Be the vortex.
Whether you train continuously and race only occasionally or find yourself eagerly anticipating next year's race lineup already, Diadora's Vortex-Pro II men's Shoes were designed to seamlessly transfer every one of your hard-earned watts directly to your pedals while you ride. They're Diadora's pro-level road cycling shoes, so they're crafted with the type of close attention to detail that we and the riders on Movistar — who are using this model in 2016 — expect from a shoe at this level. This updated version of the Vortex-Pro carries over many of the features ridden in races by the likes of Valverde and Quintana last year while incorporating a few well-executed improvements to the shoes' Suprell-Tech uppers to enhance an already impressive offering.
While this year's version still features the same effective mix of Suprell-Tech microfiber and ventilating Air Mesh on a contoured race last, the Vortex-Pro II's uppers now have subtler perforations with a matte finish — a nod to the recent explosion in popularity of matte paint schemes on frames. The Vortex-Pro has never been known for being the lightest pro-level shoe on the market, and the second version doesn't attempt to change that reputation. However, what you sacrifice in weight, you gain in stiffness, with the Vortex Pro II coming in at an incredibly rigid 12.0 on the stiffness scale.
The Vortex-Pro II's considerable rigidity can be attributed to its Pro Road outsole, which is made with full 3k carbon fiber. This outsole is then covered with Diadora's proprietary NET Breathing System, which keeps mud and debris out while encouraging ventilation. On the inside of the shoe, a perforated EVA foam insole adds shape and contouring along the arch and bottom of the foot, while a shaped heel cup keeps the shoe locked in place. Finally, two low-profile Boa dials — a feature that has become ubiquitous in pro-level shoes — allow you to fine-tune the fit quickly and easily before a ride or during one from the saddle.
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- Q & A
Great performing shoes but not at retail
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Size 42
I got the shoes brand new for a really decent price of $200 CAD. For that price I got more bang for my bucks than any shoes around. The sole is crazy stiff, the upper later is comfortable even with the BOA dials wrenched down. The dials are really good quality and stood up to a really bad crash of mine, the shoe's upper layer rips easier than my other cycling shoes in crashes but with regular use and care they will last a long time. The sole of the shoe has visible carbon in it which looks wicked and is really good quality. I usually wear size 41 in regular running shoes like Nike but I got a 42 in this to fit me nicely. The bottom scratches easily and the scratches show, so try your best not to walk with your shoes on sharp stones or off road. The ventilation is good, riding for 4+ hours in 25+ Celsius showed me no discomfort with overheating or uncomfortable feet inside the shoe. The inside material has a "fish scale" texture which helps keep your foot in when you wrench at the cranks in a sprint. The dual direction BOA dials are really great at adjusting mid ride.
One small gripe with the shoes are they run a tiny bit narrow near the front for my feet. I don't have particularly wide feet but I found that in the first few days my feet felt a tad constraint, this feeling went away with repeated use and breaking in the shoes.
Time will tell
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 46
…but here are some initial impressions. I have not ridden in them yet but will definitely follow up when I do. I tried a pair of last year's model in a local bike shop but it was the wrong size and not sure about the colors. I ordered a 46 cm based on feedback from the shop about the new model and it was close. I am returning for a 45.5 cm which would be true to size (11.5 US) if it fits. The upper has a really nice feel and the BOA dials work nicely (can adjust both ways). They seem plenty stiff and comfortable and light enough for me although they are not the lightest shoes out there. NOTE: the white pair with the green tongue is actually a Movistar team edition, at least I am assuming bcs it includes "Movistar" on the top of the tongue. This was not obvious when I ordered them and I am not a team kit kind of person so ordered the black/blue. Wish there were more color options. Will keep you posted.
I'm a 46 in Giro, would 46 also be appropriate for these?