Verdict from 5 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Colorwayы: Most buyers commend the Bontrager Adorn's bright color options because it enhances their visibility on the road.
  • Comfort: A lot of users find it to be very comfortable.
  • Easy clipping in and out: Several cyclists say the shoe's cleat design makes clipping in and out effortless.
  • Walkable yet stiff: This mountain bike shoe is comfortable off the bike and offers adequate power transfer while pedaling, according to some wearers.
  • Light: A number of owners claim that the Adorn feels lighter than expected.
  • Durable: The footgear can withstand the rough trails and aggressive riding, say a couple of riders.
  • Adjustability: A commenter laud the shoe's triple Velcro strap as it is easy to adjust.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Power transfer: Some riders who are used to super-stiff soles find this pair to be too flexible.
  • Missing cleats: One buyer complains that the cleats aren't included.

Bottom line

The Adorn is one of Bontrager's all-around MTB shoe that's designed exclusively for the ladies. It highlights comfort both on and off the bike, as well as pedal connection, and durability.

Some people, however, are critical about its walkable soles. If you are after extreme power transfer, you will have to look elsewhere. All in all, the Bontrager Adorn is an MTB shoe that can perform in several cycling activities.

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User reviews:

  • 4.8/5 by REI (4)

Bontrager Adorn: An all-around women's MTB shoes

The Adorn by Bontrager features a construction composed of comprehensive components directed at female mountain bikers. The shoe's last is specifically designed and shaped after the ladies' naturally narrower foot shape. 

Features that make it a versatile mountain cycling shoe include a stiff yet very walkable sole, protective upper reinforcements, grippy full rubber outsole, and easy-to-use Velcro retention system.

What is it for? The Bontrager Adorn's construction could be used for the following cycling activities:

  • Trail riding
  • Light mountain cycling
  • Urban commutes
  • Indoor cycling

Similar models you can check out

Giro Carbide R II. Both the Adorn and Carbide R II share several similarities like triple Velcro closure, nylon composite soles, and full rubber lugs. However, the Giro Carbide R II displays a sleeker silhouette compared to the Adorn, which could appeal to cyclists who love a minimal style. Moreover, the Carbide R II's upper employs mesh inserts, which could translate to better airflow.

Price-wise, the Bontrager Adorn pays $10 more than the Carbide R II.

Northwave Origin. Compared to the burly Adorn, the Northwave Origin displays the traditional sleek look of cycling shoes. As far as differences go, that's all there is, as both shoes are geared towards beginner/leisurely mountain bike riders.

How Adorn compares

This shoe: 78
All shoes average: 80
59 95
This shoe: £110
All shoes average: £180
£80 £520