The Trigger is very comfy with decent padding in the ankle area to protect against knocks and rocks
O’Neal’s Trigger flat pedal shoe has been given a revamp. The half-cab cut with extra ankle protection and Vans-style’ waffle sole tread pattern are the same but overall weight is reduced and the shoe profile is slimmer and more refined.
Pedal traction is aided by a honeycomb-patterned tread using a compound dubbed Honey Rubber. The honeycomb meshes very well with pedal studs, but the rubber isn’t quite as grippy as Five Ten’s Stealth formula.
The Trigger is very comfy with decent padding in the ankle area to protect against knocks and rocks, and although the shoe is less rigid than some MTB-specific shoes (it’s roughly on a par with Shimano’s AM shoe) this does give you great pedal feel, so you know exactly what the bike is doing under your feet.
Even with the lightweight and comfy fit, the low-profile upper stays in place on top of your foot without twisting when descending hard. Build quality feels reasonably solid and sturdy too but the thinner toe box and sole isn’t as protective as the Five Ten Impact VXi I use a lot when smashing down rocky trails all day long.
Durability has been good, standing up well to my usual diet of hike-a-bike, occasional trail building and technical riding. For playing about in the woods it’s not packed with technology or that far removed from a traditional skate shoe, so feels a tad overpriced.