Photo: Oliver Baker

Scott Tri Carbon


$250, Backcountry.com

The draw: Adjustable insole

It can be tricky to add arch support to a cycling shoe without adding bulk. Scott solves that problem on the Tri Carbon with integrated, Velcro-on inserts so you can swap them out for more or less support. The Boa closure ensures a snug fit and quick exit, but can take two to three pedal strokes to get it dialed down. Power transfer is excellent, and these’ll keep even the narrowest feet from slipping—but the stiff top of the shoe may aggravate bonier sockless feet.