Best Muni/Trials Shoe

Best Muni/Trials Shoe

Post by Jesse » Fri, 26 Sep 2008 13:36:19


I'm old to unicycling, but new to Muni/Trials.

I think that my biggest concern is with spraining my ankles, because I
really (really, really, really) hate the recovery time afterwards. And
I also hate that each time I do it, I'm likely to be making it more
vulnerable for the rest of my life.

That said, what sneakers are best for sprain-prevention while not
sucking in other departments?

Thx.

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Post by MuniAddic » Fri, 26 Sep 2008 13:43:35

Quote:

> I'm old to unicycling, but new to Muni/Trials.

> I think that my biggest concern is with spraining my ankles, because I
> really (really, really, really) hate the recovery time afterwards. And
> I also hate that each time I do it, I'm likely to be making it more
> vulnerable for the rest of my life.

> That said, what sneakers are best for sprain-prevention while not
> sucking in other departments?

> Thx.

Forget "sneakers". Get a strong, form soled over-the-ankle shoe like
'this!' (http://SportToday.org/)

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Post by Jesse » Fri, 26 Sep 2008 13:47:21

Quote:

> Forget "sneakers". Get a strong, form soled over-the-ankle shoe like
> 'this!' (http://tinyurl.com/57lyxs)

I don't even hate the aesthetics. Very helpful.

Any other choices I should consider?

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Post by MuniAddic » Fri, 26 Sep 2008 13:53:04

Here's the new version: http://SportToday.org/

I have three pair of the first version and they are the absolute best
shoe for MUni/coker/trials, ect that I have ever owned! Incredible
grip, long wearing, very comfy with ankle protection.:cool:

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Post by Jesse » Fri, 26 Sep 2008 14:35:00

Good to hear.

Initially, I sort of just thought that you were saying that this was
the right genre of shoes, which in itself was sort of a revelation.
Stupidly, I hadn't realized that there was a market segment for this
sort of shoe.

Anyway, I'll probably just get these. That is, unless anyone else wants
to make a case for getting something different :D.

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Post by teachnda » Fri, 26 Sep 2008 14:43:59

Terry and some other riders really like those shoes.  They're nice
especially if you can afford them.  You should know they are really
sticky and take some getting used to, but once you get used to them and
can move your foot around, a lot of people really like them.

I am not saying that from experience, it's only from what I have read.
Terry can confirm.

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Post by phleg » Sat, 27 Sep 2008 01:12:15

I have narrow ankles and finding shoes to support them seems near
impossible.  So I wear 'these ankle braces' (http://tinyurl.com/46lswe)
whenever I ride.  I also wear neoprene ankle supports under them just to
prevent chaffing.

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Post by lowligh » Sat, 27 Sep 2008 01:51:08

Quote:
> Here's the new version:
> http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/166...ct-2-Shoes.htm

I use these. They're great shoes and rated highly by lots of people on
here.

The shoes do provide a degree of ankle protection but i've still had
light sprains a couple of times. Still highly recomended though

Dan

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Post by joejumps4fu » Sat, 27 Sep 2008 04:38:12

Forgive me as this is not related to the style of riding, but related to
shoes, I wanted to target my question to people who know about this more
than I do.

Any suggestions for ideal shoes in learning gliding/1fww? I've just
begun to learn 1FWW and my Maxxis tire is starting to bald (from normal
wear) but it is still a little bit knobby. I need new shoes for
unicycling, too...so I want to find a good pair that is ideal for 1FWW
and gliding as well...I imagine anything with a flat tread on the
bottom. I also like extra padding on the side since I do a lot of BC
riding and those bolts cut into your ankles. Any suggestions?

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Post by Mountainuni » Sat, 27 Sep 2008 05:02:36

Check out the Impact 2 MID at  http://SportToday.org/

These guys made a soft *** compound for their soles that grips
pedals much better than a high ankle supported hiking shoe.

They also have a specially designed tongue that has a depression at the
top which eases pressure on the spot where your foot and lower shin
meet. Especially good for MUni, as your feet are in a flexed position
constantly.  Also uses a slingshot tongue design to keep your heel back
and down in the shoe. You'll like them.

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Post by pkittl » Sat, 27 Sep 2008 16:18:12

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> Here's the new version: http://tinyurl.com/49rlko

> I have three pair of the first version and they are the absolute best
> shoe for MUni/coker/trials, ect that I have ever owned! Incredible grip,
> long wearing, very comfy with ankle protection.:cool:

I recommend the Impact 2 over the originals. I had the originals, and
within a few months the lace eyelet at the top ripped out. 5-10 replaced
them under warranty with the Impact 2, but I was without shoes for a
couple weeks. The new ones are going strong after almost a year. They
rock. And they're worth the extra money. Try looking around--I've seen
them for under $90 a couple places online.

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Post by joejumps4fu » Sun, 28 Sep 2008 22:13:07

unfortunately they make it very difficult to find anything on that
website by not providing a "search" feature....I don't see those shoes.

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Post by stevey » Mon, 29 Sep 2008 13:01:27

I have the older version 5.10 Impacts (like Muni***'s 1st link), 2
pairs, in fact.  They're great for everything uni, *-except ankle sprain
protection-*.  They're not high enough around the ankle to prevent
sprains.  

I have had two serious sprains with mine.  Perhaps the newer ones are
high enough?

I use lightwt ankle braces like Kevin (phlegm) for rough muni.

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Post by Jesse » Wed, 01 Oct 2008 13:29:56

It's funny. I hadn't been looking at this site, and then I came back to
it just now, having been made aware of ankle braces, and wondering what
yous guys (sic) thought of them.

I'm gonna be on rough and sometimes rocky terrain.

Let me try to focus my question this way. I think I'm gonna get the
impact 2 mid. So, what percent extra ankle-protection margin will I get
if I also use a brace like the McDavid (see earlier in thread). Like,
50% more, 100% more(doubles the protection), or maybe 300% more, or
whatever.

I don't want to have to use a brace in addition to the impact2, but if
it's gonna be a night-and-day difference, I'd probably do it. Actually,
it would help if anyone wants to talk about the down-sides to braces
that I might not already realize--besides the discomfort and
inconvenience that I'm thinking about. Is the reduced mobility much of
an issue for effective trials-y muni.

(And does Kris Holm ever use them).

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Post by teachnda » Wed, 01 Oct 2008 15:07:07

I have worn ankle braces like Kevin's(Phlegm).  The type I wear has the
laces up the front like a boot, but it adds two velcro straps that go
over and under the foot and up the side of the ankle on both sides.
Very similar to how you would tape a persons ankle that has been
sprained. Then there is a velcro strap around the leg to keep it tight.
It feels supportive at first for the first 15 minutes or so, but even
with the velcro reduncies, I found it loosens up.  To retighten, I have
to loosen my 661's to get at the brace.  Kind of a PITA. I just want to
ride.  I don't think it offers that much lateral support.  I bought the
brace with some flexible plastic inserts that fit into sleeves on the
sides.  Works in theory, but very impractical, as the pressed against my
ankle bone and started to chafe quickly.  I then rode without the
plastic inserts.

Do a search on Active Ankles in the forums for more info on those.
That's a different animal.  I wore those for about a year on both ankles
for protection, but they wore out over time and got loose. Even with
those, my ankle could twist, and they brace would sometimes hit the
crank.  I have a thick lower leg, so mine may have been too big, hence
the result of not offering that much support.

Just my experience.

At least with my riding, I didn't find a night and day difference
between wearing the brace(s) and not.  There wasn't that much diffence
in the mobility and was easy to get used to.

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