You can’t really go wrong with either pair of these triathlon-specific cycling shoes from Louis Garneau which cover both ends of the spectrum in terms of price. The entry-level Tri Speed offers lots of high-end features including the Louis Garneau Patented Multivent system, a neoprene tongue, two reversed Velcro straps so you won’t get them caught in either your spokes or your chain as you’re dismounting your bike and interchangeable insoles.
The heat-moldable (all you need is a conventional oven) Tri-300, on the other hand, pulls out all the stops to offer the ultimate in tri-shoe comfort and performance. The Power Flex Strap system uses vented offset positioned straps that extends from the inside arch to the outer tendons to secure placement and reduce pressure. There’s anExo-Jet Carbon outsole with silver fibers to reflect heat along with flexible carbon arch supports for comfort. It’s easy to pull on as you head out of T1 thanks to the stiff and easy to grab rear pull hoop.
Revenge Outdoor $55
FuelBelts have been standard fare for Ironman champions and competitors for years – this year the lightweight Revenge series enjoys a trail-specific addition. The Revenge Outdoor comes with one or two cleverly designed molded holsters that allow you to get the bottles in and out with just one hand. The ventilated air flow padding keeps things comfortable, while the spacious zippered interior pocket and stretch-mesh zippered exterior pocket give you lots of room for keys, bars, gels or whatever else you might need along the way.