Specialized El Gato Sport Shoes

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El Gato Sport

1000 denier Cordura upper w/suede edging / Dual straps for snug fit / Aggressive Cat Paw tread for traction when off the bike. Great pair of shoes if you are looking for some old school!

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MTS   All Mountain Rider [Dec 21, 2013]
Strength:

Durability

Weakness:

None

I have had these shoes 15+ years and they are still as good as new. Please don't tell me I have a pet bike, I do more than take it for walks.

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5
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5
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Steven Chaprnka   Cross-Country Rider [Dec 26, 1999]
Strength:

:Low cost
:Not to flashy

I bought these as my intro pair of shoes. So, far, after two years, they still kick ass. Simple two strap design, nice stiff sole, cool looking. Great for beginers. I am moving to something with a little tighter fit. But i would recomend these beauties to everyone.

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5
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Giordana   Racer [Dec 27, 1999]
Strength:

looks, stiffness, velcro straps

Weakness:

none yet

I use this shoe on my road bike in training and I like it. I got it at my LBS for 28 bucks--I believe they are the 96 version on a closeout. They fit very well and work good on my Wellgos. On the rare times I have to walk my bike, they walk just fine. I would recommend them.

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5
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Greg   Cross-Country Rider [Jul 16, 1999]

I basically agree with everything most people are saying. Unless you get your foot properly aligned on the pedal, you will slip right off of it. Other than that, the shoes fit very well (I have wide feet and they adjusted nicely after a few rides), they are comfortable and have stood up to whatever I have thrown at them. I would recommend these shoes to anyone. They aren't hard on the $$ either!

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5
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john walsh   Cross-Country Rider [Apr 06, 1999]
Strength:

good price comfortable, especially in the toe bx

Weakness:

no laces

very good shoe for the dollar, that have taken loads of abuse and work well with a variety of pedals

Similar Products Used: el gato comp
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5
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DonP   cross-country rider [Mar 16, 1998]

I have been riding the Sports since later summer/early fall and here are my impressions of this affordable shoe:
1. Heel cup allows lots of heel slippage when walking, especially uphill.
2. Runs wide for my size 9 regular foot, and quickly stretched out even more -- but this made it a great winter shoe because I could wear thick socks with a comfy fit.
3. Sole is stiff for great pedal transfer and comfort standing on pedals, but it is quite narrow (almost like a road shoe) and lets the shoe roll over to the side easily when walking or stabbing a foot in technical situations. The sole is also slippery on rocks, logs etc., especially in the wet. I also had to trim quite a bit of the inner tread away before Shimano cleats would work properly.
4. I'm not sure exactly why, but is the most difficult shoe I've ever worn for getting clipped into the pedal in technical situations. Damned aggravating! Several of my riding buddies have the Comps (essentially same sole) and they have the same complaints with clipping in.
5. Cleat mounting plates in the sole stripped out before cleats could be secured sufficiently.
6. Seems well made and durable despite the above flaws, especially for the price.
7. Appearance is subjective, but these are a good looking shoe IMHO, in an earthy kinda way.
As a performance shoe I can only give em 3 chilies because of the heel cup slop and narrow, slippery sole, but they probably deserve 4 chilies when price is factored in. Not a good choice for racers or those who ride seriously in slippery, technical regions. Gonna try Diadora or Sidi next. Any input?

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4
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Jethro Q. Walrustitty   cross-country rider [Jul 18, 1997]

I just bought the el gato sport yesterday... they're really comfortable
and quite stiff. I had no problem attaching the cleat or clipping in
to my 535's. For now, I'm very happy with them. I'll post a review
at a later date commenting on their durability... but for now, 5
chili's!

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5
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Kevin Collier   weekend warrior [Jul 25, 1997]

El GATO SPORT
I Like the shoe but am having a problem on long rides with my feet going to
sleep. I did not have this problem before. Any suggestions????

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4
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Erik van Lier   cross-country rider [May 20, 1998]

Yep, here an other one who lost the cleats after installing. Simply buy original (shimano) cleats and go for it! Your bikedealer have to give new cleats!! I do have sleepy feet after a long ride, but I usually have that with any shoe, I think that´s my weight on my feet and the power in my legs ;))5 chili´s

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5
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Fred Svinth   cross-country rider [May 18, 1998]

I thought these shoes were a good deal when I bought them, but within a year of purchase the sole has broken at the clip points and delaminated from the toe of the shoe. Though I am a large rider, I expected better. Also the traction on these shoes suck and in muddy conditions cliping in seemed a bit overly difficult even for SPD's).

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1
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