Flat pedals are still a popular choice, not only for pure-bred downhillers, but for many weekend warrior trail-hounds, too - folk who just like the comfort and freedom that big pin flat pedals and soft-sole bike sneakers give.
Adidas, with help from North Shore master and flat pedal lover Ritchey Schley, has created the Berm, a dedicated flat pedal shoe that give more than a passing nod to skateboard shoes in their styling.
We've no complaints about the look of the shoe, or indeed the fit, which is nice and snug thanks to a heavily padded tongue and reinforced ankle area. This feature also serves to stop you banging ankles on crank arms when you start adding style or just getting out of shape, and laces are kept out of harm's way with a Velcro strap. This isn't to all tastes, as trimming the laces is easier and reduces bulk. Grip is good, but not up to the levels of Stealth Rubber 5Tens.