SHI­MANO R260 SPD-SL

En­durance bike shoes

220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

We al­ter­nate our tri race and train­ing kit de­pend­ing on con­di­tions and dis­tance, but the Shi­mano R260 SPD-SL bike shoes have re­mained con­stant for the past few sea­sons. This ver­sion is cur­rently heav­ily re­duced on­line but, given we’ve used them loads, we’d have no qualms pay­ing full price for Shi­mano’s cur­rent RP9 or cheaper RP3 of­fer­ings. The main draw is the mas­sive com­fort that’s pro­vided by the (heat-mould­able) in­soles, soft up­per and the ratchet fas­tener, and we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced no rub­bing – yet plenty of se­cu­rity – with the trio of straps. The car­bon out­soles give good power trans­fer, and breatha­bil­ity and drainage have never been a prob­lem. We like the black ver­sions, but some will pre­fer the white. MB madi­son.co.uk

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