Lace up for your next bikepacking journey with the new Bontrager Avert Adventure shoe

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.

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Daan K
Daan K
2 years ago

seems like a terrible naming combination. to “avert adventure” means to prevent adventure.

Greg
Greg
2 years ago

Looks like the shoes my grandma wore when she went mall walking.

ttxxdd
ttxxdd
2 years ago

wow, they look like my grandpa’s orthopedic shoes

Onrhodes
2 years ago

The Specialized Recon 2.0 look like a much better alternative (assuming they fit you)

Onrhodes
2 years ago
Reply to  Zach Overholt

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.

jason d west
jason d west
2 years ago

Timberlands for the mtb rapper

Chris Jewett
Chris Jewett
2 years ago

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.

macias
1 year ago

They look promising, but is the suede a natural suede or synthetic one? Usually suede means natural material, but mixing it with cordura would be strange…