Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES - CD

SHI­MANO HAS RAISED the bar with the per­for­mance­ori­ented TR9. It’s com­fort­able, light (just 502 g), sleek and looks great in Shi­mano’s sig­na­ture blue. The stiff car­bon fi­bre com­pos­ite sole helps keep the weight off, but trans­fers power as ef­fi­ciently as any road shoe. Triath­letes won’t have to worry about fid­dling around with their footwear in T1 with the TR9, ei­ther. Its ex­traw­ide vel­cro strap and asym­met­ri­cal, over­sized heel loop makes it easy to get your feet into the shoe, which will shave valu­able sec­onds off tran­si­tion times. The du­al­strap sys­tem, de­signed to give triath­letes op­ti­mal com­fort and snug­ness, en­sures you can ad­just the shoe to fit your spe­cific foot shape.

The durable, stretch-re­sis­tant, syn­thetic leather up­per can with­stand the el­e­ments – Shi­mano says their Lighter­leather tech­nol­ogy is more durable than nat­u­ral leathers. There’s a three-layer, mesh ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem that al­lows your feet to breathe, which triath­letes will ap­pre­ci­ate in their bare feet. Even the toe cap has ex­tra air ven­ti­la­tion in­takes, mak­ing this a great shoe whether you’re rac­ing at the sprint or full dis­tance.

The TR9 fea­tures Shi­mano’s unique Dy­nalast footbed shape, which en­sures that the shoe hugs the unique curves of the foot to en­hance mus­cle-ef­fi­ciency and make your ride as smooth as pos­si­ble. We found that the shoe fit ba­si­cally true to size, though the toe box seems a lit­tle larger than some of Shi­mano’s other tri shoes. Over­all, the TR9 is a great op­tion for the triath­lete seek­ing a high-end shoe that’s com­fort­able enough for train­ing and rac­ing long dis­tances, for whom ven­ti­la­tion is a pri­or­ity. For those who aren’t a fan of Shi­mano’s bright blue (which we love), the shoe also comes in white.–

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