I had older, road-looking trails shoes and it was time for a new pair. The trend is that trail shoes, even clipless are looking more like a flat shoe. My initial concern was that there would be a loss in power transfer. The Northwave Outcross do not feel like they loos much power, and what may be lost is made up in comfort. You can ride for hours without your feet hurting. Northwave has been hit or miss with width. I need shoes on the wider side and these feel great. I am disappointed they are discontinued.