They’re not quite in stock yet, but I like the looks of the new Rapha Climber’s Shoes. Based off the new Prolight SLX EC90 SLXII sole and footbeds, these perforated cycling shoes shed weight and maintain stiffness where it’s needed. Coming soon (like in a few weeks) from Rapha.
Even though the Radavist is based in Austin, Texas, I’ve put in more than enough time riding in inclement weather in NYC. I wish, back then, that I had footwear like the 45NRTH offerings. Check out this video for some insight into their lineup.
DZR’s shoes got an upgrade with a fiberglass shank and a molded heal cup, not to mention a limited edition camo colorway. They’ll even add the cleats of your choice to the order. See more at DZR.
45NRTH‘s Fasterkatt shoes have seen some changes for this year’s release…
Wow. Just wow. It’s pretty tempting to spring on these, especially since my new cross bike is going to be this color! See more at Backcountry.
I really love my limited edition Giro Empire MTB shoes, but like all of my current shoes, when compared to the Vibram Terraduros, I wish they had more grip for walking over slippery rocks and loose roots.
Giro’s really going for it with the Vibram soles on their forthcoming shoe line and included in the bunch are the new Empire VR90 shoes. Shown here in a limited edition blaze orange.
I’ve been putting in some trail time with these and all I can really say is so far, so good. See a few more photos and more words below.
Man, I love the injection of Vibram technology in MTB shoes. Giro’s new Alpineduro™ boot looks perfect for the approaching winter time shred sessions and even just around town, cold weather jaunts. Here are the specs:
Breathable microfiber and waterproof liner, PrimaLoft Insulation, Lace closure with lace holder, Rubber tow and heel reinforcement, Reflective details
Molded SPD-compatible shank with optimized stout cleat zone, Vibram® wet weather high traction lugged outsole, Optional cleat cover for flat pedal use, Flexible forefoot zone for walking
Brushed EVA Footbed with X-Static anti-microbial treatment
440 grams (size 42.5)
In stock now at Giro!
Wait a second, what’s this? That’s not a cross shoe?!
“Continuing the partnership in footwear with Giro, Rapha are launching our first cyclocross-specific shoe. Built on the EC90 carbon outsole used by Giro’s current range of MTB/Cross footwear, the upper of the shoe has been developed for the rigors of racing with a rubberized heel and toe-cap and aggressive outsole cleats for getting through the mud. Aesthetically clean and refined, the colors of Rapha Super Cross are woven into the shoe’s upper.”
Don’t miss out on the Rapha Cross Collection and see more of the actual shoes below!
Look, helmets are cool and all – they do save your life – but I still can’t get over how rad Giro’s new Empire VR90 shoes look. It’s like someone plucked my ideal MTB shoe from my brain and hit the print button.
Check out more color options and factoids at Giro. While you’re there. Poke around for more fall / winter 2014 releases…
A few years back, I posted about these shoes, which I still have in my possession (obviously). While they’re no longer NOS – after a few rides on the track bike – they are in still pristine condition. As a matter of face, I have all three of these shoes in the “Related” sidebar, all sitting in my office now after living in storage containers for years. I’m not sure what sparked this particular Merckx Mondays, other than seeing Golden Saddle Cyclery using their Merckx Adidas shoe box to hold limes when I was in LA last week…
Nothing wrong with that!