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Updated Bontrager Flatline MTB Shoes protect your toes and breathe more freely

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Bontrager has updated their Flatline MTB Shoes for flat pedal riders, improving durability, breathability, and toe protection. The shoe retains the Vibram outsole seen on previous iterations but gets a highly perforated upper that gives the shoe a polka dot aesthetic and allows the wearer’s feet to breathe.

Bontrager Flatline MTB Shoes

bontrager flatline mtb shoe camo upper perforations

Despite the massive increase in the use of perforations across the sides and above the toe box, the new Bontrager Flatline shoe ends up with a much more casual aesthetic thanks to the more understated colorways now available with black laces only. The only eye-catcher is the bright yellow Vibram logo at the heel, indicating the rubber compound seen at the outsole.

bontrager flatline vibram outsole pattern

Underneath, the Bontrager Flatline outsole remains unchanged. In the pedal zone, Vibram rubber is shaped into a lattice of textured low-profile squares with chamfered edges, while the heel and toe regions get a deeper, more aggressive zig-zag pattern designed to enhance grip in these areas for hiking back up the trail.

bontrager flatline toe tread pattern

Something you can’t tell from the pictures is that Bontrager has used their new InForm Performance last in the production of the new Flatline shoe. This is said to deliver a relaxed fit with a flatter foot position, perhaps better for those who dislike a high arch at the instep. Under the sole is a shock-absorbing EVA midsole said to reduce fatigue.

new strong, synthetic perforated upper materials
Laces can be tucked away into an elasticated tab on the tongue to stop them from getting caught

Bontrager has further updated the Flatline with a reinforced toe box, in order to better protect your digits next time you toe punt a rock or stump.

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Trek free-rider Casey Brown sending a North Shore gap in her Bontrager Flatline MTB Shoes

Pricing & Availability

The Bontrager Flatline MTB Shoes are available now from Trek dealers with an MSRP of $139.99 USD in unisex sizing. Worth noting is the 30-Day Unconditional Guarantee, which gives riders 30 days to love their purchase. If they don’t, Bontrager will take it back.

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George French
George French
2 years ago

Just what we need heading into winter, a load of holes to fill with water.
I have found my previous generation ones to be super super comfortable but the grip off the bike is just not there. Put some bigger grooves in the toe, fill in the gaps where the pedal sits and make the rubber a little softer/grippier and these would be a winner.

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