My old shoes have died. They were lightweight, XC and absolutely knackered. I am neither particularly lightweight nor XC, so was delighted to be given the opportunity try something a bit different, the Bontrager Rally.
The styling is not something that I would have normally chosen, with laces and a Velcro over-strap to keep things tidy. The first thing I noticed when picking them up was the weight, or rather lack of it. 450g each including cleat, about the same as my regular trainers, compared to 420g for their “racy” predecessors. There are some nice styling details, the orange printing and the rectangular lace holes in particular have a bit of an “oooh” factor about them. However, if the strap was 30mm longer it would cover the Velcro on the shoe body which would a) Make them look even better and b) Stop bits of fluff, grass seeds and other rubbish sticking to them. As these aren’t exactly cheap I’m sure that they could have spent a few more pence on this.
The uppers are a synthetic that looks like rubber, but isn’t, with bumpers front and rear. The soles are stiff, but not carbon XC stiff, with little in the way of tread so pushing up a muddy slope could provide a few moments of hilarity for your cycling mates.
Ventilation is via the meshed fabric of the tongue as the body of the shoe is solid apart from a handful of curious little holes, more of which later. On the inside there is plenty of cushioning and the tongue is held in place by an elasticated strip to stop it wandering off to the side, but it doesn’t act as a barrier to dirt or water ingress.
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