Who should buy Etnies Culvert

The Etnies Culvert is perfect for cyclists who:

  • take on enduro and downhill mountain biking
  • are looking for a durable MTB shoe that will not hurt their pockets
  • need a flat cleated bike shoe with an extremely grippy compound
  • want a cycling shoe that can keep the feet protected at all times

Etnies Culvert label

Who should NOT buy Etnies Culvert

Due to the tapered design of the sole of the Etnies Culvert towards the middle part, the pedal zone may feel limited. The Five Ten Freerider Pro is an excellent alternative since this cycling shoe has no issues regarding the pedal zone.

The Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch is a great choice for those who do not like that the Culvert model from Etnies takes time to feel comfortable.

Etnies Culvert back profile

Stiff at first but becomes comfortable over time

Like many new shoes, the Etnies Culvert feels stiff when it has not been worn in yet. Wear them a bit, and this issue will be removed.

Etnies Culvert upper

After its break-in period, this cycling shoe becomes more comfortable. An expert even said that “the comfort level has stepped up a little bit” and “these have increased comfort” compared to the other cycling shoes that he tested like the Marano Crank.

This cycling shoe will keep you protected

“Protection is superb.” A lot of riders comment about the Etnies Culvert as it can keep the feet protected from moisture, debris, pebbles, and impacts. 

Etnies Culvert tongue and collar

Etnies Culvert: Useful year-round

The Etnies Culvert can be worn at any time of the year. An expert mentioned that the Culvert is “great for all conditions” after wearing this model in hot, dusty weather, rainstorms, and everything in between.

Etnies Culvert side profile

An expert also said that despite being a non-winter shoe, this “does a superb job of keeping your feet warm and dry.”

While the brand says that this shoe is water repellant, a cyclist exclaimed that this is “totally waterproof” and “more water-resistant” compared to Five Ten models.

Control your pedals confidently with the Etnies Culvert

The sole of the Etnies Culvert is not only rigid, but it is also very sticky, which makes this “perfect for flat pedals.” Due to its grip, this cycling shoe can “stick to the pedals with ease.”

Etnies Culvert outsole

However, with its tapered sole design, it may feel like its pedal contact has been reduced. Still, an expert said that it “provides sufficient grip.”

This MTB shoe can handle abuse

The Michelin rubber sole of the Etnies Culvert doesn’t only provide grip, but it is also “firm enough to be durable.” Being described as “hard wearing riding shoes” and “manufactured to last,” the Culvert can withstand the demanding nature of this sport.

Etnies Culvert midsole

Facts / Specs

Use: Mountain
Cleat design: Flat
Closure: Lace
Features: Lace Tucks, Water-resistant
Technology: Michelin Soles
BRAND Brand: Etnies
Rigidity: Stiff

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