£275 > Team Sun­web-de­vel­oped pro-level shoes

Cycling Plus - - NEW KIT -

WITH THEIR WELDED MICROTEX UP­PER, Boa di­als and laser-cut vent­ing, Gi­ant’s Surge Pro shoes look like any other premium race footwear. It’s only when you flip them over that the dif­fer­ences ap­pear. They fea­ture car­bon soles with fore­foot plates that are wider and more rounded than most other shoes. But the thing that re­ally sets the Surge Pro soles apart is the nar­row ‘Ex­oBeam’ that links the wide fore­foot plate to the heel plate. It not only forms a spine be­tween the tip and tail of the soles, it also pro­vides a cen­tral an­chor point for the up­pers to give them a more rounded, nat­u­ral shape.

Most cy­cling shoes are made from a board­last con­struc­tion, where the up­per (the last) is at­tached to a flat board (the sole). Each of the up­pers on the Surge Pro shoes, how­ever, is stitched to­gether un­der­neath the foot to form a ‘slip’ that is sub­se­quently bonded to the cor­re­spond­ing sole.

Fit is ad­justed by twin Boa di­als, but with an added twist – Ex­oWrap. This is the name given to an ar­range­ment that sees the ca­bles from the lower Boa di­als threaded through not only the up­per but also an ex­tra, sep­a­rate flap of ma­te­rial that wraps around and be­neath the in­step. Tighten the as­so­ci­ated Boa dial and the Ex­oWrap pulls the lower part of in­step up and in to­wards your foot with­out pro­duc­ing any un­com­fort­able creases.

Your heel is held by a gen­er­ous lin­ing of fab­ric in the cups that grips tena­ciously. And it needs to grip well, as the shape of the up­pers and the thin­ness of the heel plates mean that your foot is able to rock nat­u­rally. This feels odd ini­tially but once you get used to the greater free­dom of move­ment the Surge Pro shoes of­fer (it helps if you tighten the up­per Boa dial more than you’d think nec­es­sary), they pro­vide a very com­fort­able yet stiff ride. To fur­ther aid fit, Gi­ant in­cludes vented in­soles with a choice of arch in­serts to pro­vide the right level of sup­port.

At 564g for a pair (size 45) they’re rea­son­ably light. We’d like to see a few more colour op­tions, as just all-black or all-white is lim­ited com­pared to the colours of­fered by the more es­tab­lished shoe brands. Mind you, Gi­ant’s Surge Elite shoes (£195) come in black and white or black and red colourschemes.

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