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Specialized Search Delivers Mid-Priced Gravel Helmet + New Recon 1, 2 & 3 Shoes

Specialized Search Gravel Helmet and Recon shoes
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Looking for a more affordable gravel & adventure helmet that’s not short on features? The new Specialized Search seems to deliver just that. Built with a MIPS Evolve Core system and the “biggest vents in class,” the helmet is an interesting addition at $160.

Specialized Search Gravel Helmet mips

Specialized claims that the vents on the Search were derived from their S-Works helmets, and as a result, the vents are the biggest among its competitors. More importantly, the helmet works with their 4D Brow Cooling design with a gap in front of the forehead which helps draw air into the helmet channels, and out the large rear exhaust vent. We’ve been very impressed with the ventilation of recent Specialized helmets, and it seems the Search will be no different.

Inside, you’ll find a MIPS Evolve Core system which is partially responsible for the helmet’s 5-Star Virginia Tech helmet rating. The helmet is secured with the Specialized FS3 Fit system with Occipital base adjustment – the same you’ll find on the S-Works Evade 3 and Prevail 3. The straps are also a thin 10mm webbing with an adjustable Tri-fix webbing system.

Specialized Search Gravel Helmet sunglass port

The helmet also features a Secure Sunglass Storage dock, that holds most sunglasses tenaciously. The little rubber flaps and port for the temple seem to work really well. The only catch is that it’s so secure, that it seems to require two hands at times to store or remove the glasses from the dock.

Specialized Search Gravel Helmet actual weight

On the scale, a medium Search helmet checks in at 316g, which seems quite reasonable for a helmet at this price with these features.

First Impressions

I haven’t had much time in the Search yet due to travel and illness, but my initial impressions are very good. I love the fit, much like the recent Propero 4, though the Search seems to sit up a bit higher and feels heavier even though it’s less than 10g.

For a helmet that is $40 less, the Search seems like a great option for riders who want excellent ventilation that will stand up to the abuse of adventure and gravel riding.

Pricing & Colors

Specialized Search helmet colors

Initially offered in five colors, the Search will have some models that coordinate with the new Recon shoes below. Available in S, M, and L, the helmets are all priced at $160.

Recon 1, 2, and 3 Shoes

Along with the Search helmet, Specialized is introducing three new versions of their Recon Gravel shoe.

At the high end, the new Recon 3.0 is a dual-BOA gravel shoe with the stiffest sole. The Carbon STRIDE toe-flex technology is said to allow for natural movement off the bike while keeping things stiff for pedaling. Dual BOA L6 dials allow for micro-adjustment while riding, and a chunky SlipNot rubber outsole should grip well on most surfaces.

Specialized Recon gravel shoes actual weight

Our 41.5 sample weighed 320g per shoe which is a bit less than claimed. It’s even lighter when you consider that these shoes run big. I’d say that they’re at least a 1/2 size if not a full size bigger than claimed – big enough that the 41.5 I usually wear slips at the heel and has a lot of extra room at the toes. Keep that in mind for sizing.

The Recon 3.0s are priced at $250 and available in Black or Dusty Clay as shown.

Recon 2.0

Specialized Recon 2.0

The Recon 2.0 drops to a single BOA L6 dial with a lower velcro strap, and the stiffness drops from a 10 to a 6, though still with the STRIDE toe-flex design. The 2.0s claim to be only 2g heavier than the 3.0, and sell for $180 in Black or Dune White and Vivid Pink.

Recon 1.0

Specialized Recon 1.0

Last but not least, the Recon 1.0 is the most affordable by far at $120. You’ll find the same injection STRIDE toe-flex tech on the 2.0 with a 6.0 stiffness rating, just with a lower-level BOA dial and upper without the added velcro strap. Coincidentally, these are also the lightest by claim at 331g for a single 42 shoe.

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tech9
19 days ago

Specialized needs to ditch the velcro stap on their shoes. It’s pretty much worthless, always gets dirty and looks like crap. I mean just look above. The recon 1.0’s look so much better than the 2.0’s, and 60.00 cheaper just because the veclro strap.

Tom
Tom
19 days ago
Reply to  tech9

Yes!!! 100%. It seems to be the wrong solution to a consumer problem that is pervasive in product size selection. It offers a little tightening of the forefoot but not enough to be of real value. The bigger issue is consumers buying ill-fitting shoes. Every company has their own unique take on last design with shapes be as varied as the number of brands. Those forefoot straps aren’t actually necessary. Most people are either wearing a shoe that is 1/2 size too big or the wrong shape for their foot. I wore shoes from the big S for years but as they increased the volume of their forefoot I moved to Giro shoes and found the fit to be far superior for MY foot. No one shoe is the right fit for all feet.

tech9
19 days ago
Reply to  Tom

@tom Ha! the reason why you moved to giro’s from big S is because the guy responsible for your giro shoes actually worked at specialized before the forefoot increase in size.. So you’ve found the proper shoe to move to if you liked the older specialized.

Tom
Tom
19 days ago
Reply to  tech9

In that case, I owe that man a beer.

Cody
Cody
19 days ago
Reply to  tech9

Agreed. Having owned 3 pair of Specialized shoes with velcro straps over the last decade, I can confirm that they are completely pointless.

Andrew
Andrew
18 days ago

Really surprised by the lack of toe-spikes. I’ve been waiting for specialized to release new off-road shoes that I could use for Cyclocross….. these look perfect, but the lack of toe-spikes makes them a non-option.

Speshy
Speshy
18 days ago
Reply to  Andrew

I can appreciate the lack of toe spikes! Every mtb shoe I have ever had has these two little screws, which inevitably fall off, right where I wish I had an extra grippy bits for walking on normal terrain. I have never used the toe spikes nor ever wanted them. Make a CX specific shoe that’s focused on winter muck and running up hills. Give us a more practical shoe for gravel and mtb.

John
John
15 days ago
Reply to  Andrew

I’m saying it’s about time they made a shoe without the toe studs. The market is full of those shoes from every other brand.

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