2012 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Cycling Shoes

  • By Christopher Kautz & Aaron Hersh
  • Published Apr 12, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM UTC

Pearl Izumi Tri Fly III Carbon $180
When you clip in and start pedaling, you’ll immediately notice the incredibly stiff carbon sole. A crease in the sole gives it superior vertical stiffness. The mid-foot and toe box have a slightly narrow fit and ventilation so good it will leave tan lines on the top of your foot. The unique closure system has two Velcro straps running in opposite directions. The main strap can be locked open for speedy transitions, which are also aided by the nylon heel strap.

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