Right out of the box the Ion Scrub Amp shoes have a broken-in feel. The sizing is consistent with the other bike shoes that I have used and it took no time at all to get used to them.
My first ride in the Scrub Amp shoes was four or five laps down my go-to test trail. While climbing I find the shoes to be quite comfortable and there was minimal movement on the pedals. The shoes grip well enough when climbing that a major impact is needed to lose contact with the pedals. Hiking in the shoes was also comfortable, there was minimal heel lift and the shoes grip well on rocks and roots.
I feel that rough rooted out trails are the true test for a good flat pedal shoe. Pedal choice also plays into this a little bit and I tested the shoes with a couple of different popular flat pedals on the same section of rough trail. The shoes mated well with all of the pedals I tried and there was minimal shoe movement once it was mated with the pedal.
The sole is not as stiff as some of the shoes out there and it was noticeable on longer, rougher downhill trails. I am a fan of a softer sole so it isn’t something that I would complain about. That being said riders who prefer a stiffer sole might experience some foot fatigue on longer rides.
With the wet Pacific Northwest winter hopefully coming to an end I won’t have to ride in the rain anymore. The Ion Scrub Amps were not the best on extremely wet days. The shoes still have loads of grip but they do let a lot of water in. And once the water is in they didn’t do a great job of keep my feet warm. They are on par with the majority of shoes that are not built for winter riding. That being said they do dry well and they haven’t developed a bad smell from being wet a couple of times.
I have used the Ion Scrub Amps as my go to riding shoe for the last little while. I have ridden them on trails, in the skate park and at the pump track. They fit my feet well and I enjoy the sole feel. They are not so stiff that I can’t feel the pedal and they are not so soft that I feel them bending around my pedal. I would classify them as less stiff than the Ride Concept TNT and the FiveTen Impact Pro but stiffer than the FiveTen Freerider. For me they are a good happy medium and with how comfortable they are to ride in, they are a good option for most of my days in the saddle.
I think they are a good alternative to the main player out there and I hope that Ion continues to make shoes and evolve their shoe line. Options are good for the industry and Ion is a good choice for riders looking for a different flat pedal shoe.
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