No one wants to hike a bike, but it happens, so it's nice not to feel like you're on ice skates when you're picking your way over boulders and up impossibly stiff cliffs. It's nice to be easy to clean rugged climbs, too, which is why Northwave designed the Scorpius S. R. S. Men's MTB Shoe with a Jaws Carbon Reinforced sole plate and grippy rubber lugs to provide a killer combination of power, flex, and grip. The carbon reinforcement in the sole allows you to put loads of power to the pedals without ruining the flex you need for long distance comfort, and the rubber keeps you upright on techy off the bike sections. The fit and comfort of the Scorpius are on point, too. It starts with the Performance Advanced footbed, which sets your foot up in prime pedaling position, and continues with the Integrated Heel System, a heel counter that prevents slipping, blisters, and general discomfort. A ratcheting strap at the instep provides a firm, fully adjustable closure, and two hook and loop straps on the forefoot give you unlimited volume adjustment to eliminate side to side slop. The upper itself is made from PU, which has been thermowelded to eliminate seams and outfitted with mesh inserts to keep your feet cool and dry on sweaty rides.