoe. Sidis are nice too, but pricey.

  38. enial100 on September 27, 2020 at 4:11 am

    Trying to pay attention to the shoes but got distracted because your glasses are so dope! What brand are they?

  39. Dustin Klein on September 27, 2020 at 4:11 am

    What should I "Breakdown" next?

  40. Benjamin Photography on September 27, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Said it once, but I love the Privateers. A simple, comfortable and affordable shoe with that classic look. Also have the road version of the Fiziks and fell in love with their weird look. The upper is quite sensitive though.

  41. Rindo Rob on September 27, 2020 at 4:14 am

    As for Shimano, my 2 cents on it being someone with very wide feet, I find Shimano standard shoe sizes still far too narrow. With their "wide" option being still just a hair too long but with correct width.
    As in wearing a size 45 wide it is a bit too long but correct width, yet a size 44.5 is correct length but not wide enough.

    The solution for me has been custom molding insoles Shimano sells that you heat to shape. Basically going the correct shoe width and then using the insole too correctly adjust the fit.

    Historically the only shoes I’ve ever been able to find that 100% fit my feet correctly have been Bont shoes that allow you to mold the entire base of the shoe to your foot.

    Just my two cents on the matter with currently Shimano CX7 shoes.

  42. Phil Tomlinson on September 27, 2020 at 4:15 am

    Totally agree on Shimano being best for wide feet, and also laces for aesthetics.
    Check out the Shimano XC5’s, very comfortable, light, not too expensive…… and with laces. Although, I think the new model might have gone to boa.

  43. Michael Stark on September 27, 2020 at 4:15 am

    What’s people’s opinion on luck shoes ?

  44. TAKE A RIDE WITH ME on September 27, 2020 at 4:17 am

    Adidas Samba OG $50 in 1985 $50 in 2020…DO IT! …and your always ready for some indoor soccer if thats still a thing

  45. mike kunnecke on September 27, 2020 at 4:18 am

    I’ve nuttin’ aginst gravel shoes. I just prefer leather or canvas

  46. Doug Busack on September 27, 2020 at 4:18 am

    I really like the Lake fit process. I haven’t rode with them yet, but I measured my foot on a piece of paper, plugged it into Lake’s calculator, and it told me what size and last to look for. I got the MX238 wide, and wearing them around the house, they fit like a glove! Dual Boa, lots of tread, and hopefully work well on the bike. Haven’t put them through the paces yet, as I’m still finishing my bike build. Thanks for the video!

  47. Florimondable on September 27, 2020 at 4:20 am

    Why mtb/gravel shoes are so heavy ? πŸ™

  48. Harvey Kramer on September 27, 2020 at 4:20 am

    Shoes r personal…i have EEEE so shimano or sidi …find shimano fit and good performance…good point at the end…fyi have had shimano wide cross shoes fit like slippers …new wide model only comes in black but 100% recommend

  49. Bo Kristensen on September 27, 2020 at 4:21 am

    If they brought in some old school ACG aesthetics, it would be take-my-money-o’clock.

  50. glbernini0 on September 27, 2020 at 4:22 am

    Why do laces look cool?