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Shi­mano S-phyre $500

Po­si­tioned as Shi­mano’s top-end road rac­ing shoe, the S-phyre is packed with per­for­mance and com­fort-en­hanc­ing fea­tures that ap­peal to any com­pet­i­tive cy­clist. Shi­mano starts with a supremely rigid car­bon sole that is mated to a sim­i­larly sturdy ex­ter­nal heel counter for max­i­mum power trans­fer. Shi­mano then em­ploys a new last­ing con­struc­tion that not only elim­i­nates ex­cess weight, but also re­duces stack height for im­proved sta­bil­ity and power. With the up­per, the com­pany has cho­sen a soft, stretch-re­sis­tant and highly breath­able syn­thetic that eas­ily con­forms to your foot with­out the over-stretch­ing en­coun­tered with some ma­te­ri­als. Fi­nally, two Boa IP1 clo­sures pro­vide a lockedin fit and al­low for on-the-fly mi­cro-fit ad­just­ments. ( bike.shi­mano.com)

Spe­cial­ized S-works 6 XC $450

The S-works 6 XC are Spe­cial­ized’s top-of-the-line cross coun­try rac­ing shoes. Their light weight (570 g for a pair of Size 42) is achieved by us­ing a min­i­mal­ist up­per that is re­in­forced with thermo-bonded di­rec­tional Dyneema Cu­bic Tech fi­bres. This com­bi­na­tion not only re­duces weight, but also pre­vents stretch and helps cre­ate a more ef­fi­cient con­nec­tion to the pedal. For the sole, Spe­cial­ized opts for its light­est and stiffest car­bon out­sole, which sheds un­wanted grams with­out com­pris­ing the pedalling ef­fi­ciency re­quired to win races. This ob­ses­sion with weight re­duc­tion is car­ried over to the cleat mount­ing nuts where Spe­cial­ized has used ti­ta­nium al­loy hard­ware. As for clo­sures, the S-works 6 XC fea­tures a very savvy com­bi­na­tion of two mi­cro-ad­justable Boa S2 di­als and a sin­gle hook-and-loop clo­sure at the front. ( spe­cial­ized.com)

Bon­trager Women’s Ti­nari $350

This women’s-spe­cific moun­tain bike shoe is a great choice for XC rac­ing or cy­clocross. Bon­trager starts with a light­weight car­bon/fi­bre­glass com­pos­ite sole that de­liv­ers ex­cel­lent power trans­fer and adds a se­ries of ag­gres­sive lugs for ex­cep­tional trac­tion in muddy con­di­tions. A sup­ple syn­thetic up­per is matched with a women’s-spe­cific last cre­at­ing a com­fort­able and se­cure fit. For ex­tra con­trol in chal­leng­ing con­di­tions, Bon­trager specs a tried-and-true clo­sure com­bi­na­tion of a mi­cro-ad­justable Boa ip1 dial with a hook-and-loop strap at the front. ( trek­bikes.com)

Mavic Cos­mic Pro $350

Mavic cre­ated the Cos­mic Pro to of­fer rid­ers the ideal bal­ance of com­fort and per­for­mance dur­ing long rides. To achieve this goal, Mavic starts with its thin, light­weight and stiff En­ergy Car­bon out­sole that pro­vides ef­fi­cient power trans­fer. To this fea­ture, it adds a sup­ple foot-hug­ging up­per with a unique End­ofit tongue con­struc­tion that en­sures com­fort and con­trol dur­ing pow­er­ful pedalling ef­forts. Two dial clo­sures fur­ther en­hance the shoe’s fit and al­low for easy on-the-bike ad­just­ments. ( mavic.com)

Giro Sen­trie Tech­lace $325

The Giro Sen­trie Tech­lace com­bines the al­most lim­it­less fit ad­just­ment of laces with the speed and con­ve­nience of their Tech­lace D-ring Vel­cro sys­tem and Boa L6 clo­sure. The re­sult is a shoe that of­fers a supremely com­fort­able and ad­justable fit with­out com­pro­mis­ing the locked-in feel nec­es­sary for hard sprints. For even greater com­fort, Giro em­ploys a light­weight bonded breath­able up­per that min­i­mizes the need for tra­di­tional seams, which can cause hot spots dur­ing longer rides. Fi­nally, to en­sure that no watts are wasted dur­ing pedalling, Grio specs a light yet stiff Eas­ton ec70 car­bon out­sole. ( ogc.ca)

Shi­mano XC7 $290

Cre­ated for off-road rac­ing, Shi­mano’s xc7 shoes com­bine the dura­bil­ity, per­for­mance and low weight sought by XC rac­ers. Shi­mano starts by spec’ing a car­bon-fi­bre re­in­forced mid­sole, which is mated to an ex­clu­sive Miche­lin-made grippy, yet mud-shed­ding rub­ber out­sole. The com­bi­na­tion pro­vides ex­cel­lent power trans­fer when pedalling as well as supreme trac­tion and con­trol when forced to dis­mount and run with the bike. The up­per con­sists of a sup­ple ven­ti­lated syn­thetic that eas­ily con­forms to your foot. A sin­gle Boa ip1 dial and a fore­foot hook-and-loop clo­sure pro­vide a se­cure fit even dur­ing out-of-the-sad­dle sprints. ( bike.shi­mano.com)

Di­adora Vor­tex Pro II $489

The Vor­tex Pro II is Di­adora’s pro-level shoe and as such it sports all the high-end fea­tures com­pet­i­tive rid­ers ex­pect in this cat­e­gory. Start­ing with the sole, Di­adora specs its Pro Road 3 car­bon unit that sac­ri­fices a bit of weight for in­creased stiff­ness and power-trans­fer ef­fi­ciency. For the up­per, Di­adora uses a foot-hug­ging, sub­tly per­fo­rated syn­thetic up­per with mesh pan­els that pro­vides com­fort in warm­rid­ing con­di­tions. The ad­di­tion of two Boa clo­sures al­lows for an al­most in­fin­itely ad­justable fit en­sur­ing com­fort and con­trol dur­ing long rides and big ef­forts. ( log­i­cas­port.com)

Five Ten Kestrel Lace $200

The Kestrel show­cases per­for­mance and con­struc­tion fea­tures op­ti­mized for all-moun­tain rid­ing. Start­ing at the out­sole, Five Ten uses its durable C4 rub­ber at the fore­foot for easy clip­ping and in­creased longevity in this high-wear area. The eva mid­sole soaks up some of the rough­ness of walk­ing on a trail, as a ny­lon shank firms things up some­what while still al­low­ing for some flex. The re­sult is a shoe that de­liv­ers all-day com­fort with­out com­pro­mis­ing long-term dura­bil­ity. And ev­ery­one loves the look of proper laces. ( fiveten.com)—gusalexan­dropou­los

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