A few years ago, I rode the Kokopelli trail with some friends. I decided to take a single pair of shoes to lighten my load on my Knolly Endorphin (which is decidedly not a “bikepacking” bike). That pair of shoes was the 5.10 Kestrel Boa. I spent a few years riding in those shoes. They were stiff, durable, stylish, and sleek. More recently, I’ve given up the power of clipless shoes for the comfort and nuanced control of flat pedals. After a long term review of a carbon hardtail with very large, very sharp flat pedals (the Kona Wah Wah 2), I took a long, hard look at my shins. They are covered in scars and the tops of my socks stained with blood. It was time to see how the skills that flat pedals have shown me translated to clipless riding. I dug around my parts bin and found my old pedals, and then began to look for my old Kestrels. They were gone. I racked my brain and realized I had left them in Mammoth last summer. A week later, I got an email asking me to review the new version of the shoe. I was stoked, to say the least.
QUOC Pham’s shoes should need no introduction. Over the years, their clipless shoes have addressed many needs from their consumers, but QUOC, like all great companies, wasn’t satisfied with that alone. So began their newest project, the Weekend, the world’s first eco-performance cycling sneaker. Check out more in this Kickstarter video and if you’d like, back it at Kickstarter.
I must say, this time of year is one of my favorites in the cycling industry. Summer is nearly over and brands begin to push out their new products, eagerly awaiting the consumers’ reactions. When I saw the new Fizik Tempo Powerstrap R5 hit their webshop, I suddenly was excited for road shoes, since forever ago. At only 499 grams for a size 42, a sleek silhouette, easy to adjust velcro straps and a price of $119, these shoes hit a lot of marks, including an all-black design. See more at Fizik and holler at your local dealer for ordering.
Norse mythology is rich with tales of gods and wars, including Ragnarök, the final battle which finds the Earth battling with various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water. Not that your winter commute will signify the end of the world as we know it through submersion but that doesn’t mean your feet have to get wet and cold during your training, racing, and riding. The Ragnarök cycling shoe is an all-weather ally in the war against the elements, designed to keep your feet comfortable in 25ºF+ / -3ºC+ weather. Check out more details at 45nrth!
As part of its limited edition releases, DZR just launched their S24O clipless compatible sneaker. Pulling inspiration from outdoor hiking boots, the S24O is clad in a tan lightweight leather, utilizes lacing hooks at the ankle cuff, features a plaid liner, grippy gum sole, and offers on or off the bike comfort. The S24O is in stock for $149 at DZR.
Vans is sitting on a 40-year legacy in action sports and that gives its designers a lot to look to for inspiration. This includes colorways first worn and sported by its own BMX team riders in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. The BMX Checkerboard pack highlights the Era and Sk8-Hi, which are each outfitted in a two-tone color scheme and checkerboard printed sidewalls. These two models include throwback color references to the inception of the BMX and skate scene.
Look for the BMX Checkerboard Pack in June online at Vans and in select retailers.
Our friends at Quoc just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their new Gran Tourer All-Terrain clipless cycling shoes. This video has all the details you need to know, but that shouldn’t stop you from going to the Kickstarter page to see more!
If you missed out on this year’s custom Grinduro shoe offering from Giro, now’s your chance to get your hands on a pair of these vibrant kicks. Available only in the Code Techlace model, these are available for ordering now from your local shop, or online at Giro.
Giro has a few new products launching this year and next, but these are my favorite, hands down. These knit road shoes take design hints from sneaker companies and include both old and new colorways from Giro’s footwear catalog. For those looking for off-road knit shoes, the Empire Knit VR70 is coming out shortly as well. Check out more information at Giro.
Mavic’s latest limited release takes an artistic look at an iconic mountain climb – the Col d’Izoard. This climb’s hues and tones is a regular backdrop to the Tour and provides plenty of inspiration for road cyclists worldwide. See the entire Izoard collection at Mavic.
The newest shoes from Giro uses the best of both worlds by joining the convenience of a strap with the comfort of laces. The Sentrie Techlace uses an Easton EC70 carbon sole and a Boa system strap. Check out more information at Giro and expect your local dealers to receive stock later this year.
Cycling shoes need to be many things and it hasn’t been until recently that being reflective was even an option. If you love the Climber’s Shoes platform, but wanted a little bit more flash, be sure to check out the Reflective Climber’s Shoes. Available in a neon yellow and navy blue. See more at Rapha.
Photos by Josh Sawyer
Giro’s marketing manager, tandem slayer and all around bad-ass, Amanda Schaper wanted to add a bit of fairy dust to her already magical Tinker Bell costume for this weekend’s SSCXWC. She took her Empire VR90 ‘cross shoes and spent a few days masking off various layers of spray glue and sparkles. The end result is something else! If you’re going to the SSCXWC this weekend, make sure you give Tinker Bell a high five and a beer handup!
Check out more photos below of these awesome shoes below.
I almost don’t want to show you these, because as you might have guessed, they were a gift to “friends and family” of Bike Mag. Ever since architecture school, where I explored WWI razzle dazzle camouflage and its potential for a building’s façade I fell in love with the seemingly random pattern language. Since then I’ve enjoyed seeing it appear literally all over pop culture and now, the cycling industry.
My favorite dirt shoes are the Empire VR90s and while I’ll always default on black, these shoes are a piece of art. I’m honored to own a pair so to the crew at Giro and Bike Mag, thanks for making them happen! Check out more photos below.
It’s that time of year… Designed for wet weather commutes or trail rides, these new H2o sneakers from DZR merge the functionality of an SPD cycling shoe with the simplicity of a lace up sneaker. The H2o is vailable now in sizes from 37-47 and in a jet black silhouette. Check out more details below or check stock at DZR.
What is still, to this day the best bang for your buck MTB or ‘cross shoe, the Privateer just got a bit of a facelift. Introducing the Privateer R, the newly-designed shoe from Giro. I’m eager to check this one out in person!
While audax events may be incredibly challenging, the beauty is their non-competitive nature. Riders simply must complete the set distance within the time limit. This endurance sport has grown from its roots in the 19th century to still being popular today, with many major cities having their own randonneur club.
Specialized has been expanding their product line to move away from the “all pro all the time” look and shifting its sights onto fundurance and expedition style riding. The Audax is one of those shifts: a shoe meant for long distance rides. With, what feels to be a wider footbed, comfy fit, reflective hits and easy on-easy off Boa lash, the Audax has some great details.
Since I’ve only put a few rides in while wearing these shoes, I won’t give them a full review, but a detail photo and a short write-up should suffice for now. Now, why does a shoe named after audax riding have a road cleat and not an SPD cleat? I have no idea. Still, they do look a lot less race-oriented than other shoes in their product line. Available soon in a variety of colors from Specialized.