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S-Works 7 Vent Road Cycling Shoe
The Specialized S-Works 7 Vent Road Cycling Shoe is one of those pieces of art that doesn't have to bid for your attention — it just knows it has it. The 7 Vent doesn't hide its intent either, as it takes all the superpowers of the S-Works 7 and adds precision airflow through strategically vented channels. Designed for peak-summer rides that make every small creek on your route looks like a five-star resort, the 7 Vent layers Dyneema Mesh on the upper and tongue to provide cooling airflow and a stretch-resistant structure for optimal fit and power transfer. Specific to the 7 Vent is the Vented Mouthport, which mirrors a vehicle's front grill and ports air directly into the front of the toe box — which if you've ever had suffocated toes, you'll know how valuable this feature will be.
Specialized drops the — symbolic — bottom out of the 7 Vent with massive ports that set themselves apart from other vented soles on the market with not only mesh screening but also fully open ports to quickly shed heat buildup. Excellent stiffness from the FACT Powerline carbon removes any doubt about whether your watts are going to the pedals, and the 7 Vent begs for breakaway attempts and monster sprint efforts.
During those high-power efforts, the PadLock heel cradle and BOA S3-Snap dials keep your feet stable and comfortable. Specialized uses pro-peloton athletes' feedback and adds the hook-and-loop strap to the forefoot, which affords you a maximal range of fitting from ankle to toe.
The 7 Vent comes in at 230 grams per shoe at the 42 size to keep you moving on the climbs, and a two-year warranty so you can put them to the test.
- Pro-peloton carbon road shoe that puts your feet on ice
- Exceptional venting channels effortlessly move air into the shoe
- Supple yet stretch-resistance upper closes down for ideal fit
- Extremely stiff carbon sole transfer power to the pedals
- BOA dial closures for that adjust-on-the-fly quality
- Lightweight design keeps you sprightly on the climbs
- Item #SCQ00EF
- Upper Material
- Dyneema Mesh, stretch mesh, TPU
- BOA S3-Snap Fit System
- Body Geometry
- FACT Powerline
- Cleat Compatibility
- Claimed Weight
- [1/2 pair, size 42] 230g
- Recommended Use
- road cycling
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 2 years
What do you think about this product?
October 23, 2020
Hot Shoes Cool Feet (I'm punny)
If you want to spend $400+ on a pair of cycling shoes, you're spoiled for choice. Sidi, Shimano, Lake, Bont, Fizik, Bontrager, Giro, and countless others all make great shoes. Zeroing in on the right pair is tricky, and even though it's a good problem, it's still a problem. I do my best to review shoes on their objective merits. I can't guarantee that the S-Works, or any other shoe will play nicely with your feet. That being said, personal comfort aside, I think that these are the shoe to beat. I'd argue that based on 4 points. 1. These are as-stiff or stiffer than any shoe I've ever ridden (RC9, Shot, Empire, 402). 2. The Specialized-specific boas are hands-down better than anything else I've ever used 3. The dyneema vented upper is killer 4. The footbed can be adapted to fit your foot perfectly. One note would be that if you live in a 4 season climate, and these are going to be your only shoe, the normal S-Works 7 would probably be a better bet, since the vented upper would make it diffucult to keep your feet warm below 50-60 degrees. I should also specify that while I think these beat out Shimano's old S-Phyre (my historical favorite,) I haven't had a chance to ride the new 902s. That said, I can't imagine them being better than the S-Works. I really do believe that these are the shoes to beat today.
October 6, 2020
Great Road shoe
- I returned this product before using it
- True to size
- Size Bought
- 5` 8"
- 150 lbs
Vents are definitely better for hotter riding weather. Can be good for long distance triathlons as well. The Boa dials don't pop up for an easier transition though if it made a difference in your race time... you'd be sponsored 🤣 If looking for a long distance road shoe for triathlon. Take a look at the Giro Imperial.