Straight up value shoe that will not comprimise on your budget. Stiff sole will not rob you of power during your efforts. The supportive synthetic upper is very durable and will last many seasons. It cleans up well too. Simple and proven one buckle - 2 strap design is always a winner. Hard to go wrong with this shoe and if your comparing value by price per feature, it is almost inpossible to best the XC50 shoe.