FOR TRIATHLETES SEEKING a comfortable, individualized fit they can find in their triathlon cycling shoe, Scott’s Road Tri Pro is worth a look. It has all the features you’d want in a high-end shoe – it is stiff, light and easy to slip on and off in transition. It also utilizes a special Ergologic insole that lets you customize your arch support. There’s also an adjustable metatarsal button that ensures an extremely comfortable fit, which is a joy for long rides.
The shoe’s thick upper straps help hold the foot in nicely. The tongue-less synthetic upper conforms to the foot nicely and the mesh above the toes, as well as in little windows on the sides, provides all the ventilation you need for hot days. For especially cool days you’ll want to add an extra layer (either an extra sock or booty) as the foot is exposed on top. We found the shoe to be completely comfortable without socks for all types of rides.
Like all good tri shoes, the Tri Carbons have a loop at the back to help you slide it on and off easily in transition. While a larger and more structured loop would be helpful, there’s so much else to love about these shoes. With a stiffness index of 7, we found it to be more than stiff enough to optimize power transfer.
Weighing just 260 g this is a comfortable shoe that will serve you well both in training and in a race.—cd
Scott Road Tri Pro $229