Build quality and foot support really boosts the 2FO package
Launched in 2017, the Specialized 2FO 2.0 shoes are more flexible, much lighter and use a tackier sole than the first generation.
The latest generation 2FO comes in two flavours; with this pricier 2.0 model using thicker, more durable materials and targeted at downhill and enduro racing. Despite the rating, it’s pretty lightweight, with a flexible treaded sole that’s much stickier than older Specialized models.
The 2FO is more sculpted and shaped than a floppy skate-style shoe and extremely supportive. The wrap-round, deep heel cup really grips the ankle and the brand’s Body Geometry footbed cradles arches, angles the foot and spreads toes for all day comfort. The upper is reasonably stiff, but everything beds in nicely and loosens to match feet and pedals after a few rides.
There’s dense foam imbedded in the sides and toebox in case of stubbing or knocks, and the tough outside resists splashes as well as any product on test, and also dries quickly. Support against ankle roll, and overall security is spot on, bolstered by a textured-inside tongue that doesn’t wriggle and thick laces that stay firm when cranked down.
The latest formula of ‘SlipNot’ sole rubber is squidgy and sticky enough and has a tightly woven lug pattern that meshes nicely with flat pedal pins. The 2FO has outstanding shock absorption and on rough tracks the thicker shank prevents feet getting pummelled and tiring. The flipside to this is there’s plenty soft, conforming foam material between platforms and feet, and some riders will prefer a thinner sole (or even the more damped, rather than soft, sensation of the Freerider Pros) for more pedal feel.
This 2FO shoe is one of the best options if you prefer a more fitted, clip-style flat pedal shoe and want the best isolation and impact protection with good weather-proofing.