Bontrager RXXXL Limited Edition shoes review

Bontrager RXXXL Limited Edition shoes
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The RXXXLs are clearly intended as racing shoes only and excel (pun intended) in this area provided they fit you, but they're probably a little spartan for daily riding. Keep them for competition. SS Contact: www.bontrager.com

Reasons to buy
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    Delightfully fuss-free

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    Lightweight

Reasons to avoid
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    May 'bag up' on narrow feet

We cyclists are quite embarrassing enough without borrowing the wife's hairdryer to re-mould our footbeds, so hooray for a back-to-basics approach to shoes.

It's not just our blushes these Bontragers spare - it's quite a few grams, by stripping away excess material, ratchet systems, bulky heel cups and the rest of the paraphernalia.

What we're left with is a 200g slipper with a very lightweight synthetic mesh single-seam upper called InForm, bonded to the carbon sole and secured to the foot with three Velcro straps.

For a narrow foot like mine, there's unfortunately a bit of untidy bagging around the front strap. As you would expect, they're not favourite-armchair comfortable, but it's an acceptable trade-off for their light weight.