Merrell Covert Shoe
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THE SELL: A bike shoe that’s ready to hop off and go for a hike. THE TEST: Our first impression—stiff! A rigid Y-shaped plate extends from the midfoot to the base of the toes, giving these shoes impressive pedal-pumping efficiency. It also made them feel a little brickish on trails and prolonged break-in time, but the added stability came in handy while slaloming down leaf-covered trails in West Virginia. As one tester remarked, “The more I wore them, the more I came to appreciate them.” THE VERDICT: For bikers who do some casual hiking, it’s a good hybrid. For hikers who sometimes bike, it’s a little heavy and stiff. 16.8 oz.