New Specialized S-Works Vent EVO gravel shoes: designed for the heat

Mesh panels make a splash, but the sole is the same FACT carbon as the current S-Works Recon off-road shoes

Specialized S-Works Vent EVO gravel shoes
(Image credit: Specialized)

Following the launch earlier this week of an S-Works gravel tyre, the new S-Works Vent EVO two-bolt shoes underline Specialized’s heavy focus on off-road performance. 

Essentially, the S-Works Vent EVO is combining the “durability and technical innovation” of the S-Works Recon off-road shoes with the ventilation and breathability of the S-Works Vent road shoes – making for a high-performance off-road shoe for hot conditions.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg