Carnac Attraction road shoes review£434.99

Carbon-soled magnetically-closing footwear

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Carnac's latest shoe design features a magnetic closure system rather than a standard ratchet. The straps loop over and the magnets in the ends are pulled – or magnetically attracted – into a ratchet slider, into which they also hook.

It sounds more complicated than it is, and makes getting them on and off a doddle, though the slider part you adjust to get the fit right is initially very stiff. The one-piece carbon sole has vents under the toe and mid section which do a great job of channelling air in. Brilliant in the heat but not on cold days.

The uppers have a large toe box, so take note if you’re used to a narrower and shallower design. We like the fact that the toe bumpers and ratchets are replaceable, but remain unconvinced by the magnetic closure.

Yes it’s a bit quicker than most, but it’s no more adjustable than standard systems, and the Attraction's 408g weight (size 45) is heftier than its rivals. At £435 these need to be something truly special.

Warren Rossiter

Senior Technical Editor
Approaching two decades of testing bikes, Warren can be found on a daily basis riding and exploring the road and off roads of Wiltshire's Salisbury Plain in the UK. That's when he's not travelling the world to test the latest kit, components and bikes.
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