FIRST LOOK AND RIDE IMPRESSIONS: RIDE CONCEPTS 2022 SHOE LINE

RIDE CONCEPTS 2022

Ride Concepts has revamped its shoe line for 2022 by launching all new models and updating current favorites. We got our hands, or perhaps we should say feet, on their compelely new shoe the Tallac for some first ride impressions. With more clipless, flat, youth and women’s choices than ever, Ride Concepts has something for everyone short of cross country race footwear.

The all new Tallac is a flat pedal specific shoe with Rice Concept’s MAXX GRIP sole compound.

TALLAC FIRST RIDE IMPRESSIONS

We’ve had a few weeks in the new Tallac and the best way we can summarize the fit, feel and performance is that they remind us of a highly evolved Five Ten Impact shoe that put the brand on the map years ago – and we mean that as a serious compliment. Pedal grip from the MAXX GRIP compound outsole is superb on both sharp and less aggressive pedal designs. Sole stiffness strikes a nice blend of having enough flex to feel the pedals and support for long chattery descents.

Unlike those old Five Tens, the Tallacs feel light and agile. Weight comes in at 890 grams per pair in size 11 and they retail for $160. Toe and heel protection is excellent and has already fended off a few rock strikes. The heel cup it snug so if you’re one of those riders who likes to slip shoes on and off without tying, you’ll struggle for sure. The Cordura upper seems somewhat breathable but the jury is out until we get a few really hot rides under our belt and the same can be said for long term durability. Look for a long term review soon. See below for highlights from the rest of the 2022 line.

The Tallac is also offered with a BOa closure retailing for $190.

The ladies version of the Tallac is called the Flume. It has all the same features but comes in women’s specific sizes and different colors.

The men’s Tallac Clip is offered with both lace ($180) and Boa ($210) closure systems.

Ride Concept’s lightest shoe, The Hellion Elite has been upgraded with a premium recycled microfiber upper containing at least 30% recycled PET and an anti-bacterial mesh lining to improve breathability and comfort.

They are not new but it’s worth mentioning that RC’s high-volume offering for men include: Powerline, TNT and Transition. The TNT is a burly shoe that’s best suited for trail work, park building, etc. The Powerline is a mid-top flat for guys looking for a high-volume mountain and enduro option while the Transition is their men’s clip high-volume shoe. The women’s Transition is a high-volume option for the ladies.

 

For more information and details on the 2022 line please visit Ride Concepts website and look in the pages of Mountain Bike Action for a full long term review on the new Tallac.

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