You don't need to go without food for a week to buy a high quality mountain bike shoes. The Giro Manta is packing all the best features of top shelf mountain bike shoes, including the ratcheting buckle, at a fraction of the cost of most. Giro didn't pull any punches with the design of the Manta, and you can feel that as soon as you clip in. The Manta starts with a breathable and extremely durable nylon and microfiber upper. The upper is tough enough to provide all the protection you need from trail debris, but soft enough for hours of comfort in the saddle. The outsole is DuPont Zytel stiff enough for uncompromised pedal efficiency, but soft enough for comfort during long rides. The Manta's footbed is flexible but supportive EVA high density foam. This is treated with an Aegis antimicrobial treatment to help control odors. Giro finished off the Manta with dual density lugs that provide the traction that you'll need out of the saddle.