Fact carbon sole / X-link closure system / Micromatrix mesh and synthetic leather upper / toe studs and bag included / sizes: 39 – 48 full sizes only / weight: 762g (size 44) / Contact: www.specializeduk.com
The newest feature on the Specialized Pro Mtb shoe is the X-link closure system. It has a two-position ratchet buckle but the clever bit is where the strap is anchored to the upper as it allows you to fine tune the fore/aft position and reach of the strap so that it doesn’t cut into your ankle.
The Umma Gumma outer sole has been replaced with one where the knobs don’t brake off at random, and a knurled finish on the mid-section of the sole stops your foot sliding on the pedal. The shoe comes with the Body Geometry Plus foot bed as standard for the lowest level of arch support. If you want more arch support Specialized has two more foot beds available after market for £24.99 a pop.
Even if the Pro Mtb isn’t the lightest carbon shoe on the market the combination of the adjustable strap closure system, padded tongue, roomy square toe box and performance foot beds make it the most comfortable high-end shoe we’ve tested.
MBR rating: 10/10