O’Neal Session clipless shoes review

Comfy, weatherproof MTB shoes

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£100.00 RRP
O’Neal's Session clipless shoes

Our review

Comfy, with some great features for UK riders, but they feel a bit lethargic when putting the power down
Buy if, You want a pair of comfy clipless shoes for mountain biking
Pros: Comfortable, highly tactile and weatherproof clipless gravity shoes
Cons: Soft feel when pedalling; sizing is on the large side
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If you want comfortable shoes with loads of pedal feel and decent weather/loam protection, O’Neal’s new Sessions are really good. But they’re not so great if you want the serious start snap and power delivery hinted at by the Boa-style dial closure on the side.

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The fit of the reinforced toe is wide and the whole shoe is relatively loose for a given size. While the tensioning dial and cross strap can be used to tighten things up considerably, I’d suggest you size down for a snug fit.

The upper shrugs off puddle splashes and there’s a neoprene ankle collar to stop water and roost getting into your socks. That’s ideal for colder UK riding conditions, but they do get hot on those rare warm days.

Down below, the soft, flexible ‘Honey Rubber’ outsole gives excellent trail feedback and foot mobility. The cleat is recessed just the right amount to give easy release and connection with every caged pedal I tried, without protruding obviously when walking.

They’re a reasonable weight too, at 1,048g for a pair of UK 44s with cleats.

If you stamp hard, the nylon shank does very little to stop the shoe flopping around the pedal, so riders used to more supportive designs will feel short-changed when sprinting.

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The cleat slot is also centred under the ball of the foot, rather than further back, as on a lot of DH-style clipless shoes, which won’t suit everyone.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Session clipless shoes
Brand O'Neal

Weight Of Pair Tested 1048