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New Specialized S-Works Vent EVO Gravel shoes air out comfort, performance

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Following their S-Works Vent road shoes and Prevail Vent II helmet, the new offroad-ready Vent EVO Gravel racing shoes take it to the dirt.

Built on the same lightweight, stiff, and breezy design philosophy, the Vent EVO Gravel shoes are made for hammering out long, fast miles in comfort. Here’s how they do it…

new specialized s-works vent evo gravel bike shoes shown on a rider

Designed to offer the same stiffness and performance as their S-Works Recon XC mountain bike shoe, the new Vent EVO Gravel adds more ventilation and mesh panels. The idea is to keep the feet cool and dry (assuming conditions are dry, of course), which helps you perform better.

new specialized s-works vent evo gravel bike shoes in black

They accomplished this by making just about every part of the shoe’s upper that could be flexible, breathable. A combination of Dyneema and mesh/TPU panels built around a new last shape claim to offer great fit for a wide range of foot shapes while holding those feet securely and comfortably.

new specialized s-works vent evo gravel bike shoes

The sole gets their Body Geometry treatment, with longitudinal arch support and a +1.5mm forefoot Varus Wedge to prevent sloppy pronation as your feet, ankles, and legs get tired over time. Their Metatarsal Button helps splay the foot a bit, too, to prevent cramping.

new specialized s-works vent evo gravel bike shoes in red

They get the same custom machinged alloy dials controlling the BOA S3-Snap Fit closures, plus a smal Velcro forefoot closure. A plastic heel cup stabilizes the rear of the foot, with a matching front bumper to protect both ends of the shoes from scuffs.

new specialized s-works vent evo gravel bike shoes

Molded tread supports and rubber blocks provide plenty of traction off the bike, with removeable spikes included.

new specialized s-works vent evo gravel bike shoes shown being ridden on dirt roads

The S-Works Vent EVO Gravel comes in Black and Red/Black and will retail for $450 (€430 / $600AUD), and come in all the usual sizes. We have a set in for testing, stay tuned for a full review.

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TypeVertigo
10 months ago

“New last shape” but the outsole is still very reminiscent of the S-Works 6 XC – to my eyes it’s nigh-on identical. Which is no bad thing; I just hope the tread blocks are softer and grippier on these.

Otherwise these seem like the S-Works 6 XCs with an airier upper.

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