Ride Concepts Wildcat flat-pedal shoes review

Comfy MTB kicks

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Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £110.00 RRP | USD $120.00 | AUD $200.00
Ride Concepts Wildcat flat-pedal shoes

Our review

Protective and comfy but don’t offer ultimate grip. Perhaps with tackier DST 4.0 rubber they’d score higher
Pros: Comfy fit and excellent pedal feel; protective ankle and toebox encourage you to get wild
Cons: Grip is reasonably good, but it’s a shame the tackier rubber isn’t used; budget ‘skate-style’ looks undersell a well-considered product
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For a newish brand, Californian shoemakers Ride Concepts already has an extensive range of flat and clipless offerings, plus an impressive line-up of pros on its rider roster. The Wildcat is a flat-pedal shoe with mid-top ankle padding for protection and stability. Although the styling and branding doesn’t scream ‘high end’, the shoe is actually packed with technology.

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Ride Concepts has partnered with Rubber Kinetics to develop three proprietary rubber compounds for its soles. The Wildcat uses the second-grippiest DST 6.0 option, moulded into a pattern of deep hexagonal lugs, similar to that found on Specialized’s 2FO shoes.

Underneath this is a shock-absorbing D3O insole (although I couldn’t feel this making much difference). Unlike some overly-chunky shoes, the Wildcats give good pedal feel right out of the box and their wide footprint makes for a great stance on the pedals.

Unfortunately, when I got into the really rough stuff, the DST 6.0 rubber just wasn’t soft enough to stop my trailing foot pattering forwards.

Fit and support is good though, thanks to a Velcro strap that locks your foot in place and the raised cuff, which stops your ankle twisting.

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The metal lace eyelet on the cuff chafed my ankles slightly, but overall these are a comfy set of kicks, even if they don’t quite offer Five Ten levels of grip.

Product Specifications

Product

Price AUD $200.00GBP £110.00USD $120.00
Brand Ride concepts

Features

Shoe closure Laces and velcro
Sole DST 6.0 rubber