BONTRAGER Velocis Road Shoes
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Fly up the climbs and kill the sprints with the Velocis road shoe. It's everything most roadies need in a shoe: light, stiff, and well ventilated.
Built around the exclusive inFormâ„¢ last, which has the ideal amount of toe spring to lock and stabilize the foot, Bontrager cycling shoes are designed to be the best fitting, most comfortable shoes on the market. High-performance outsoles provide superior energy transfer and efficiency, while the inForm patterned uppers provide a fine-tuned fit, regardless of foot volume or width.
- inForm Pro last: ergonomically optimised, high-performance fit tailored for precision comfort and ultimate pedalling efficiency
- reSilver Series Carbon sole: Carbon/fibreglass composite sole balances stiffness and efficiency with affordability
- Stiffness index 10
- Lightweight, precise 2-way adjustable Boa IP1 dial closure system
- Synthetic uppers with Lightning Mesh panels
- Unconditional Bontrager Guarantee
The Bontrager Velocis road shoe is also available in all black and white (see pictures). Please contact us for details.
Bontrager Velocis shoes review, Cycling Weekly magazine, June 2015:
"You can spend a lot more than £169.99 on a pair of cycling shoes, but I'm not sure why you would when these brand new Bontrager shoes offer such a compelling package. These may have only a rating of 10 on Bontrager's 'stiffness index' (compared to the 14 of the high-end XXX Road shoes), but it's more than enough for racing at a good level, without any discomfort on longer rides.
Comfort is also improved by the level of adjustment offered by the Boa dial, which is easy to alter on the move, even with gloves."
Score: 9 (out of 10)
Bontrager Velocis shoes review, road.cc, August 2015 (see here):
"Their understated yet classy design help the Bontrager Velocis road shoes compete in a market where classic lace-up designs are on the up and image is everything. They look good, and the price isn't too bad considering the features they pack in.
I'm a bit of a fan of Bontrager's â€˜Electric Salmon' colour, but the simple black and white options with minimal logos on the uppers will appeal to those who like a more understated look.
The uppers are white, very white (or black/pink, very black/pink). My first impression was that they were going to get spotted with tar and road grime then go a grubby looking grey, but the shiny character of the synthetic upper has meant a quick going over with a baby wipe has kept them looking fresh.
There's mesh ventilation up over the top of the toe, and perforated side panels, which are ridged, presumably to direct airflow towards the perforations. They're neither terribly warm nor cold, which means they've been well suited to the Scottish summer. I'd possibly want a more ventilated shoe for extended use in higher temperatures.
The sole is a high-gloss carbon/fibreglass composite, with a large Bontrager logo stretching diagonally across the base. Unfortunately, there are minimal markings for cleat positioning, which makes aligning cleats fairly fiddly. There are markings, but they sit under the body of the cleat, which means you don't get any reference points. Extending the markings to sit outside the cleat contact area would really help.
Heel and toe strikers help protect the shiny sole from scratches and to give purchase when walking. As with all road shoes with shiny soles, it takes a bit of an effort to keep this clean and walking over a gravel drive will inevitably start pitting the finish.
Bontrager has given the sole a stiffness index of 10, which would ??" at first glance ??" suggest they are the stiffest shoe Bontrager offers. But actually they sit somewhere within the upper range of stiffness: the index goes all the way beyond 11 (for the Spinal Tap fans out there) up to a heady 14. For a combination of general fast road riding and racing at amateur level, though, the stiffness factor of 10 should give any rider enough support. It certainly feels as though your feet are well connected to the pedal platform, with very little deflection when sprinting or climbing. This doesn't mean that they're flexible, as they are very far from being bendy.
The trade-off for a modicum of compliance in the sole is that they are very, very comfortable. Inside the shoe, the platform is fairly flat, so there's no Bont-style arch support, which will no doubt suit many riders. If you want more arch support, Bontrager offers an insole that can be heat-moulded to tune the bed of the shoe to your feet. The toe box is generous but not overly so, and there's a decent amount of adjustment in the front Velcro strap to make sure you get a secure feel across the front of your feet.
The Boa IP1 closure system is a very effective way of getting an even spread of pressure over most of the upper, and it's extremely easy to get right with a simple ratchet system to tighten and release pressure in small increments. To remove the shoe, you pull the Boa dial outwards and it immediately gets rid of any tension in the system, so the shoe can be pulled off rapidly. Having always used traditional ratchet systems, I found the Boa dial a great improvement and it's something I'll be looking for in the future when it comes to picking shoes.
They're not the absolute lightest shoe on the market, but they're also no heavyweights, and the technology that Bontrager has managed to pack into them is reflected in the pricing. At £169.99 they're not a cheap option, but they are very attractive."
Effectively priced and feature-packed shoe with lasting good looks
4.5 stars (out of 5)
Bontrager Velocis shoes review, Cyclist magazine, July 2015 (see here):
"With the ability to take advantage of Trek Bicycles' vast R&D budget, Bontrager is rapidly developing a reputation for high quality cycling shoes to rival more established manufacturers. At £169.99, Bontrager's latest offering, the Velocis, sits in the middle of its range as a performance-level shoe that remains competitively priced. The Velocis was designed to be light, stiff and well ventilated ??" versatile enough to perform well in most circumstances on the bike.
The shoe's lightweight carbon/fiberglass composite sole is not the stiffest Bontrager offer, rated 10 out of 14 on Bontrager's â€˜stiffness index', and during hard efforts a small amount of flex was discernable through the sole. Although not ideal for race sprints, in every other scenario this does not subtract from the shoes' performance: it aided comfort and contributed to an engaging level of ride feedback.
The Boa closure system is efficient and elegant, allowing you to quickly and easily fine-tune the fit of the astutely designed upper. I found the rudimentary Velcro strap slightly at odds with the precise Boa system but nonetheless it was an effective method to adjust the fit around the toe box. It is worth noting that the closure systems were never required for wholesale adjustment of the upper, thanks in large part to the level of ergonomic research that has informed its design: Bontrager's inForm Pro Last fit technology.
The upper is top quality but as with many other cycling shoes nowadays, the insole supplied with the shoes is about as much use as a chocolate fireguard, providing sparse comfort and no arch support. However Bontrager do offer a heat-moldable inForm footbed optimized for Bontrager shoes that I would say is well worth the upgrade cost and would make this shoe hard to beat for comfort and support at this price point.
Finally, Lightening Mesh panels over your toes and a perforated tongue do a reasonable job of regulating temperature, meaning the Velocis fulfills it's remit as a shoe for nearly all riding occasions, whatever the level or duration. And don't worry gentlemen - they aren't pink, they are â€˜electric salmon'."
The Bontrager Velocis is a superb mid-range offering from the American giants.
4.5 stars (out of 5)
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