When gearing up for a big adventure, footwear can be an important decision. On one side, you want something that is pedal efficient so you can rack up the miles in comfort. But on the other side, it’s helpful to have something that’s easy to walk in for technical hike-a-bike sections, while also remaining comfortable enough that it can double as your camp shoe. With those criteria in mind, Bontrager just launched the Avert Adventure Shoe.

Bontrager Avert Adventure shoe hiking

Photo c. Bontrager

Bontrager Avert Adventure shoe side

As the name would suggest, the Avert is built with big adventures in mind. Specifically, it’s designed to be hikeable, while maintaining the benefits of riding clipless pedals.

Bontrager Avert Adventure shoe outsole

The rugged outsole is designed to offer loads of traction in questionable terrain with a reverse lug pattern. The relatively large SPD compatible cleat pocket should offer plenty of adjustability.

Bontrager Avert Adventure shoe sideBontrager Avert Adventure shoe insole

Additional ride and hiking comfort is provided through a shock-absorbing EVA midsole. When you first try on these shoes, you’d swear they were just really comfortable sneakers – not cycling shoes. It’s actually fairly impressive how comfortable these shoes are to walk in while remaining relatively efficient for pedaling. They’re certainly not comparable to a shoe with a carbon sole, but they’re far more supportive than your average sneaker or hiking boot while pedaling.

The insole is pretty basic, but since a lot of the comfort is derived from the EVA midsole and the insides are quite forgiving, it’s more than adequate.

Bontrager Avert Adventure shoe tongue

The shoes are designed with durability and water resistance in mind, but the Cordura and suede upper construction is said to be breathable enough for all day use. A standard lace configuration is employed to adjust the shoes and allow for easy lace replacements while out in the back country if needed. Also, the tongue is attached on both sides for easy slip-on while preventing the tongue from shifting to either side.

Bontrager Avert Adventure shoe heel

To add just a touch of reflectivity, the Bontrager logo at the back is reflective.

Bontrager Avert Adventure shoe weight

On the scale, a single 41.5 shoe weighed in at 394g.

When it comes to sizing, I’d say that these shoes are pretty true to size. I’m usually a 41.5 in most brands, and these fit well – if just a touch big. The fit is also quite roomy with a wide toebox.

Bontrager Avert Adventure shoe black

Also available in black, the Bontrager Avert Adventure shoe is priced at $174.99 and is available now.



    • Zach Overholt on

      Those are two VERY different shoes. The Recon is much closer to a traditional mountain bike shoe in terms of comfort and fit. The Averts are definitely more of a comfort focused trail shoe that also has the ability to clip in. I need to do a long ride on the Averts to see what they’re like, but in terms of short term comfort, they’re pretty awesome.

      • Onrhodes on

        I respectably disagree as far as a “bikepacking shoe” goes. While I don’t disagree that they are different shoes. If you’re going to go with the bikepacking theory then I stand behind my comment. The Shimano XM7 would also be a much better bikepacking shoe for just a smidge more.

        • Zach Overholt on

          Yeah, it depends what you’re after. If you want a shoe that’s better for pedaling, the Recon, XM7, and other are probably the answer. For a shoe that’s better for hiking, and comfort around camp, the Avert is likely the better choice. I think some riders will like this shoe since it’s so different than most.

  1. Chris Jewett on

    I completed the Colorado trail in these this year. they were extremely comfortable out of the box and i only had a hand full of rides on them before I set off. the sole had great flex for the long hike-a-bike sections. i won’t say that the water resistance was awesome but as a personal preference I go with waterproof socks instead of waterproof shoes. even with a waterproof shoe if it’s raining on you all day it’s inevitable that water will go down your leg and into your shoe unless you have some kickass gators/booties which i didn’t want to carry. overall i thought they were a great option for a bikepacking shoe.


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