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Go bigger with the new Ride Concepts Vice Mid

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Ride Concepts Mid Vice gives more support than a conventional riding sneaker (Image credit: RC)

Ride Concepts has introduced a new flat pedal shoe for riders who need more stability.

If you are the caliber of mountain biker who seeks the best MTB flat pedal shoes for hitting those steeply angled kickers on the slopestyle line at your local bike park, these new Ride Concepts Vice Mid shoes are just the thing.

The Vice Mid is true to its name, taking the Ride Concepts Vice platform and adding more upper structure. With the mid-top design, these shoes offer a touch more ankle support.

The sole is similar to that of the Vice, which means you get the Ride Concepts Fuzion outsole, featuring its inverse hexagon grip pattern. 

These hexagons get smaller from the shoe's front and rear contact area to its pedal interface, reducing in diameter from 9mm to 7. With those smaller hexagons, Ride Concepts believes that its Vice Mid offers better pedal feedback.

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(Image credit: RC)

Softening those landings 

Any shoe designed for riders who are keen on hitting big jumps needs to optimize its impact absorption. According to Ride Concepts, the Vice Mid achieves this with a 3mm EVA outsole and D3O high-impact insole, featuring heel and pedal contact area cushioning.

Comfort and superior ergonomics are provided by a perforated upper, which should also make the Vice Mid adequately breathable. With the mid-top cut and gusseted tongue, you’ll also be more protected from the irritation of having terrain debris migrate into your shoes.

There is a black upper with a tan outsole and white midsole colorway. Riders who wish for something a bit more stealthy in appearance can opt for the Andreu Lacondeguy signature colorway, which is black across both outsole and midsole, with charcoal upper.

Ride Concepts is marketing the Vice Mid in sizes 7-13, priced a $130. For full details check out Rideconcepts.com.

Lance Branquinho
Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born media professional who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his fascination with trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. Rides: Morewood Kwela Cotic Simple 26 Pyga 160mm aluminium prototype