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Two mags have run reviews looking at the best mountain biking trail shoes on the market right now – and perennial faves Shimano come out on top.

Mavic’s Crossmax enduro comp shoe (£130), designed by race legends Jerome Clementz and Fabien Barel, impressed at What Mountain Bike mag.

mavic crossmax shoe review


Their trail shoe review gave them a four-star rating, praising the sure-footedness of the Contragrip outsoles.

But they were outshone by two offerings from Shimano.

The AM41 (£90), the flat-pedal version of Shimano’s clipless-compatible AM45 – has the same Marmite styling as its SPD brethren, but it’s substantially lighter and has a grippy, Vibram sole.

shimano am41 review

The mag gave them four-and-a-half out of five stars.

Top of the tree in both What MTB and Mountain Biking UK, though, were Shimano’s M089 ‘do-it-all’ shoes. At £84.99 they also scored MBUK’s ‘Best Value’ win.

shimano M089 shoes