<h2>My Kind of Off-Road Riding</h2>\r\nFor me, riding off-road isn’t just about heading to the local mountain bike trails for a couple of laps. It’s about getting off the roads and into the bush. It’s about riding out of my back door and into nature, sometimes bikepacking and <a class="wpil_keyword_link" href="https://weareexplorers.co/outdoor-activities/camping/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" title="camping" data-wpil-keyword-link="linked">camping</a> for days on end. And it’s about having a bloody good time when I’m out there.\r\n\r\nFor this reason, I’d never really considered wearing bike-specific shoes. I’d always heard talk of the performance benefits of clipping in, but it just wasn’t for me. I was getting out there to have fun, not break records on Strava.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_45027" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]<a href="https://www.instagram.com/mattiejgould/?hl=en" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="wp-image-45027 size-full" src="https://weareexplorers.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Hike-a-bike.jpg" alt="specialized recon 3.0 mountain bike shoe // gear review by Mattie Gould" width="1920" height="1280" /></a> Nothing like taking your bike for a walk[/caption]\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWhen I’m out riding, I want my shoe to be just as comfortable off the bike, as it is on. I want to be able to hop off the bike and brew a pot of coffee in the middle of the ride. Or sit around with a beer in the backcountry. Or climb a tree to get a better photo angle.\r\n\r\nI need a shoe that’s grippy while pushing my bike up a path I shouldn’t have taken, through a creek I didn’t expect or over fallen trees on the fire trail.\r\n\r\nSo does the <a href="https://www.specialized.com/au/en/recon-3-0-mountain-bike-shoes/p/173643?color=272361-173643&searchText=61520-2237" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Specialized Recon 3.0</a> cope with my kind of off-road riding? After putting more than 200km into these shoes within the first couple of weeks, I can confidently answer with a resounding yes.