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Awards  Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award Best Buy Award 
Price $120.00 at Amazon
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$180.00 at Competitive Cyclist
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$159.95 at Competitive Cyclist$104.73 at REI
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$105.00 at Amazon
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Pros Comfortable, easy to hike in, good protectionGood power transfer, grippy Vibram outsole, lots of fore/aft cleat adjustmentComfortable, excellent protection, excellent power transfer, easy to clip in and out of, great for hike-a-bikeComfortable, stiff, good power transfer, large cleat openingLightweight, very good power transfer, breathable
Cons Moderately stiff sole, trail vibration through foot, lack of reinforced lacing eyeletsLacks protection on the sides of the midfoot and top of forefootHeavy, not waterproofNot waterproof, velcro strap too longLacking side protection on the mid-foot
Bottom Line Best for shorter, less technical rides due to it’s moderately stiff soleA good choice for those seeking a shoe with good power transfer and stability without a weight penaltyIf you’re looking for a comfortable shoe with maximum protection and stability look no furtherEarning our Best Bang for Your Buck award, the Hellcat combines a stiff, shock absorbing sole, with protective, breathable uppers all at a modest price pointA solid choice for the rider looking for a feature packed shoe that does not break the bank
Rating Categories Five Ten Kestrel Lace Pearl Izumi X-ALP Elevate Traverse Five Ten Hellcat - Women's Scott MTB Elite Boa Lady
Comfort (25%)
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9
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7
Walkability (25%)
9
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8
Stability And Control (20%)
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Protection (15%)
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Weight (15%)
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Specs Five Ten Kestrel... Pearl Izumi X-ALP... Traverse Five Ten Hellcat -... Scott MTB Elite...
Measured Weight (g) 424 351 450 437 351
Outsole Stealth C4 rubber Vibram Megagrip DST 8.0 MID GRIP Rubber Stealth C4 rubber Sticki rubber
Closure Laces/Velcro Velcro/Boa Laces/Velcro Laces/Velcro Boa, hook-and-loop strap
Upper Material PU-coated polyester mesh 3-layer bonded synthetic Synthetic & D30 Synthetic weather-resistant micro-perforated, EVA Microfiber, 3D nylon air mesh
Footbed EVA Foam EVA Foam EVA Foam EVA Foam ErgoLogic
Sole Nylon shank nylon and carbon composite shank, EVA D30 High Impact Insole Three-quarter dual-density TPU shank, EVA midsole Fiberglass-reinforced nylon
Size Tested EU 40 2/3 / US 8.5 EU 40 EU 39.5 / US 8.5 EU 40 2/3 / US 8.5 EU 39
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