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Afton Keegan Flat Mountain Bike Shoe ReviewBest Flat Mountain Bike Shoe Review

  • Grip 70% 70%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 60% 60%
  • Protection 70% 70%
  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Breathability 50% 50%
  • Durability 90% 90%
  • Wet Weather Performance 80% 80%

Rubber Type: Intact Rubber

Rubber Pattern: Skate Style

Weight: 396.89g

Upper Material: Synthetic Leather

Price: 99.00

What We Like: Mono-directional shank makes for unbeatable rigidity on the bike and comfort off of it

What We Don’t: Less grippy than top picks

Another newcomer to the world of flat mountain bike shoes is Afton. The Afton Keegan aims to recapture the old school skate/bmx shoe comfort and feel while providing all of the technical features that modern day mountain bikers demand. And? In many ways, it does just that.

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  • Grip 90% 90%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 80% 80%
  • Protection 80% 80%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Breathability 70% 70%
  • Durability 100% 100%
  • Wet Weather Performance 100% 100%

Pros

Comfortable

Amazing Grip

Great in Wet Weather

Cons

Difficult to readjust on the pedals

Rubber Type: Michelin

Rubber Pattern: Full Tread

Weight: 365g

Upper Material: Synthetic Leather

Five Ten Freerider Pro

  • Grip 90% 90%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 90% 90%
  • Protection 80% 80%
  • Comfort 70% 70%
  • Breathability 50% 50%
  • Durability 90% 90%
  • Wet Weather Performance 90% 90%

Pros

Amazing grip without making it difficult to readjust foot position

Cons

Sole is too stiff for some riders

Rubber Type: Stealth S1

Rubber Pattern: Full Dot

Weight: 396.89g

Upper Material: Synthetic Leather

Shimano GR7

  • Grip 90% 90%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 80% 80%
  • Protection 80% 80%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Breathability 90% 90%
  • Durability 100% 100%
  • Wet Weather Performance 90% 90%

Pros

Comfortable

Amazing Grip

Great in Wet Weather

Very Breathable

Cons

Difficult to readjust on the pedals

Rubber Type: Michelin

Rubber Pattern: Full Tread

Weight: 396.9g

Upper Material: Perforated Synthetic with Mesh

Five Ten Freerider Contact

  • Grip 100% 100%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 80% 80%
  • Protection 70% 70%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Breathability 70% 70%
  • Durability 30% 30%
  • Wet Weather Performance 50% 50%

Pros

Unbeatable Grip

Easy to adjust feat

Comfortable

Cons

Worst in review durability

Rubber Type: Stealth Mi6

Rubber Pattern: Half Dot

Weight: 389.8g

Upper Material: Textile/Synthetic Leather

Five Ten Freerider

  • Grip 90% 90%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 50% 50%
  • Protection 50% 50%
  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Breathability 70% 70%
  • Durability 70% 70%
  • Wet Weather Performance 80% 80%

Pros

Amazing grip without making it difficult to readjust foot position

Cons

Not as durable as Freerider Pro

Sole lacks rigidity for maximum power transfer

Rubber Type: Stealth S1

Rubber Pattern: Full Dot

Weight: 418.15g

Upper Material: Suede/Mesh

Afton Keegan

  • Grip 70% 70%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 60% 60%
  • Protection 70% 70%
  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Breathability 50% 50%
  • Durability 90% 90%
  • Wet Weather Performance 80% 80%

Pros

Mono-directional shank makes for unbeatable rigidity on the bike and comfort off of it

Cons

Less grippy than top picks

Rubber Type: Intact Rubber

Rubber Pattern: Skate Style

Weight: 396.89g

Upper Material: Synthetic Leather

Five Ten Impact Pro

  • Grip 90% 90%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 100% 100%
  • Protection 90% 90%
  • Comfort 60% 60%
  • Breathability 30% 30%
  • Durability 90% 90%
  • Wet Weather Performance 90% 90%

