Will this low cost, hi-viz shoe cut it for tri?

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Kit Zone - JS wig­gle.co.uk

Dhb’s Trin­ity tri shoes come with both three-bolt and two-bolt cleat mounts, the lat­ter be­ing use­ful if you want to com­mute in SPD cleats or use them on a spin bike to max­imise their value. They feel roomy and will suit wider feet, while the up­per has an ad­di­tional small strap over the toe­box to achieve a bet­ter fit. They’re com­fort­able enough, and the ny­lon sole pro­vides a for­giv­ing feel­ing un­der­foot, but they’re not as stiff as we’d like for huge trans­fers of power. There’s an off­set heel loop on the back that, in the­ory, should make it eas­ier to grab, yet the flimsy fab­ric sags down, even after some time spent af­fixed to our bike with elas­tic bands, so it wasn’t where we wanted it dur­ing a T1 mock-up. The strap also isn’t wide enough near the buckle with the po­ten­tial for it to slip through, which would be dis­as­trous in a race. Dig­ging through 220’ s archives, this was a prob­lem on a previous Dhb tri shoe over seven years ago. Over­all, the per­for­mance of the Trin­ity didn’t make the same state­ment as the fluro or­ange colour­way, but the price and ver­sa­til­ity will ap­peal to begin­ners who want a comfy up­per and may not be too fussed about the T1 fly­ing-mount cre­den­tials.

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