So if there was another company out there with grippy rubber and the knowledge and success in other markets to back a foray into mountain biking then it would have to be Teva. Like 5-10, it's a brand built on super grippy soles (though more aimed at paddlers and multi-sporters than climbers). But I'm guessing if you can make a shoe that grips to a slippery wet rock, you should be able to make a shoe that grips to a pedal. Teva think so and have put money on it, releasing two MTB flat pedal shoes, the Links and the Pinner. Designed by Jeff Lenosky, both feature Teva's Spider365 sticky rubber. On top of releasing the shoes they are sponsoring Jeff Lenosky, Kurt Sorge and freeride superstar Cam McCaul, as well as signing on as best trick sponsor for Crankworx this year. Availability is looking like June in the US so it would be a few months later for good old New Zealand I'd say, but I'll try to get some details from the New Zealand distributor. In the meantime you could email them here and find out where and when they will be available.
Watch McCaul, along with Ryan Howard and Dusty Wygle, turn the rugged backdrop into a playground aboard their Trek Remedy bikes.
Raw video from the recent Not2Bad film. Warning - you are going to want to ride your bike after this!
Cheesy maybe, stylish definitely! Here's Cam McCaul in a play on words of his name and, conveniently a sponsor - Sony Action Cam.
Claudio Caluori and Cedric Gracia take you on the DHI course of the 2015 UCI MTB World Champs.
The BBH Crew are the French trio of Bryan Regnier, Maxime Mauvais and young filmmaker Leon Perrin...