The Bont Riot + shoes promises to be the best entry level road shoe on the market, at just under £150 with bags of performance it's hard to argue against it
I’ve always been a big fan of Bont shoes starting with the harsh and very stiff Vaypor to eventually testing and enjoying its high end update the Vaypor S. However, I haven’t taken much interest in its lower level shoe the Bont Riot +, well until now.
At £149.99 the entry level claim from Bont will have many shouting ‘that’s not entry level money’, although, to be fair to Bont and its Riot + road cycling shoes, getting as much technology and performance at that price point, which does rival shoes at much higher price points is no easy task.
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I’ve never needed to heat mould my Bont shoes, I’ve been very happy with them straight out of the box and that continues with the Bont Riot +’s. Though, if you do find something amiss you can heat mould these as many time as you like. It is more fine tuning than transforming the shoe’s fit, however.
The trickle down effect of technology is evident, not only do the Bont Riot +’s do away with the ratchet system for a Boa tightening system – that allows for a better overall secure fit – it also sees it incorporate a ‘power transfer platform and anatomical shaping with competition grade materials’.
The sole is a mixture of carbon and fibreglass which offers up a massive amount of stiffness that which can match high end full carbon models. Better still compared with the original Vapor shoes they allow for a little more comfort and a little less overall stiffness meaning more feet should suit these booties.
Sticking with the sole – that base does scratch quiet easily, which is annoying and those scratches really do show. My only other small gripe is that the material on the top of the shoe can bunch if not set right.
You do get an option of five colours; lime/charcoal, matt black/black, mega crimson/khaki, midnight/mega crimson and pearl white/black and they also come in all sizes from 39 to 50 not including half sizes.
Ok to be fair £149.99 is pushing the boundaries of what everyone considers an entry level road shoe but its performance excels beyond this price.