Weighing in at a mere 235g (for 1/2 pair size 42), the completely redesigned Specialized BG S-Works Road Shoe ($350) has become a favorite amongst pro riders searching for the best in comfort, fit, and efficiency. So, what better way to check in on the fervor than don a pair ourselves?
The S-Works Road Shoe features Specialized’s Body Geometry (BG) technology. This technology incorporates 3D pedaling imagery to help correct alignment issues while improving both comfort and enhancing performance. Additional features include the FACT 12.0 unidirectional carbon fiber sole that optimizes stiffness for efficient power transfer while reducing weight, an ultra vented tongue for maximum breathability, and a water-resistant Micromatrix upper for added comfort and support.
Like the FootJoy ICONs we tested, the Specialized BG S-Works Road Shoes come equipped with BOA technology. These road slippers however, feature not just one, but two new BOA S1-M dials per shoe. The top dial locks down your ankle and heel while the lower dial keeps your forefoot in check. The separate dials are great for relieving tension and pressure during a long ride and ensure you’ve got the perfect fit from the first mile to the last. Best of all, the BOA S1-M dials rotate in both directions allowing you to loosen AND tighten on the fly.
After testing the Specialized BG S-Works Road Shoe for a few weeks, this pair of road shoes ranks as one of the best pairs this writer has ever worn. It’s hard to come away with any other impression and it’s easy to see why top riders like Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck sport these kicks.
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