2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Cycling Shoes

Photo: John David Becker

Louis Garneau Tri X-Lite

$200, Louisgarneau.com
The draw: Stiffness and low weight

Fast and efficient out on the road, the Tri X-Lite shoes are also quick in transition due to the best heel loop on the market and its simple closure. The direction of the strap, however, is potentially problematic because it can interfere with the crankset. The off-center design minimizes this risk and also reduces hot spots. Mid-width and narrow feet will fit best. The sole has fore- and mid-foot vents to assist in ventilation and drainage. A small loop on the side of the shoe helps suspend it for a flying mount.