If you’ve not heard of Suplest they’re a relatively new brand of top quality cycling shoes (as used by Cadel Evans, Denis Menchov, Alberto Contador) founded in 2007 by Robert Gehrig and Daniel Balmer.
The combination of an ex-BMC employee and the other from a family of shoemakers has brought both style and quality, and the Subzero tri shoes scream both. They feature super stiff lightweight carbon soles so all your power is going where you want. It’s good to see Suplest have fitted bumpers front and rear to help protect the soles off the bike. Inside the insoles feature anatomical foot-beds with multi-density foam cushioning for a comfy issue-free ride. Sitting on this the lightweight upper does a great job of holding the foot and the micro fibre material is thicker in areas that need most support, while thinner in other areas to allow flexibility and comfort. Ultimately this means no pressure zones and a slipper-like fit.
While there are no mesh panels venting and two large drainage holes on the bottom mean there are no issues of water remaining inside or overheating. As for the straps the bottom one can be set and forgotten about, while the reverse top strap makes life easy and we had no issues of it hitting in the crank in our test size 42. This combined with the large loop on the rear makes getting in and out of them a doddle.
The 260g stylish looking Subzeros are a comfortable pair tri shoes that not only perform well, but are built to last.