Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 8

Pros:

  • Mouldable footbed
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • Top end of budget

Product:

Bontrager FXL Road

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£189.99

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Wider-fitting than the majority of European shoes, the RXL comes with the heat-mouldable inForm footbed.





Once you’ve ‘cooked’ the arch supports, hurriedly reassembled the shoes and put them on within 45 seconds, you’re left with a bespoke footbed that is every bit as comfortable as you’d imagine.

The finish and detailing are superb and the race-stiff Gold Series sole is topped off with an alignment grid that makes initial cleat set-up a doddle.

Verdict

The adjusters evenly distribute pressure across the foot while the ratchet and cleverly designed tongue hold the shoe snug. Budget won’t stretch this far? Try the RL (£129.99). Also available in black. www.bontrager.com