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Bontrager RL Road Shoes
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  • Color: Black
  • Color: White

Bontrager RL Road Shoes

2015/2016

Product Rating
 
4.5 stars
 (9 Reviews)
$109.99
$189.99
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2015/2016 Bontrager RL Road Shoes

Bontrager's RL Road Shoes deliver the features to maximize your ride. They boast Bontrager's stiff, supportive Silver Series carbon soles for plenty of pedaling power and ergonomic inForm footbeds that cradle you in comfort. Meanwhile, Bontrager's breathable inForm uppers feel great and feature tongues that extend to the toes for an awesome fit. And, you'll love the secure ratcheting buckles, Velcro strap closures and custom heel cups, too.

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    Option Barcode Manufacturer's Part Number Store SKU
    Black / 43 00768682391044 435575 435575
    Black / 44 00768682391082 435577 435577
    Black / 42.5 00768682391020 435574 SHO31931561K
    Black / 45 00768682391129 435579 435579
    Black / 46 00768682391167 435581 435581
    Black / 47 00768682391181 435582 SHO3049913K
    Black / 48 00768682391204 435583 435583
    Black / 44.5 00768682391105 435578 SHO31570326K
    Black / 45.5 00768682391143 435580 435580
    Black / 41 Wide 00768682391563 435601 SHO34482417K
    White / 45 00768682391426 435594 435594
    White / 46 00768682391464 435596 435596
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    4.5 stars

    (based on 9 reviews)

    77%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    Pros

    • Simple to use  (5)
    • Well ventilated  (4)
    • Comfortable  (3)
    • Stiff sole  (2)
    • Durable Sole  (2)

    Cons

    • Cheap construction 
    • Faulty buckles 
    • Low overall quality 
    • Not Available In High Vis 
    • Chilly On A Cold Day 

    Best Uses

    • Long-distance riding  (5)
    • Everyday riding  (4)
    • Sprinting  (3)
    • Road Biking  (3)
    • Climbing  (3)

    Reviewed by 9 customers

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    5.0

    Love these

    By Ollie

    from Andover, MA

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Comfortable Tongue
    • Great Buckle System
    • Good Fit
    • Stiff Sole

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuter shoes
      • Everyday riding
      • Long-distance riding

      Comments:

      I have two pairs of these since I like these so much, and most bike shoe companies seem to be moving away from buckle systems like this in favor of BOA systems. I find these traditional buckles much more comfortable than the BOAs, which put pressure in the wrong places and dig in. I also like the thin tongue on these shoes, that is very comfortable. Good stiff sole provides lots of power.

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      2.0

      Low Quality

      By BD

      from Vancouver

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Well Ventilated
      • Simple to Use

      Cons

      • Faulty Buckles
      • Cheap Construction
      • Low Overall Quality

      Best Uses

      • Everyday riding

      Comments:

      Low quality materials and manufacture. Buckles faulty and straps tear. Cheap.

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      5.0

      A good price for someone with big feet

      By Billy TooTall

      from New Britain, CT

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Attractive Design

      Cons

      • Not Available In High Vis

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments:

      My thought was tthat for a really great pair of road shoes you had to spend over $200. NOT TRUE!! The Bontrager RL's are light weight, good looking, and most of all comfortable :-). And the 48 Wides fit my size 14 feet perfectly. I also like the fact that you can repalce the outside heel pads. Yes we all walk more than we should in these shoes ! The stiff soles give a nice power transfer. I did want them in high visibility but not available in 48W.

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      5.0

      Very Comfortable right out of the box

      By Larry

      from Andover, MA

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Split Tongue Construction
      • Great fit
      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Chilly On A Cold Day

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking

      Comments:

      The split tongue on this shoe is much more comfortable than the fat tongue on the Specialized road shoes at the same price point. The buckle system on these works great with no hassle - again, much better than the BOA system on the Specialized shoes. I have a medium width foot and these shoes are perfect. The toes felt cramped when I first tried them on, but immediately felt fine once I went for a ride. The are snug but not tight, with no movement internally. No pressure points or blisters after riding with them 4 days in a row, at 20 to 36 miles per day. They are light weight with a stiff sole - they feel very fast.

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      4.0

      plain old and simple

      By jam

      from lakewood nj

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Handles Well
      • Comfortable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Biking

        Comments:

        at first wasnt too excited to buy them primaraly because of the price tag but i did it and its a great shoe my first tour i did was a two day 175 tour its was airy breathable comfortable and light the second day it poured and the shoe did not feel any heavier and sluggish worked great and dried well and maintained their shape and structure plus i got compliments on their looks ;)

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        2.0

        Buckle problems

        By kyrider

        from Lexington, KY

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Durable Sole
        • Well Ventilated
        • Simple to Use

        Cons

        • Finicky Closures

        Best Uses

        • Long-distance riding

        Comments:

        I like the shoe. Good fit. Good ventilation. Good stiffness. Have worn it for several century rides with no problems. But I had a spill about a month ago and the top buckle got torn off. So I ordered new buckles. They came as the new low-profile buckles, different than the originals. Simply put, they don't hold. I can't ratchet them up to any significant tightness. Most disappointing was the local bike store's response. I took them in and showed how they slip and the technician there went through a bunch of machinations to try to prove that they didn't slip. They still slip. I had the old buckles and they were fine. The new buckles are not. The shoe, however, was good. But it's kind of hard to recommend a shoe whose closure does not hold

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        5.0

        Better than anything else for the price

        By Gearqueer

        from Mt Pleasant. SC

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Highly adjustable buckle
        • Fits perfectly
        • No pressure points
        • Well Ventilated
        • Carbon sole is supportive
        • Super comfortable
        • Simple to Use
        • Carbon sole is stiff

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • Sprinting
        • Long-distance riding
        • Everyday riding
        • Climbing

        Comments:

        I have been wearing a competitor's highest end shoe for two years (315 dollars new). Even thought the shoe itself was comfortable and the lightest in its day (2010), the company insisted that every shoe needed an angled sole to promote proper knee alignment. I could never get the angle to match my pedal stroke and therefor was always missing some power to my left pedal. After one ride in my new RL Road shoes, I can't believe a shoe that costs 100+ dollars less could be so much better. Bontrager did an excellent job of redesigning the heel cup and the ankle strap to hold perfectly without having tighten to the point of discomfort. The new buckle system is micro adjustable and there were no pressure points under any circumstances. The carbon sole is top notch. Light weight, stiff, comfortable. This shoe is an excellent addition to any cyclists equipment and light/stiff enough for race day if you only have the one pair.

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        4.0

        Great Quality Shoes

        By Ron

        from Washington, DC

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Well Ventilated
        • Simple to Use
        • Durable Sole

        Cons

        • Hard to Walk In

        Best Uses

        • Climbing
        • Sprinting
        • Long-distance riding

        Comments:

        I loved them from the first time I tried them on and enjoyed riding with them. Like any road shoes with stiff soles, you need to be careful when walking on smooth surfaces. However, for the price Bontrager should've made them adaptable for SPD cleats. There are 'similar' lower-end models with both options to use Look/SPD-SL or SPD cleats that cost less. Overall, great shoes that I'm sure will last me a long time.

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        5.0

        The Best Shoe for the money!

        By G-Man

        from Ogden, Utah

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Pros

        • Simple to Use
        • Stiff sole

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sprinting
          • Everyday riding
          • Long-distance riding
          • Climbing

          Comments:

          This shoe is very well built for the money. Excellent carbon sole, stylish leather upper, insert and bed is one of the best I have seen.

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