THE WOLF’S FIRST IMPRESSIONS
We’ve had extensive time in Leatt’s new 7.0 HydraDri shoes, which have been keeping Robert’s feet dry and comfortable over the Scottish winter – you can check out the long term review here. We haven’t managed to get a great deal of time in the other models and haven’t yet received the 2.0 to test, so we’ll briefly touch on each model that we have ridden, and compare their fit, feel and features. As with all of our Dissected features, these impressions are not intended to be a long-term review, but if the durability of the 7.0 HydraDri and their previous shoes is anything to go by, the rest of the new Leatt footwear range should hold up to multiple seasons of aggressive riding.
As we discussed in the long term review of the Leatt 7.0 HydraDri, it’s safe to say that the new RideGrip PRO and WaffleGrip PRO in the new Leatt flat pedal shoes combine to give very good pedal grip, but it still doesn’t quite hit the level of the most stuckfast soles on the market. The walking traction on the new Leatt PRO soles is excellent, pedal feel is great and they’ve been holding up to a lot of abuse with some downright violent pedal pins with only some small signs of wear.
Our time in the 3.0 and 4.0 Pro Clip shoes we received hasn’t been extensive enough to share a final verdict, but first impressions are promising. Both feel comfortable and have a true-to-size fit, and in the time we’ve spent riding them so far they’ve avoided being overly stiff or harsh on the longer rough descents. The ease of fitting and removing the 4.0 Pro shoes is particularly easy and effective, even with frozen hands in gloves, with the MOZ spreading pressure evenly across the front of the foot and the Velcro strap effectively cinching them down at the top.
The crew has spent good time in the 5.0 and 6.0 clip shoes, which get new colorways but remain the same in terms of function. The 5.0 shoes are some of Robert’s favorites for aggressive riding, with the rearward cleat track extension giving a very comfortable position and the general construction and fit feeling great. Drew is a fan of the 6.0 trail shoe, thanks to the breathability and light weight while avoiding being overly drafty for cooler days. These have a nice fit thanks to the MOZ dial, with a well considered sole stiffness to transfer power without being too harsh.
The weatherproofing in the 7.0 HydraDri shoes is very effective, with only a couple of occasions in the worst of the Scottish Winter riding conditions where Robert’s feet got wet inside. The bootie does a good job at keeping the mud out and making them easier to clean, and manages to shake off the worst of the weather without creating an overly hot environment for your feet to live in while riding. Overall the 7.0 HydraDri shoes are an excellent adverse weather conditions shoe that we’d happily recommend.