For way too long, XC oriented mountain bike shoes have utilized nylon lugged outsoles. Although fine for competition, they’re pretty lousy anytime you actually have to walk around. Fortunately Fizik choose to go with a rubber outsole on the value oriented M6B Uomo shoes, making them useful for the majority of riders; because let’s face it, even racer dudes want to be able to walk down a set of stairs without slapping the ground.
Considering the shoes come in at the $150 price point, it makes a lot of sense – let the top of the line race-day-only models keep their silly light specs. I’ll take usable any day, especially considering the M6B only weighs 29 grams more than the pricer (but admittedly sexier) M3B race model.
Rubber outsoles also make clipping back in considerably easier, making the Uomos suitable for trail riding, gravel riding, commuting or any genre of riding.
Our sample model shoes arrived just in time for winter here, and with the ample mesh ventilation, it’s far too cold to actually wear these shoes. Come summer, the mesh ventilation will be a welcome feature, as well as the Boa L5 Bridge adjustable closure system. This will be my first foray into running an MTB shoe with the Boa closures, though I’m already a fan, as I’ve been rocking them for a few seasons on my snowboard boots.
The Uomo comes in two addition color options, but our pick, black and gray, will match all of the kits, which is nice, because the M6B looks great in person.
- Materials: Reinforced Microtex/
- Nylon Mesh / Reflective PU
- Outsole: Rubber Outsole / Carbon Reinforced Midsole
- Closure system: Boa L5 Bridge/ Welded Microtex Straps
- Insole: fi’zi:k cycling insole
- Listed weight: 385 g (size 42,5)
- MSRP $150
We’ll have our review posted after we’ve had the opportunity to log some miles. Check out the Fizik M6B Uomo shoes at Fizik.com. If you’re a Portland local, you can also peep them at Western Bikeworks.