Diadora X Vortex-Racer II Shoes - Mens - Road Bike Shop
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Diadora X Vortex-Racer II Shoes - Men's
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If you're running on a self-sponsored cyclist's budget but still need shoes that can take a beating on the trails or ferry you across sandpits and run-ups in your next 'cross race, we'd consider the Diadora X Vortex-Racer II Shoes. Far from an entry-level shoe, the X Vortex-Racer II features much of the same technology as its pro-level sibling, the X Vortex-Pro, striking a desirable middle ground that makes it possible not to sacrifice quality for the sake of a budget. Diadora's Suprell-Air Mesh uppers provide a slim, race-ready fit around the top of the foot in the X Vortex-Racer II. The synthetic material features ample perforations as well as strategically-placed mesh paneling to help encourage airflow whether you're riding deep in the trees or along a moonscape of breezy, exposed rock gardens. Like Diadora's other top-end shoes, the X Vortex-Racer II is built on Diadora's contoured Race Last, a fit that is further complemented by a Boa dial and hook-and-loop strap, which allow for minute adjustments across the sensitive areas along the instep. The key difference between the X Vortex-Racer II and its pricier siblings is, of course, the former's composite-reinforced soles. These outsoles won't have the unmatched rigidity of full carbon, but at 6. 0 out of 12. 0 on the stiffness index, they'll dutifully transfer power from your feet to the pedals without feeling like they're going to give out. With a claimed weight of just 320g per shoe, you can rest assured that the lack of carbon doesn't detract from the X Vortex-Racer II's race-ready quickness.