Pros

Unbeatable power transfer and foot protection

Great grip on and off the bike

Cons

Sole is too stiff for some riders

Rubber Type: Stealth S1

Rubber Pattern: Multi Dot

Weight: 550g

Upper Material: Synthetic

Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch

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  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 90% 90%
  • Protection 80% 80%
  • Comfort 70% 70%
  • Breathability 70% 70%
  • Durability 100% 100%
  • Wet Weather Performance 30% 30%

Pros

Durable, Stiff

Great Foot Protection

Cons

Vibram rubber lacks grip

Rubber Type: Vibram Megagrip

Rubber Pattern: Full Dot

Weight: 406g

Upper Material: Bonded, Seamless

Giro Riddance

  • Grip 50% 50%
  • Rigidity and Power Transfer 90% 90%
  • Protection 80% 80%
  • Comfort 60% 60%
  • Breathability 80% 80%
  • Durability 80% 80%
  • Wet Weather Performance 30% 30%

Pros

Durable and Breathable

Cons

Vibram sole lacks grip

Rubber Type: Megagrip ISR

Rubber Pattern: Full Dot

Weight: 430g

Upper Material: Microfiber

Grip

Unlike Shimano and other brands who looked toward third-party companies to produce the rubber for their flat mountain bike shoes, Afton uses its own “Intact” rubber. This is backed up by a Vans style tread pattern with triangular indentations that cover the entirety of the sole.

The rubber itself is less grippy than that found on Shimano’s Michelin soles or the Five Ten Stealth rubber compound. However, it offers decent grip and we would take it any day over the Vibram Megagrip compound.

The tread pattern is where the Afton Keegan‘s sole goes right or wrong, depending on your taste. The tiny triangular holes allow traction pins to slot in but are large enough to offer them a bit of wiggle room. They are also shallow enough that you can more easily reposition your foot than you could on the Michelin or Five Ten Stealth full dot soles.

This all makes for a flat mountain bike shoe that has a very middle of the road grip. It is not bad, but we wouldn’t call it great. However, it strikes a good balance between allowing you to easily adjust your foot while still providing better grip than the Vibram soled shoes in our review.

Rigidity and Protection

This is where old school feel meets next-gen tech. The Afton Keegan uses a “mono-directional shank” in its sole. What this means is that it offers an unmatched combination of flexibility while walking and rigidity while pedaling. Off of the bike, you feel like you are in your trusty old skate shoes. On the bike, you don’t quite feel like you are wearing the Freerider Pro or Shimano GR9, but like you are wearing something stiffer than the base Freerider.

This is backed up by a reinforced toe box that helps make the Afton Keegan a very solid shoe for long days on tough trails where you need rigidity and protection, but also a flexible shoe that is great to walk around in on hike a bikes and even around town after the ride.

Comfort and Breathability

The mono-directional shank of the Afton Keegan makes it one of the most comfortable shoes in our review, both on the bike and off.  It is a bit tighter fitting than most, so you might plan to size up.

The Afton Keegan is about average in the breathability department, though neither terribly waterproof nor quick drying. This makes it a solid performer in both hot and cold weather, as long as things are mostly dry.

Durability

After grip, durability is the biggest question mark about a new rubber compound, and the Afton Keegan’s Intact rubber answered this question well. It even seemed to provide durability beyond what the slightly tackier Five Ten Stealth rubber offers.

The shoe’s upper is made of synthetic leather and gives no indication that it is any less durable than its sole.

Additional Features

There are no real external features to the Afton Keegan, but its shank technology makes up for this in spades.

The Bottom Line

The Afton Keegan is a welcome new addition to the world of flat mountain bike shoes. Its mono-directional shank provides a shoe that is extremely capable both on and off of the bike in terms of comfort and pedaling efficiency. Meanwhile, its sole strikes a great balance between grip and allowing riders to easily reposition their feet.

Finally, at $99 the Afton Keegan is an extremely viable alternative to the Five Ten Freerider, particularly for riders who want a longer lasting shoe and an easier time repositioning their feet on the pedals.

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