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Vittoria VELAR

With the VELAR, Vittoria has created an aesthetically and technically excellent road bike shoe. For an optimal fit Vittoria uses two Boa IP1 closures in each shoe; this clever retention system wraps around your foot while reducing the pressure points, and the shoe is available in two widths. Another special technical detail is the reinforcement bars in the carbon sole, which increase stiffness while reducing the amount of material and thus the weight. The extended insole provides for arch support and can be individually adapted. It goes without saying that the Italian VELAR also scores good style points: aesthetically the highlight is the matte metallic look with glossy applications.

Weight: 538 g (pair) | Price: € 369
vittoria-shoes.com

About the Award

The Design & Innovation Award is both a seal of approval and the benchmark achievement for the bike industry’s highest-performing products. The Design & Innovation Award is more than just a title-giver or a round of applause for brands. It’s the definitive award that decisively tests products in the real world, assessing them in their entirety and reaching considered verdicts. This year once again saw select international journalists, professional test riders, and industry experts invest more than 6,000 hours of their time to partake in the DI.A process.

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