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S-Works EXOS Cycling Shoe
Weighing in at right around 300 grams per pair, the S-Works EXOS Cycling Shoes are the lightest we've ever seen come through the shop. Specialized pulled out all the stops to make these shoes feathery light without sacrificing support or power transfer, and though the fit might not be quite as secure as the race-oriented S-Works 7's, the weightless feeling and slipper-like comfort they provide is truly unrivaled among high-end cycling shoes.
To get the weight down to the 150g mark per shoe, Specialized employs Finite Element Analysis and pressure mapping to shave all unnecessary material from the carbon sole while maintaining a high level of stiffness and pedaling efficiency. For the uppers, space-grade Dyneema mesh is used which is incredibly strong and lightweight and won't deform or stretch under power. The heel cup is removed to save even more weight, replaced by CubicTec reinforcements that mold to your heel to prevent slippage. The toe box is also removed, replaced by a Warp Sleeve vamp that not only sheds grams but also improves comfort in the forefoot area.
Despite the minimalist approach, the S-Works EXOS Shoes still come equipped with Specialized's Body Geometry technology that claims to improve comfort and reduce your chance of chronic injury. Defining elements include a Longitudinal Arch support that boosts your power output, a built-in Varus Wedge that improves knee alignment while pedaling, and a Metatarsal Button that alleviates numbness and hot spots.
- Sleek, minimalist road shoes that shave every possible gram
- Ultralight carbon sole maximizes stiffness and power transfer
- Dyneema mesh uppers offer a barely-there feel while riding
- Reinforced heel prevents slippage and power loss
- Body Geometry technology boosts comfort and efficiency
- BOA fit system is quick, convenient, and secure
- Non-slip replaceable heel tread improves walkability
- Titanium cleat nuts allow 5mm fore/aft adjustment
- Item #SCQ000H
- Upper Material
- Dyneema mesh
- BOA IP1 dial
- Body Geometry
- FACT Powerline carbon plate, Stiffness Index 13.0
- Cleat Compatibility
- Recommended Use
- road cycling
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 2 years
What do you think about this product?
July 30, 2020
- I returned this product before using it
- True to size
- Size Bought
I was interested in these not for the weight, but the stretchy forefoot (to accommodate a tailors bunion). They were nice and roomy in the forefoot, and the heel was pretty solid even though there isn't much support. But the midsection (right at the last boa lace) was so tight I could barely get my foot past it and it dug in even with the boa completely loose. So good fit front and back, but the middle not so much. I feel like if there were about a 1/4-1/2" more material one could snug the boa down and they would be perfect. I'm sure Specialized has data backing up their design (or maybe I just got a defective pair), but unfortunately not for my feet. If you have narrow a midfoot, these might be good for you.