O'Neal Trigger flat pedal shoes review£84.99

Protective mountain bike footwear

BikeRadar score4/5

Producing a flat pedal shoe that manages to place a tick in all the right boxes is no easy task. But thanks to the efforts from O’Neal, their Trigger shoe certainly comes close enough.

The high-top design offers some well-positioned ankle padding that, without being overly restrictive, provides a great bit of added protection against the knocks and bumps gravity orientated riding tends to cause.

The leather upper will more than happily take on the elements, doing a reasonable job of keeping your feet dry on wetter days and shrugging off any scuff related incidents with ease. 

When it comes to knocks, the toe box is surprisingly stout and will keep your toes protected should you stub your foot in a turn. We like the fact that O’Neal used reinforced lace eyelets, letting you wrench things up nice and tight without fear of damaging the shoe.

It was the sole that really blew us away though. The Honeyrubber waffle-like pattern really is super grippy, and O’Neal have found just about the right balance when it comes to the sole’s flexibility. 

Grip wise, the Trigger sits somewhere between the benchmark FiveTen Impact 2 and the Sombrio X-Float shoe. This means you stamp on the pedals and your feet aren’t going anywhere. 

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Rob Weaver

Technical Editor-in-Chief, UK
Rob started riding mountain bikes seriously in 1993 racing cross-country, though he quickly moved to downhill where he competed all over the world. He now spends most of his time riding trail bikes up and down hills. Occasionally he'll jump into an enduro race.
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 172cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Natural trails where the loam fills my shoes on each and every turn
  • Beer of Choice: Guinness

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