Most riders are looking to, well, ride their bikes. Hikers are, you guessed it, looking to hike. Yes, sometimes the two need to be combined. With the latest shoe launch from Specialized, called the Rime Flat, the shoes are intended for those who ride and hike, hike and ride, or find themselves going off the typical path.
The Rime‘s also feature a SlipNot™ ST rubber sole (ST for super tacky). This is intended to strike the perfect balance between flat pedal riding grip and stiffness. Within the Rime Flat is a specific feature where the forefoot tread section is flexible so it will articulate and adapt to steep terrain. This is really for the hiking and adventure side. Other features include a welded mesh TPU upper so there are no seams and Xpel hydrophobic mesh to wick moisture away.
Out of the box, we will be blunt in saying, that we really do not like the look of these shoes. Although we like the White Mountain colorway, we just felt that the shoe resembles a boxy style Sketchers. If style were not an object toward a purchase decision then you will likely be taken away by the fit. With loads of safety and comfort features for a rider (and the hike-a-biker), there is little to dislike at an affordable cost of $130 for a pair. Our test riders are eager to spend more time in these shoes and put them up to the test. We’ve been enjoying the 2FO DH Clip’s that use the SlipKnot and Xpel mesh that we can attest to both performing well. The Slipknot pattern locks to pins precisely so the ST version utilized on the Rime should obtain noticeable grip on flats pedals. The Xpel has helped us dry shoes faster than ever. This gets us back to riding quicker with happy (not wet) feet. There have been lots of shoes launched this week by some major brands (make sure to see our products test page) but you might want to keep your eyes on the Rime Flat if you like to spend time off the bike while on a journey.
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