Thursday, August 14, 2014

2015 Bontrager XXX Road Shoes

Bontrager XXX Road Shoes

(pictures and article from road.cc)
The upper is made from Clarino microfibre which is a synthetic leather-like material that's supple enough to conform well to your foot shape and tough enough to stand up to the odd scrape. The whole of the upper (not counting the tongue) is one piece so you don't find any seams digging in and causing irritation.

The tongue is generously padded and you get vented panels over the toes and on both sides of the foot. There are more vents in the sole, both underneath the toes and under the middle of your foot. Some people might want larger areas of ventilation, I guess, but I never found my feet heating up uncomfortably and I've used these shoes in 30°C+ several times over the past few weeks.

That closure system I mentioned comprises a Velcro lower strap – as usual, once you have it set you never need to touch it again – and two Boa IP1 dials.
 
If you've not used Boa dials before you should give them a go. They're ace. They're a little like the clicky wheels you get to adjust the fit of many helmets. Turn them one way and they tighten the cable that you have instead of laces, turn them the other and they loosen. You can also pop the dials upwards to let lots of cable out when you want to take the shoes off.

The XXX Road shoes feature Bontrager's Platinum Series Carbon soles which are the stiffest they produce. We've said it before: manufacturers seem to have sole stiffness sorted these days. It's hard to discern any flex at all in these even when you're giving the pedals everything you've got. Heel and toe bumpers offer some protection to the sole when you're walking to and from your bike.

Overall, I found these to be very good shoes. They offer a decent level of comfort – even though they're not quite at the top of the tree in that respect – they're very light and extremely stiff with an excellent Boa closure system.

The Bontrager XXX Road shoes are available in sizes 40-47 and in white and red colour options. On both versions that logo on the heel is reflective. Although these shoes aren't available until November 2014, you can order them now.

Verdict

Light stiff and efficient shoes with a good level of comfort and an excellent Boa closure system

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