Bont Riot MTB+ shoes £169.99

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

Call­ing a £170 pair of shoes ‘af­ford­able’ would be stretch­ing it for any­one but Aus­tralian car­bon cob­blers Bont. The new Riot MTB+s are £80 cheaper than their other moun­tain bike shoes, the Vay­pors, but still of­fer pre­mium per­for­mance. If they fit.

The head­line fea­ture with Bont shoes is the cus­tom-mould­able car­bon fi­bre sole unit. You bake it in an oven to soften it, then shape it around your foot as it cools. Ris­ing up around the heel and sides of the foot, it cre­ates a com­plete ‘bath­tub’ fit. This cre­ates a se­ri­ously stiff shoe that big-gear pedal stam­pers will love, but one that still stays just the right side of for­giv­ing to stop your feet go­ing numb. The dis­tinc­tive blunt toe shape stops pinky cramp­ing too.

Op­tional toe studs and a grippy sole (in­clud­ing the in­step), which can be re­placed when worn, keep the Ri­ots sure­footed off the bike. A Z-shaped fore­foot strap and Boa dial keep things se­cure. On most testers, the dial sat on ei­ther the padded up­per sec­tion of the shoe or the top of the tongue when tight­ened. But on taller-footed rid­ers it missed both, po­ten­tially cre­at­ing a painful pres­sure point. That makes try­ing be­fore you buy, not or­der­ing online, es­sen­tial in our books. Guy www.zy­rofisher.co.uk

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