Who doesn’t want to wear Italian made shoes when riding? There is something to be said about the look, the feel and the fit that people, such as myself, are drawn to them. Diamant or DMT has been creating athletic footwear since 1978 with a focus on combining technology and design, as well, they have lent their expertise in engineering and development to Nike.
DMT sent over a pair of their 2011 Radial road shoes in the green and white color scheme. For those looking for a more down to earth color scheme, not to worry, white/silver, black/gold and silver/black are available, but I dig my green and white.
As you step into the Radials you draw down three hook and loop straps keeping you snug and comfortable. The straps have held up very well over the past few months with no accidental releases. Microfiber upper allows for great ventilation, keeping your feet dry and temperate. When it comes to winter type weather, I would suggest a shoe cover. The bed of the shoe is a perforated cushion that provides ample comfort. Under the insole is a anti-shock pad for your heel. When it comes to fit, for me, the width of the shoe fit well with just enough room and the overall size was spot on with other popular cycling shoes. On the external of the heel is a new support system DMT has added to provide more stability in all types of riding.
Flipping the Radials over, you have a CX Carbon Fiber sole. The sole is constructed of nine layers of Toray MR60 Carbon Fiber which will provide excellent energy transfer from your legs right into your pedals. Marked on the sole is a textured fitting grid for your Look or SpeedPlay cleat (depending of course which type you have), making for easy installation, avoiding cleat slippage and saving you the need for any cleat adapters! The fore and the aft of the sole has a guard to keep you upright when walking and that nice Carbon as scratch-less as possible.
Overall, the Radials are a great pair of road shoe for anyone looking for performance, comfort and good looks. A size 41 weighs in at 255 grams, so they are light weight. There are few online sites in the US that carry them for around $265 with a shoe bag, such as Glory Cycles and Competitive Cyclist. I’ve been very happy with the Radials and they have taken the place as my main shoe and besides the green grows on you…