Having been the last to get a major update since its introduction for 2015, Suplest’s trail oriented Off Road lineup has a new top level mountain biking shoe on the way for next season. It builds on some of the tech they’ve developed on their road and XC racing shoes, but does so keeping the price affordable enough for the regular trail rider.
On the road side they’ve also added more value, with a new carbon soled Edge3 Road – Performance shoe the drops back to a single Boa dial closure but trims more than a quarter of the price off of the to top Road-Pro shoe. Rounding out the rest of the 2017 line-up, Suplest reworks their naming scheme for more clarity, and updates colors on everything from track to trail…
The Off Road family of shoes from Suplest is supposed to transition more smoothly off the bike, and one of it hallmarks is surely that they are more walkable than the other ranges. While that had meant a bit of a loss in performance clipped into the pedals, the new Off Road-Pro aims to remedy that. The new shoe still has a design that should look good off the bike, but it gets an improved, and stiffened sole to better balance riding and the occasional hike-a-bike.
The new Off Road-Pro was designed to satisfy all-mountain trail riding demands that face most real-world mountain bikers. Built for durability, the shoe is constructed on top of a reinforced nylon shank so that it pedals like an XC shoe, but then wrapped in a fully lugged SUPtraction rubber outsole to deliver grip on wet and loose surfaces off the bike. The shoe’s fit is secured with a single Boa L6 dial and one velcro strap atop a conventional tongue layout.
The Off Road-Pro gets a water-resistant, thermowelded polyurethane Microfiber upper with a laser-perforated toe box and mesh sides for ventilation. It gets wrap-around toe and instep reinforcement to protect itself from trail and pedal impacts. The new top trail riding shoe will be available in an all black version, and this walnut brown/neon yellow for 200€.
Hailing from Bern, Switzerland, Suplest is known mostly for its high-end road shoes, however the small brand also has a few off-road kicks, including the X1 Pro Trail shoes.
A far cry from the brand's uber stiff Edge3 Pro range of kicks, the X1 Pro Trail shoesare less about laying down watts, and more about finding the balance between on bike and walking performance and comfort.
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