Gaerne G.Emma women's shoes £155

High-flying female-fit race slippers

BikeRadar score 4/5

This female-fit race shoe is a proper high-flier. Security and adjustability are both superb – the Velcro straps are backed with an extra rigid toothed fitting to avoid slippage and the ratchet has proved robust.

Two micro-adjust fittings allow for fine-tuning of the position of the ratchet strap. This features a floating padded cuff that spreads pressure to avoid hot-spots on the top of the foot while pushing the heel into the deep, rigid heel cup.

Chunky, wide-spaced tread gives great grip on rock and turf, though the lack of flex in the forefoot means you’ll want to fit half-height studs for safe purchase on mud. That high degree of stiffness does make for fantastic power transfer.

The semi-rigid upper construction means you’re connected to the bike and though minimal mesh sections mean reduced ventilation, this means the G.Emma keeps out the worst of the rain and mud.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

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