You can start the season knowing that your feet will be content on the trails without blowing your entire upgrade budget with the Louis Garneau Slate Men's Mountain Bike Shoe. Built with trickle-down technology from Garneau's top-tier models, the Slate's Ergo Grip 2 composite outsole and synthetic leather upper make it an ideal choice for several seasons of recreational trail riding with a race or two thrown in to test your development. We like that Garneau crafts its entire line with seamless uppers, delivering shoes that accommodate your foot shape without irritating seams. When you're pedaling hard to maintain speed through a grueling climb, the Slate's HRS-80 nylon outsole helps your heels stay locked in place so you don't lose power, while the offset hook-and-loop straps further help the cause. The ratcheting buckle allows you to make small adjustments to dial in the right fit, while the Ergo Grip 2 composite sole gives you reliable power transfer plus traction and grip for the times you need to hop off your bike and navigate impassable sections of trail on foot.